Can you believe we’re 7 months into 2020?! Where did the time go? How are those New Year resolutions going? Unfortunately, this has not been the best year for multiple reasons. We can go on for hours discussing the barriers this year has brought our health. Whether it was closed gyms, stress, depression, or quarantining; our health goals have been interrupted in some way. But no worries, Wilkins & Westbrooks is here to help get you back on track with tips that are pandemic proof!
Step 1) 5-6 days a week
Understand that what we do 5-6 days out of the week will affect our health. If you are eating foods with excessive amounts of fats and sugar 5-6 days out of the week, your health will reflect it. If you are sedentary 5-6 days out of the week, your health will reflect it. Your current state of energy and health is a reflection of what you have done 5-6 days out of the week. This is not a Segway into a discussion on “cheat days”. This is in no way a ticket to over indulge one day of the week. However, if you decide to consume a less nutritious food item, consume it within moderation! This is a ticket to make the days count so our health can reflect great benefits.
Step 2) Self-care by getting active
Self-care comes in many forms. Beyond relaxation, it also includes nourishment and most importantly physical activity. Create a standing appointment with yourself 4-5 days out of the week for physical activity. Being acclimated to the “new normal” might require creativity at home. If you can’t make it to the gym there are plenty of workout videos on the internet such as cardio, pilates, yoga, and even chair exercises for those recovering from joint pain! Another great example would be elongating your walks with the dog. Making time for your physical activity is one of the greatest acts of self-care you can provide.
Step 3) Chill out! Take it 1 day at a time
Planning is a great trait to possess when it comes to nutrition and convenience. However, we must not get overwhelmed with all the nutrition information provided by the internet. Let’s keep it “simple stupid”. How about taking it a meal at a time and a snack at time each day. When you assemble a meal, ensure you are choosing the most nutritious options and that they are within an adequate portion size. So…what does that look like? We are glad you asked. It looks like half your plate being plant based and keeping portions within the size of the palm of your hand. Schedule an appointment with the registered dietitians at Wilkins & Westbrooks Nutrition Counseling, LLC for more detailed instructions on your specific body’s nutrient requirements.
Whitney & Jasmine