How To Maintain A Healthy Focus When Life Throws You a Curveball

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Life is full of curveballs, whether it is an unexpected family crisis, an acute illness, a personal tragedy or some other life event that you may find yourself in. Having strategies in place to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, even during unexpected, chaotic times, is important for preventing complete derailment of your health plan.

How To Maintain A Healthy Focus When Life Throws You a Curveball

Many people have shared with me that they were doing great with their healthy lifestyle plan, but totally fell off the wagon when an unexpected life event occurred. Life is full of curveballs, whether it is an unexpected family crisis, an acute illness, a personal tragedy or some other life event that you may find yourself in.

As a RD nutritionist, I am selective about what passes between my lips. I plan meals and snacks in advance. My healthy focus (and perhaps my penny-pinching style) leads me to cook from scratch while preparing meals at home. So, when I travelled home to help care for my elderly mother, life threw my healthy lifestyle a curveball. A challenge for this RD was how to maintain a healthy focus while dealing with an acute high stress situation. My top priority was caring for my mother so I found myself partially living at the hospital and getting limited sleep in the process. In addition, the food choices were often limited to fast food and the hospital cafeteria.

What helped keep me as healthy as possible during this challenging time?

Having strategies in place to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, even during unexpected, chaotic times, is important for preventing complete derailment of your health plan. What are your strategies?

Updated: March 22, 2019

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Dec 17, 2013
Brenda Braslow
Brenda Braslow, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)

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