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Illustration by: Adrian Furrow

Hi Everyone,

Hope you’re doing well.

I came across this interesting article I thought might interest you.

It’s about how we naturally have a surge capacity to help us get through difficult times:

Surge capacity is a collection of adaptive systems — mental and physical — that humans draw on for short-term survival in acutely stressful situations, such as natural disasters.

Thing is though, this difficult time is lasting a long time with no end in sight.

The article talks about how our surge capacity needs to be replenished but since we are still in a state of flux, it has not been able to renew itself.

Makes me think of when you’re worn out and depleted and you go on holidays, it’s so recharging and replenishing.

The article gives you strategies for coping through the pandemic:

  • Accept that life is different right now
  • Expect less from yourself
  • Recognize the different aspects of grief
  • Experiment with “both-and” thinking
  • Look for activities, new and old, that continue to fulfill you
  • Focus on maintaining and strengthening important relationships
  • Begin slowly building your resilience bank account

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Although things have improved somewhat, the pandemic continues. Life will not be back to normal for some time. It’s become a marathon, so we have to pace ourselves. Taking care of our mental and physical well being is more important than ever.


1) STAY POSITIVE
This may be the most important. We have all slipped into negativity and frustration at times because we cannot do the things we are used to being able to do. It’s natural to feel this way, but be careful it doesn’t become a habit. A negativity habit is very easy to form due to the negativity bias and hard to break. Notice if you’re on a complaining loop and try to snap out of it.

2) CUT BACK ON THE TREATS
Enough with the donuts already! I have never seen so many people walking around with so many donut boxes! It’s been kind of entertaining actually.
Yes, most of us have been indulging a little more than usual since the pandemic hit.
It’s time to get back on track. About a month ago now I decided, too many treats and cut it down to once a week. It is hard at first because sugar is addictive, so each day you crave it again, but stick with it and the cravings will go away within a few days to a week.
Limit it to one treat a week, eat healthier and the extra pounds will start to come off. Patience and persistence! PS. When you have a treat, make sure it’s actually worth it.

3) GET OUTSIDE
Get outside every day. This is imperative. Especially now that Summer has finally arrived, we have to soak it up while we can! Make time to go out for a walk, bike ride, swim each and every day, even two times a day, if you can. It’s important for your mental and physical health.

4) BE AWARE OF YOUR FEELINGS
How do you feel? We can go into auto-pilot and just plug along unaware. Notice if you’re feeling lonely, pent-up, irritable or are incessantly complaining. If you are, take steps to feel better, take control.

5) WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING?
What are you watching and how does it make you feel?
I just finished watching Ozark, and I did enjoy it, but it was pretty dark. When you watch a show regularly you can’t help but get swept up in it and think about it through-out the day. If you’re feeling down than it may be best not to watch a depressing, violent, etc. type show.
I just started watching Jane The Virgin and am really enjoying it. It’s light, fun and playful.

6) MOVE YOUR BODY
Exercise! Especially if you’re not working right now, make it your “job”. Exercise will make you feel better in so many ways, good for your physical and mental health.

7) APPRECIATE
Things could be far worse. We are not in a war, we have food, we have shelter. Given that we are really the luckiest people on earth, we can tend to forget how good we have it. There are people in this world, right now, who are suffering for lack of food, shelter, safety and worse. Appreciate what we have, because we really do have so much.

Hang in there everybody!

Accept what you cannot accept. Swimming against the current is exhausting – go with the current instead, life will be much easier.

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Hi everyone,

Hope you are keeping well. Who would have ever thought that we would be in this situation?!

It feels like a movie (have you seen Contagion? It is exactly this!).

The stress and anxiety sometimes gets to me, but overall I am feeling calm and know that this will eventually pass. It’s been a good time to reflect on life and appreciate what we have.

I’ve had a post-it note up on my wall forever, now it applies more than ever:

ACTION IS THE ANTIDOTE FOR ANXIETY

That anxiety, stress and fear we are feeling is in our bodies. We need to get it out. I find physical movement is the best way. Make sure you are not holding it in, breath and move!

I find that going for bike rides, listening to upbeat music, dancing and of course exercising does wonders. Always makes me feel better!

Getting outside is also important, getting fresh air and a different perspective. We have been so lucky with amazing weather and our city has never been more beautiful, we are so lucky to live here.

Teaching my classes and seeing your faces has also been so grounding. Thank you for joining me. It’s been a huge learning curve, it’s wonderful to learn new things.

Helping others is another way to take action. Here are 3 things you can do to help right now:

1) Give Blood
Given the situation, blood donation is very low. Consider donating if you qualify.

2) Assist Seniors
This website connects you with seniors who need assistance. Things you can do range from cooking, delivering food, shopping for groceries, driving to appointments or a phone visit.

3) Help Medical Professionals
Food delivery services are oversubscribed. Front-line medical professionals do not want to go inside grocery stores and expose the public. Volunteers are matched with a medical professional in their neighbourhood by postal code to help with delivery.

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A very powerful message.

