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This Made Me Feel Great!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Just read this article on blogs.webmd.com
"Why You Shouldn't Stress About Lockdown Weight Gain"

the author notes that these aren't normal times! Far from it. Our routines have been turned upside down and it's hard to establish new routines. And even though my mornings are pretty much the same, that leave a lot of day where not much changes from day to day. I'm not a baker so even that isn't something I can do! And my food choices are different too and I was getting a little concerned.

She has some suggestions:
Scrap the diet: "Restrictive dieting is a physical stress to your body and a mental burden." Now I didn't ever really "diet" so I'm not doing much different now. Sure there are times when I overeat and that's OK. It's one evening or one lunch.

Be kind to yourself. “This is an opportunity to practice self-compassion,” says Jennifer Carter, PhD, a sport psychologist at The Ohio State University. This doesn't give me carte blanche to eat everything in sight, but a cookie once in a while. Just fine. Surprisingly enough I've been living this way for almost 8 years and truthfully I prefer to eat healthy. And recognize that there are plenty of ways to be kind to myself that don't involve food. Meditating outside listening to the birds this afternoon was wonderful.

Embrace the silver linings. "Slowing down while eating can help you enjoy your food even more and recognize when you’re full." We are eating outside most nights and talking to each other. Not only enjoying the food, but the whole experience.

Have faith in routines. Before this we pretty much focused on a plant based diet, but can't get everything that I'd like. Tonight we had a delicious soup with ground beef, LOTS of frozen veggies and whole wheat pasta. Delicious. I know that once this is over (or better) we'll go back to the way we like to eat. And when the gyms open we'll get back to our fitness routines. Still getting in lots of walks and stretching....the strength work? not so much.

Seek help if you need it. "If you feel like food is the only way you are coping right now, seek help from your doctor. " There are days when my anxiety is over the top and taking a walk and talking about my feelings to my partner helps. Doing a relaxation exercise before bed is really helping.

We will all find ways to get through this experience. It's not easy.
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