How to Eat During Challenging Times
Last year, around this time, I was moving out of my shared home with my husband into my own apartment.
It was a disorienting and very difficult time for me, one that required a single-pointed, short-view focus on getting through each day (one day at a time).
Major life changes often require simplicity often out of sheer necessity.
To cover my basic bodily needs I needed to make sure at the very least that: a) I was eating, and b) that I wasn’t compounding my problems with food habits that would make me feel physically or emotionally worse.
I can’t tell you how many dozens of eggs I hard-boiled and ate. My guess is my bodily tissue is at least 35% egg by now!
Another large percentage of my diet consisted of avocado, granny smith apples, and peanut butter.
(Unvaried? Sure. But simple and pretty supportive).
And then there were the periodic episodes of ice cream, tortilla chips, and doughy bread-like foods, too.
Consider this part of the terrain as well (I will explain more soon). There are wonderful gems and new invitations here, too.
If you are finding yourself in a challenging life situation and feel you are struggling to take care of your nutritional needs, here are two guiding principles that should help:
Let go of the way you used to do it and buy simple staple foods.
What staple foods can you buy that you know you feel relatively well eating? Know that you will likely not be spending much time cooking. Get a sense of the next best thing. Then accept the next best thing after that.
Specifically try your best to eat protein, fat, and fiber. (Regulates blood sugar and is helpful to regulate your nervous system)
If you are able to do these two things, consider yourself a nutritional warrior.
And know a loving move is the recognition and acceptance that your eating may very well be impacted during difficult times.
In the next blog, I’ll share what you can do with your diet when you are not in crisis. There’s very important work during these parts of the flow, too!
Until then, please be good to yourself.
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