Instead of the numerous typical COVID-19 emails you have been getting recently, I am taking a different approach. First, it’s because I typically work from home and only meet clients one-on-one at coffee shops (which I can’t do right now anyways) or virtually – so I don’t really have to tell you that I am keeping things sanitary and clean. I mean, I have somewhat cleaned my home but that is beside the point. If I meet with anyone else it is for an outdoors workout with at least 6-10 feet of space between us. But that is not why I am writing this today.
I am here to remind you that “living life balanced” is a lifestyle that holds up for anything life throws at you; be it a pandemic, a recession, a quarantine, the holidays, vacations, or just another ordinary day (although that might be far off from how things feel right now). What that means is – I don’t offer you diets…because they don’t last. They don’t stand up to stress or when something comes and completely turns your world upside down. But a healthy, balanced, lifestyle does.
When everything gets crazy, people resort to what they know. You could have been on a health kick but as soon as your quarantine happened, everything went out the window and you gave up. If you haven’t changed the little habits and behaviors that you do every single day and make them part of your life and instead make a huge restricting change all at once, you haven’t actually implemented something into your life. The day eventually comes when you can’t do it anymore and you reach for comfort.
While I have been laughing at some of the memes out there (“me after I eat all my quarantine snacks in one night”) it just reminds me how important it is to actually change those habits and behaviors slowly over time so that when shit hits the fan and you end up resorting back to your “comfort level”, it won’t be much of a difference!
I understand there are other things that also get in the way, but I’m talking to all of you who just decided not to care anymore as soon as you got stuck at home. If you are working from home or are staying home because of your family and kids and everything has changed – you CAN still eat well and you CAN still exercise and you CAN still have a healthy mental attitude. It just is going to look a little different and maybe feel a little harder at this point – but it doesn’t need to be. Let’s keep it simple by following the steps below.
This is hard. Your health doesn’t have to be. Don’t wait for this all to blow over to start taking care of yourself again. Whatever your personal struggle may be, you can and you will get through this. You need to put yourself first so you can not only take care of yourself, but your loved ones as well.
Let’s think of “quarantine time” as “self-care time”.
I’m going to leave you with the rest of the quote I used in the beginning because I think we all need to hear this:
“This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will.
I can waste it or use it for good.
What I do today is very important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.
When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving something in its place I have traded for it.
I want it to be a gain, not a loss – good not evil.
Success, not failure, in order that I shall not regret the price I paid for it.”
– Heartsill Wilson
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I am a food loving, activity seeking health coach who resides in Franklin, TN with my husband and two sweet dogs (Lola & Penny).
I believe everyone should eat balanced and not cut food groups if you don't medically need to. All foods can fit in a healthy diet. Unfortunately, I have to avoid gluten and also limit myself with dairy, so my goal is to provide healthy, gluten-free/dairy-free recipes so EVERYONE can enjoy all foods, even if you do have to cut out certain food groups. My recipes are encouraged for everyone to eat, not just for those with sensitivities/allergies! Most of my recipes can be easily converted by using real dairy and whole-wheat in place of my allergy-free substitutes.
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