We are living in an unprecedented time; a time of uncertainty. worry. overwhelm. stress. confusion. You name it.
During the next few challenging weeks (or months?) ahead I just want to reassure and provide validation that you can:
take time to focus on your nutrition OR NOT.
eating food that keeps you satisfied and content is just as important- if not more so- than eating for nutritional value. And to be precise, all foods have nutritional value despite what pros and cons you’ve been listening to over the years. So eat what sounds good to you and what’s currently available under the circumstances.
aim to use up potential or anticipated free time to plan & implement a bunch of daily to dos OR NOT.
maybe you’re planning to deep clean your house, read a few books that have been collecting dust, plan some at-home-schooling activities with your kiddos, whatever it is you think you can accomplish in this perceived downtime – feel free to plan as much or as little as you want to, but just remember to be kind to yourself if you do not get everything done that you intended.
Remember to set feasible goals- maybe just a small task or two each day or week. There’s already enough on our plates to with the normal every day challenges of balancing all of life’s daily tasks. If you’re working from home, remaining to go into work, have children home from school, remember the only thing that is really changing is the location in which tasks are being done. You still have the same everyday to do list, the same priorities to accomplish, you will just likely be in a confined space for longer periods of time than normal, so set realistic expectations of what you can, need, and want to accomplish.
find time to incorporate more movement OR NOT.
while daily movement can help with a variety of whole body processes like improving sleep & decreasing stress, if it is one thing that is adding more to your to do list or making you feel overwhelmed at this present time, it’s okay to place a pause on this and focus on everything else that’s going on.
Basically, I don’t want you to feel pressured by anyone else- not social media, the news, your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, whomever. You are free to achieve what you can, whether it’s more or less than what you intended.
In the meantime, I will try to share some food photos on my instagram page to help provide inspiration and information (for those that may want it) without pressure or judgement as well as supportive nutrition messages to promote our sense of calm in these times.
You can bet your pretty little faces that I will still be incorporating comforting, delicious, and satisfying foods into my daily routine and I hope you do to. I wish I could send you this delish lemon blueberry from campus this week because it is AMAzing!