Never in my life did I expect my first official post to be knee deep in the middle of a global pandemic, but here we are. This challenging time is accompanied by many heavy emotions. As if unrealistic diet culture is not persuasive enough during more normal times, it seems to have increased ten fold during this time of quarantine or social distancing. There have been countless posts promoting using this time to “diet”, “reset”, “eat healthy”, “start XYZ new program”, etc. Wellness influencers all are pushing products, workout routines, and immune boosting foods that should be taken advantage of during this time (by the way, food will not protect you from COVID). At a time where we seem to have so much on our plate, why does should it also feel like we need to diet and exercise as an added pressure? There are so many individuals who are fighting for their health, trying to homeschool their children, learning to work from home, dealing with unemployment, struggling with mental health, or trying to find access to any food at all.
More than likely, you are eating a little differently than you are used to. Some of us don’t have access to the typical fresh foods that we usually purchase and are living off pantry staples. That’s ok! Your body is equipped to handle that. Many of us are home all day long and might be snacking or eating more that normal. We may even be eating at different times than we usually do. Thats okay too! It is normal and healthy to use food as a method of coping. The term “comfort food” was created for a reason.
If you are someone who is struggling with access to food, someone who fears weight gain during this time, is concerned about the amount of non perishable foods you are consuming, or have any other fears in regards to food or exercise, you are not alone! Below I’ve compiled a list of free resources to help you. If you need further help, please reach out to me via email or my contact page. For the months of April and May, I am offering 1 session with me for free. Remember, we are all in this together. Be kind to yourself!
If you are having difficulty putting together meals with pantry staples:
Intuitive/mindful eating during COVID resources:
This post from Alissa Ramsey is amazing, and discusses how to deal with eating and body image during this time of social isolation.
This article by Rachael Hartley talks all about how processed foods aren’t so bad after all.