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At this time of so much anxiety and stress, I wish you love.

xo,

Ali

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Let’s make this our goal this week!

 

Here’s how you do it:

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May we find joy in the simple pleasures like when we were little.

@lgndfrvr

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continued from More Holiday Eating Strategies

The Ying and the Yang

For me, part of a good life is eating delicious food. The key to enjoying it is to feel good. That means eating with some moderation and balance.

I like to “pre-pay” for my indulgences (see Holiday Eating Strategies) and also Ying the Yang the day of and following a “feast” so there are as few repercussions as possible. Here is what I do:

PREPARE  The day of the event:

  • I always start the day with a big glass of water before I do anything else. It wakes me up and gives me energy. On this special day, I have 4 glasses of water before I eat and then another 4 glasses through-out the day.
  • I have my usual protein shake for breakfast and light lunch, like a big salad with chicken breast. I make sure to include a lean protein in each meal as this satiates the appetite, I don’t want to feel hungry.
  • I drink 1-2 glasses of water right before the event and if I’m hungry I have a light healthy snack before I go.

At the event:

  • I avoid or limit starchy food that will make me feel bloated and full: rice, potatoes, bread, pasta, crackers, etc. It really makes a difference to avoid too much of these foods.
  • I’m picky and choosy,  I try not to eat crap!  I savour the food I love and take my time.
  • I consider each thing I eat and ask myself: Is it worth it?  Is it crap?  How will I feel after I eat this?  Crap makes you feel like crap!
  • I eat one and enjoy it. Having more does not make it more enjoyable especially if you feel sick from over-eating afterwards. Of course, sometimes it’s worth having more though 😉
  • What to do if you find yourself parked in front of the chips eating the entire bowl even though you don’t like them:
    • Recognize what you are doing
    • Ask yourself why… am I bored? uncomfortable? eating unconsciously?
    • Pull yourself away and drink a tall glass of water
    • Repeat if you find yourself back at the bowl

After the event:

  • Before bed, I take a probiotic or a glass bubbly water with a little lime juice to help with digestion.
  • The next morning I’m usually still full from the night before, so I skip breakfast – the key here is to take a moment to notice how you feel.
  • I start the day with 4 glasses of water and then have another 4 through-out the day.
  • I eat extra healthy the next few days: salads, fruit, vegetables, lean protein (and everyday!).
  • It’s just as easy to lose a few pounds as it is to gain a few pounds. Do not starve yourself to do this! That is the absolute worst tactic. Just eat healthy, no crap, smaller portions, lots of water, cut the sugar, make sure to have lean protein at every meal.
  • I get moving: a long walk, the gym, a class.
  • It’s so easy to become addicted to the sugar, notice if this starts to happen and taper it down.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year!

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…continued

Once I’ve decided what I want (see previous post), I start to think about situations where I’ll have the opportunity to stuff my face:

· Treats at the office
· Xmas parties
· Xmas Dinner
· Office Parties
· Open Houses
· Dinner Parties
· Family gatherings
· Treats around the house
· Gifts that are treats

Then I think about the food that will be available at these events and whether I’ll want to enjoy it.

Stop and consider: Is It Worth It?

I ask myself:

  • Is stuffing my face for the month of December worth the extra pounds at the end?
  • How will I feel January 1st with an extra X pounds on my frame?
  • Was it really that enjoyable?
  • Were those delectable treats delectable at all?
  • At the end of Christmas dinner, how do I want to feel?
  • Do I want to have to undo my button and zipper?
  • Do I want to feel bloated and sick?
  • Do I really need to eat more than one plate full of Xmas dinner?
  • Is it actually more enjoyable when I eat more?

Is It Crap?

  • What are the ingredients in that tasty morsel?
  • Is it actually tasty & delicious or am I eating it out of: boredom? something to do? unconsciousness? feeling uncomfortable at a party? obligation?
  • Is it made with artificial flavour and hydrogenated oil? Or is it real made with natural ingredients?
  • What are natural ingredients? If I can’t pronounce it or don’t know what it means then it’s crap. Pretty simple, huh!?
  • How do I know it’s crap if it’s on a platter and there is no package to read? I look it over, does it look like it’s made from natural ingredients or from a package? If it’s homemade chances, are it’s not crap. If it looks like it’s from a package, chances are it’s crap. The more I check the ingredients, in general, the more I have learned to tell the difference and taste the difference. You will be amazed at the difference once you get into it.
  • I consider how I will feel after I eat it. Crap makes me feel like crap.

Be picky!

Be choosy!

Don’t eat crap!

Trust me it’s not worth it.

Just eat food you love and enjoy.

Attitude:

This is a big one. Once you’ve decided on what you want, embrace it. What you think and say to yourself after that is everything. If you start to lament that you’re on a “diet”, that you can’t eat this or that, that you wish you could but you don’t want to gain weight, then you’re hooped, it’ll be difficult to stick to your plan.

Focus on the positive.

Focus on what you’re having instead of what you’re not having. With the right attitude you won’t miss a thing and enjoy what you have.

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