Weathering the Storm

By · October 31, 2012 · Dieting Health Healthy Eating Motivation Nutrition Psychology of Eating Special Uncategorized Weight Loss · Leave a comment

tree downI hope everyone made it through the wrath of Hurricane Sandy safely and with little damage. With most people out of power (97% right now in Fairfield), it is tough to eat healthy with limited choices and no electricity. So how do you weather the storm with your waistline intact?

Clearly there are bigger considerations right now than weight gained or lost. So instead of lamenting plans gone awry, you have to let it be. Sometimes you have no control of the situation. In the wake of a natural disaster, this is one of those times. Right now my table is covered with high sodium canned goods, crackers, pretzels and peanut butter. I do have apples and a few bananas, but everything else is processed enough to last through the next calamity.

For those of you who have worked hard to get to your recent weight, this can be a big setback and disappointment. Just know that this will pass, and you can and will get back to your healthier eating. The body is an amazing machine that will work with you again when you are ready.

In the meantime, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated; especially if you are eating lots of high sodium foods. Continue to gauge your portion sizes. Eat three meals and two snacks as usual. It is so easy to mindlessly munch all day with no electronics and little else to do. Resist the urge.

Also, for those of you who are stress eaters, now is the time to pay close attention.  Instead of eating, talk through your fears and frustrations, and if you are in an area that is safe to venture outside, get out and walk that anxiety away.

When a disaster strikes, we are always acutely aware of the blessings of family and good health, because in the end, it is all that matters. So take this time without the daily distractions, to appreciate all the things that make your life worth living, but perhaps have been taken for granted. One thing history has taught us, is that oftentimes it is these temporary set-backs that make us stronger.

I wish you and your family a speedy recovery from the storm. And Sandy, as powerful as you were: The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.  ~C.C. Scott

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