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THE TRUTH ABOUT DIET, EXERCISE & OUR BODIES DURING A CRISIS

This is an event that none of us could have ever prepped for and our minds are still trying to wrap our head around this. I ask that you be kind to your body, nurture your body, love on your body fiercely, respect it, and even better, be PROUD of it.

Hunter McGrady

Model / Advocate

We are seeing a range of conversations online about food and dieting while we’re staying home and physical distancing. Some people are concerned about the impact that staying in, limited exercise options and changes in their eating routine will have on weight gain. Others are talking about using this time to get into better shape. The topics of food and dieting are already sensitive subjects for many of us, and this time of uncertainty, stress and altered routines can amplify that sensitivity.
 
First, if you’re feeling overwhelmed about food, weight and your body right now – you aren’t alone. These are weird times and it’s hard to process everything. Secondly, this is not a “time out” with an expectation of hyper-productivity or self-improvement. We’re staying home to protect ourselves and others during a very unusual and challenging time. Our jobs are two-fold – to help stop the spread of the virus and to stay well.
 
Let’s say that again, our jobs are not to change the world, change our lives or change our bodies during these weeks. Our jobs are to stay home if we can, stay safe and to stay as healthy as we can be right now. 
 
That’s what matters – keeping our bodies and mind as healthy as possible so we aren’t increasing our risk of getting COVID-19 and so we aren’t putting additional strain on our medical system.
 
Here are some tips to help:
 
Create Simple Routines: Routines are often a driving force behind our diet and our exercise/movement. Whether you’re working right now or not, your routine has probably changed. We’re encouraging people to try and integrate at least one action to stay calm, stay kind, stay active and stay connected each day. Here are some examples of how simple and manageable it can be to incorporate these actions into your day. The important thing is to focus on taking small actions to support our health and well-being each day without putting a lot of pressure on ourselves to perform or be super-productive during a difficult time.
 
Take it One Day at a Time: It’s not necessary to set some big goal or intention for our time at home. Our diet and exercise routine may differ from day-to-day depending on how we’re feeling. That’s ok. Take it as it comes. We’re all doing our best.
 
Eat as Healthy as You Can: It’s a natural reaction for many of us to want to grab an extra bowl of cereal or other comfort food during these trying times. At the same time, what we eat can have a direct impact on our physical and mental health. It’s not about maintaining or losing weight – it’s about giving our bodies what it needs to stay healthy while we’re staying in. Try to eat as healthy as you can, but give yourself a break if you veer off that course. Drink plenty of water and try to limit alcohol, caffeine and foods with lots of sugars as these things can contribute to anxiety and interfere with our much-needed sleep. Here are some simple tips for healthier eating right now.
 
Integrate Movement into Your Day: Being active in some way each day helps support our physical and mental health. This doesn’t mean you have to do an intense workout video series or learn that latest Tik Tok dance. On days when you  feel up to it, tackle a simple workout (we have some recommendations on our STAY ACTIVE page).  If you don’t make it through the full workout or you’re having a hard time getting motivated – that’s OK. Again, we’re in a crisis…give yourself a break. Some days a walk around the block (if you can do so safely) or a simple stretching routine is enough.
 
If worries or stress around food, exercise or weight is interfering with your ability to sleep, connect with friends and family, or get essential tasks completed, then you should reach out for support. We’e all going to need support in some way to get through this…together. Explore options on our RESOURCES page to get started.
 
If you are in recovery for an eating disorder, it’s important to not blame yourself If you’re struggling more than usual. Here are some resources that can help: