Healthy Eating

From Alot to Alone

We have been handed a moment with a “hard stop” on business as usual. Will it change how we prioritize?

Updated 10/2020

It’s like we are living in a movie with a really big plot twist. You know, the kind that we hope ends soon so we can sigh in relief that it’s over.

So many people used to fly by the seat of our pants on many days, not giving it a second thought as we zipped into a store and picked up whatever we forgot, or ingredients to make that meal we hadn’t yet planned.

Like you, I’m hopeful those more carefree days are coming back our way soon. In the meantime, it’s a chance for some reflection time. Perhaps we can even do a few things that have been on our self care wish list. Where to start? Here are three ideas for you to consider in your quest for eating well, moving more, and doing things we humans need.  It can also offer a little something new and positive to focus on in this moment that may just lead to some well-being habits that stick, too.

food diary
Image by JamesDeMers from Pixabay

Keep a food log. There. I said it. Number one on the list. 🙂 Whether you choose to do it in pictures on your phone (yep, this counts), or scribbled on whatever random paper you have, this is an exercise that is TOTALLY worthwhile. I’ve done it a few times over the years. Help yourself see what you are actually eating over the course of a day and week. Why? How do you know what is missing if you can’t remember what you had?

conference call walking
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

Move. Every day. Whether it’s walking around on conference calls, walking up and down your stairs in between meetings, or taking a recess break with kids if you have them, it all counts. Set a goal for once a day to do something that gets you out of the chair, and as you see how good it feels, it’ll likely become easier to add in more throughout the day.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Enjoy a moment to yourself. Despite the circumstances, having a moment to think, read, or just “be” is kind of nice. I’m no doctor, but I do know how much I value a moment to recharge to make myself better for when I’m around people, actively listening and problem solving or creating something great.

How will you reconfigure your alone/a lot time?

By Kim Kirchherr

I am a dietitian working in food and fiber (agriculture) through retail, addressing opportunities to make things better for people and planet.