Let me preface this post by saying that A LOT of friends and neighbors have MUCH bigger, more terrible things to worry about than getting their eating back on track. Please know that this post is only intended for those who can think about their waistlines and eating/exercise. My heart sincerely goes out to the many, many, many people around Florida and the Caribbean Islands who have lost so much–and for some– everything!
I definitely join you, sweet friends, in eating my feelings (mainly stress & anxiety) through this recent hurricane. Rice Crispy Treats, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pretzels, chips, baked danishes…I would continue but you get the point. I ate SO much snack-y junk food and need a major re-set.
Here are the 4 things I’m doing the rest of this week and the following week to get myself back on track:
1) Meal plan: It is always incredible to me how much better I eat when I plan my meals (especially dinners!). I plan to comb the grocery store sales papers and dig deep into my freezer and come up with good, old-school, vegetable-heavy favorites this week.
2) Get back on my regular workout schedule: While I’ve done my best to keep up with my workouts, I’ve done a lot more sitting around that I normally do. Even though I feel completely worn out from the extra stress, lack of sleep, and off-schedule toddler, I am forcing myself to get back in the gym on the days and times that I would normally be there!
3) Replace the snacking with a healthier option: Hydration is cool and all, but really, I need something to fill the void of putting M&Ms and pretzels in my mouth. If I reach for my bottle of water every time I crave something, I tend to lose the craving more quickly than if I just try to fight through it with no replacement.
4) Stay busy so there’s not much time to miss snacking: Volunteering to make meals for friends and neighbors, helping with clean up, watching someone’s kids so that they can be ultra productive, bringing towels, personal care items & food to everyone who needs it, doing yard work…you name it and I’m sure you can find someone who needs help with some or all of the above things. If you fared well in the hurricane, helping others is a GREAT distraction from eating. Go love on someone and I can guarantee that feeling is much better than a bag of chips or glass of wine!
P.S. If you’re in the St. Augustine area and there’s something I can do to help you (fold laundry, watch your kiddos, bring you a meal, pick up big limbs, rake leaves– whatever!), please let me know!!!!