Keep Moving-Nourish

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Posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 by Ashley Marshall under Recreation & Wellness.

NOURISHMENT

Most people are struggling to find their usual groceries with food shortages in the stores. However, you can stillKEEP NOURISHING your body during these times.  Click for more information and helpful links.

Stressful times can alter the what, when, and how we eat. During a time when grocery stores may have empty shelves, there can be an added sense of deprivation and urgency to “eat now while I can”. Social distancing may also contribute to boredom and subsequent snacking to entertain ourselves. You may be experiencing anxiety with constant thoughts of food. This is all natural. Take time to compassionately notice your thoughts and emotions.  Do not judge yourself for thinking and behaving like a real human being. Give yourself permission to eat differently right now.
 
Healthy eating Here’s how to balance your plate with any choice you make. Try to include one of the following at each meal. Take the time to eat mindfully (without distraction).
 
          • Grains/Starches — provide dense source of energy, quenches hunger, and may provide “comfort”.
          • Protein — helps to fill you up and is used by the body to build and repair.  Meat isn’t the only option. You can choose yogurt, cheese, milk, eggs, beans, nuts, and tofu. If you are eating whole grains, there’s some protein in that too.
          • Vegetable/Fruit — provides a dense source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  Frozen or canned are okay.

Food cravings are signals that your body has an unmet need.  When we become too stressed, too scared, or too busy for self-care, our bodies do a fabulous job getting our attention.  Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Did I skip a meal?
  • Am I getting enough sleep?
  • Have I been moving my body regularly?
  • Am I trying to be a perfectionist (especially now with so many unknowns)?
  • When is the last time I connected with someone who cares about me?

We are all in a unique time.  Give yourself the compassion and care you deserve.  Remember to Nourish, Move, Rest, and Love your body.

 
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