Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Stay Healthy through a Crisis

Good morning, friends!  Happy Wednesday. Isn't July just flying by, too?  I'm doing quite well on my Enjoy July goals and hope you are, too.  Also hope you're staying hydrated and safe in this heat.  This month has been a scorcher!

Today, I want to share an article that I think a lot of us could find useful, or should at least read for the dreaded time when we need some sage words of wisdom.  (Although I hope you never find yourself in such situations.)

Alison at the incredible blog Paleo/NonPaleo recently posted:
[Whether or not you subscribe to a Paleo lifestyle, please hear her out.]

When you feel under attack

In this post, she describes the struggle that comes with a difficult period or traumatic time in life, when crisis strikes and things like ideal eating habits and exercise seem insignificant or burdening.  Those times when it's all you can do to get out of bed in the morning, to continue functioning, to deal with the crisis, to get others through the tough time... how are you supposed to expend energy sticking to your Paleo (or insert dietary preferences here) plan when you can hardly keep yourself together?

Alison reminds us how our healthy choices keep us going, giving us the physical energy and mental clarity that we will NEED to make stressful decisions and handle the crisis.

That moment when stress overwhelms us, or when everything falls apart -- that is exactly when we must take care of ourselves the most. 

When life gets busy, stressful, or overwhelming... and you feel like giving in and letting healthy choices and activities fall to the wayside... remember that you'll feel better if you remain true to your health ideals.  This doesn't mean you need to go overboard or train for a marathon, she reminds us, but just treat your body well with the fuel it needs.  Read Alison's post for her thoughtful tips on staying collected during a difficult period, and remaining on track with whatever your healthful goals are. Dare you.

How do you respond to difficult times?  
Do you keep up with your healthy eating or take whatever's convenient?


  1. I'm going to go check out her post! thanks for sharing!

  2. I sometimes eat junk under stress so I have to be careful!

  3. while i'm not paleo (vegetarian here) I do find it hard to sometimes not eat junk...danged those Resse's peanutbutter cups! so I allow myself to eat and then go hit the bike longer! LOL

  4. such a great reminder here. Funny, the NYT recently on hosting/dietary preferences pointed out how people use dietary regimes to work themselves out of trauma. It's been a lesson I learned as a nutritionist that it doesn't benefit anyone to "give yourself a break" or take a break when times are tough. You may lower expectations and keep things simple but structure helps. Loved this.

    1. Interesting! I'd like to read that NYT piece. And thanks for the input based on your experience; I'm sure you've seen people on both sides of the coin, and the consequences that follow.

  5. It's so true and ironic that healthy eating/exercise are often the first things to go out the door when we're stressed yet are so important to help us get through those stressful times. Thanks for pointing me towards Alison's post. Going to go check it out now!

  6. I really love your blog I love being healthy as well!

    I have learned the hard way that when I drop the healthy living during times of frazzle I only feel worse...


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