Don’t use sheltering-in-place as an excuse to neglect your diet

Although the fictions that cause us to “slip” on our diet are often emotional (i.e,. you “feel” such-and-such is true), we also create fictions based on another form of excuse: rationalizations (i.e., “Once this pandemic is over I’ll be able to get more exercise, this one piece of cake won’t really matter.” Or, “I’m too stressed, I need comfort food.”)

Since there’s always a grain of truth to rationalizations, they can be quite deceptive. But when you hold fictions up to a fact check, the lack of underlying truth becomes clear.

Seeing and admitting the factual truth may be a bit intimidating (i.e., that one piece of cake DOES matter, and comfort food and gaining weight is only going to make you feel more stressed.), Burying your head in the sands of denial will accomplish one thing: It will guarantee that your dietary goals will be trashed.

No doubt your normal routine has been interrupted, but rather than leaning on food to get you through these difficult times, establish a new routine! Go for walks and get some exercises. Exercising will deliver endorphins—mood stabilizers. Eat regular meals at regular times, establish a bed time ritual and try to get at least eight hours sleep. In other words, ADAPT, INVENT, and BE CREATIVE. Don’t become a victim of your cravings.

At least when all this is over you won’t have another battle on your hands—the battle of the bulge!

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