You’ve got a work deadline tomorrow, your electric bill is due, you barely slept last night, and the dog is sick. On top of it all, you’re beyond stressed about the results of the election. It feels like the walls are closing in. With all this emotional stress, you stop eating in a way that’s in line with your goals, because sometimes it feels like all you have to look forward to is your next treat.
Life gets really tough, and all we want is to make it a little bit easier. So, we slip into bad habits, whether that’s overeating crap, skimping on sleep, or killing ourselves at the gym to numb the pain.
Please tell me I’m not alone!
Even just a few months ago, I found myself in a similar situation: missing home tons, struggling to save money, looking for a new job, and trying to figure out where I want to be in the next year. It sometimes felt like too much to bear.
Until I created these simple strategies, when I struggled, I turned to eating less and over-exercising. It helped me feel in control of something as my life spiraled around me. In college, when I struggled with insomnia (talk about feeling out of control), I would exercise at 2am to help myself sleep. And at the end of the day, after my classes? I exercised again. It was a vicious cycle in attempts to find control.
Now, it’s in times like these that I go into what I call “survival mode.” Survival mode consists of my nutrition strategies that will keep me mostly on track during times of stress. In no way are these perfect strategies for fat loss, but they keep me on track when things get really hard.
My survival nutrition strategies
1. Prioritize veggies and protein at every meal to stabilize blood sugar and satiety.
2. Eat one BIG ASS SALAD per day to ensure I max out the micronutrients & fiber of veggies.
3. Choose one moderate indulgence every day. Keeps me sane. Think a glass of wine, a serving of Halo Top, or some dark chocolate malt balls.
4. When in doubt, choose dietary fat over carbs. Carbs often leave me feeling bloated and uncomfortable, and I have found food timing to be incredibly important. So, when faced with the choice, I do better with dietary fat.
By focusing these nutrition strategies on high impact habits, I’m able to maintain my body composition and performance even while my world crashes down around me.
Why you need a survival strategy
Without survival nutrition strategies, you’ll find yourself even more stressed out, trying so hard to stay on track.
When you create your own survival nutrition strategies, you no longer have to worry about your nutrition when life gets tough. Instead, you have a simple nutrition strategy that leaves you feeling healthy and satisfied, regardless of what’s going on in your life.
You’ll also prevent yourself from slipping into old habits. My survival nutrition strategies have kept me from falling into bad patterns of restriction and over-exercise in times of stress.