Why It’s Still Important to Eat Healthy During Quarantine
Listen, before you click away, I am not here to guilt you into eating a vegetable. I’m not here to tell you to put down the sour candy, gummy bears, sour gummy bears, etc. I’m not. I’m going to tell you to stay healthy: whatever that means to you. For me, that’s indulging every once in a while and letting myself feel all of the feels. This is uncharted territory people. I don’t know how many pandemics you have lived through, but this makes a first for me. There are a lot of people trying to tell you what course of action to take during this time to be the most productive you that you can be and #makethemostofyourquarantine. Chances are the social media influncers trying to sell you their 6 week quarantine shred program are just as scared and confused as you are right now.
That’s enough doom and gloom for me. Anyone who knows me knows I am annoyingly optimistic, and I see that as a wonderful quality during this time.
This is the time to put you first. If we don’t take care of ourselves first, we can’t take care of anyone else. How you take care of yourself is your business. This time has taken it’s toll on every aspect of my mental, physical, and spiritual health. In both positive and negative ways. Mentally, I have gotten to be selfish in ways my busy life hasn’t allowed. Physically, I haven’t been as active because of the closings, but I have gotten to utilize my home gym equipment, which I talked about in my last blog post. Spiritually, I feel like I have been able to refocus on that aspect of my life.
One way I have found to take care of myself and all three levels of my health is by eating foods that make me feel good. Eating to heal and eating for fuel have been my motivation during all this. Fuel to fight off the damaging mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of this quarantine. It just so happens that the foods that make me feel my best aren’t sour gummy bears. For a short time, maybe, they comfort me but they don’t strengthen me. I feel my best and my strongest when I eat well-balanced meals and snacks in moderation.
At the beginning of quarantine, I asked myself, “What’s the point anyway? The gyms are closed, no one is going to see me. I should just let myself go.” I had to reevaluate why I was eating healthy and exercising.
At the beginning of any health journey, especially one during this time, you have to ask yourself “Why?” Why are you doing this? Why should you eat healthy. Why should you continue to exercise during quarantine? Why should you care?
Because it’s for you.
You should only be doing those things for you. So you can feel good. So YOU can regain self-control. So YOU can feel strong. YOU are doing it for YOU.
Before COVID, I would’ve said it’s so I can look good in a bikini at the beach. It’s so I can lift heavier or go longer at the gym. It’s so I can go out and be seen, be acknowledged for all my hard work. I was seeking approval from the outside world.
There is no one watching right now that you need to be accepted by. No time frame of dieting until vacation.
So when you ask yourself, “Why?” Remember to ask yourself, “For who?” Make sure it’s for you.
And that’s as good a reason as any I could give you.
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