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RUTH571
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9/18/13 4:22 P

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Thank you for all the wonderful and helpful ideas! My sister will be home by the weekend, the funeral for the Dad of a friend will be this weekend, and I'm beginning to feel like next week I can try to get back on the exercise habit at least a few days of the week..... all of you here have been more help than you realize. God Bless you!



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NIRERIN
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9/17/13 7:52 A

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don't forget about the grocery store. and not in a need to stock up for the week way. most grocery stores will have a section in produce with prechopped and prewashed fruits and veggies. there will be both plain items or items mixed in for salads or parfaits. all you have to do is open and eat for most of them. they even keep wrapped plastic cutlery by this section so you just need to swing by and grab and you're good to snack. the fish section will also have sushi, which if you like it is wonderful for eating just a bit of and being balanced as well as not too mush food at once. the deli section will have hardboiled eggs. the dairy section will have individual yogurt cups. some grocery stores will even put out soup stations where you just ladle one of the soups of the day into a paper container and all you need to do is eat. and if you might eat at home the deli section should also have some heat and eat soups as well as other sides. plus slices of meat and cheese. frequently the meat sections in publix will also make up these little packets that all you need to do is cook. so it might be a fajita packet and it's the meat already cut into strips and peppers and onions already cut up with instructions on the packet for how to make the dinner. they also have a variety of stews and burgers in this way as well for when you are able to put forth a little bit of effort but don't want to take the effort to figure out what to make or have the time to fully prep everything.

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9/17/13 7:34 A

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Another suggestion: leftovers. Whenever you do find yourself with a little extra energy to cook, cook a LOT, and make it something that keeps well or freezes well, so that getting yourself a decent meal for the next few days requires no more effort than punching buttons on the microwave.

Best wishes to you and your family. This must be very hard.

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JUNKDRAWER
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9/16/13 7:41 P

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My family went through a trauma situation earlier this summer. I think you have to go into preservation mode at some point. Realize you can't be perfect but do your best under the circumstances. I agree having a stash of portable fruit and snacks to carry with you can help with easy and uncomplicated nutrition. Walk around when you can, rest when you need it, and realize things will eventually stabalize a bit and you'll have more emotional energy to fight for yourself.

Hang in there!!






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RUTH571
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9/16/13 5:33 P

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Thanks so much for all the helpful hints - I'm feeling so stuck that I can't even think of these healthy things - thank you, all of you!



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9/15/13 8:42 P



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I am really sorry to hear of your sister's diagnosis and your son's friend's father. I am thinking of you all at this time.

One thing that you MIGHT find helpful, is to have on hand some single-serve containers of Ensure or Fortesip. That way if you are in a situation where you need something, you can easily have that and know that you are getting the nutrients that you need.

When my husband was in hospital (he had LOTS of admissions for a week or two at a time) I would take little bags of pieces of apple and/or pear (easier to nibble on a piece rather than eat the whole thing and need more later), a little bag with a few almonds, and 2-3 dried figs. Sometimes I would put a pot of yoghurt in, too. For me, those were the foods I found the easiest to tolerate when needed, but wasn't really feeling like food. I also always have a High Fibre Bar in my bag for emergencies wherever I am, whenever I need it.

Take care, and BIG hugs,
Kris

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Drink some of your calories. Walk the compass for exercise, and to clear your mind.

You can typically get a low cal salad from the kitchen, it's typically low micro too. Drink the carbs, fat, protein, after a walk. Milk, V8, fruit/veg juice, and yes an electrolyte.

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RUTH571
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9/15/13 6:00 P

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Thank you Becky - soup, sounds very comforting! You are right, I have no appetite for meals, but when hungry am not making the right choices. and I forgot to mention, my 14 year old son's friend lost his Dad to a bad accident this week,,,, it's all overwhelming! I need to get back into my yoga practice! emoticon



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9/15/13 3:23 P

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I understand the stress eating.
You really have no appetite for meals; yet you get these strange cravings for comfort through foods that are not the best choices.

Set your goal right now for weight maintenance.
Do plan meals, mini-snacks that are quick, easy, portable. And use these foods. It will control the crazy cravings later.
pieces of fruit
crunchy veggies
canned broth based soups
yogurt
100-calorie pack popcorn
etc

You may want to turn to a different type exercise now that you can do at home and relax. Stretching, yoga, walking etc. It will keep your muscles toned and help with the stress.

Becky
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RUTH571
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9/15/13 2:56 P

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My sister recently diagnosed with cancer, I've been at the hospital 6 out of last 7 days, rarely home at meal time. I work in a public school and September is such a busy month. I don't have any appetite, or time to exercise, how do I make sure I don't completely fall off of the healthy eating and exercise plan I've been working on for 8 months? Help?? I ate so much junk yesterday!



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