• Barbara Clayton Price

Sequestered Psychotherapist

Day 38

I like to cook, but since I've been in isolation, I've just eaten quick things that were easy to prepare. Eating fast things, like chips and cheese, bean burritos, tuna salad, actually, anything that needed little, if any preparation. I'm still not exactly sure why I've been doing this, but one thing I'm sure of, it is probably because of what's going on in the world, and in my life.

I'm an emotional eater, as I'm sure many people are, but what the heck does that mean? I think it's something like, when things get tough, the tough, go to carbs. I intellectually understand why this happens physiologically. Carbohydrates cause out brains to feel happy in layman's terms. Yes, carbs actually change our brain chemistry. Sugar is a drug so to speak, in that, when we eat it, we want more. Carbs also taste great ,and they keep you comin' back for more. When I think back at my quick meals, they all consisted of carbohydrates. I'd fool myself into thinking the orange I ate with them, made it a healthy meal.

When I stepped on the scale last week, I discovered, I'd gained almost five pounds, in the past five weeks. I thought, I have to do something, and since I didn't know when things were getting back to normal, I had to change my eating habits.

Planning meals is a good way for me, to stay on track with what I eat. Making foods high in protein and fiber are always good, Two days ago, I made cabbage soup with garbanzo beans and yesterday I made bean soup. I like great northern beans, but you could use any bean you like. I make enough to freeze, so I have good food on hand. Both of these soups are easy to make and very low in cost. Both soups are good things to consider right now, but I know, I will succumb to chips and cheese along the way, from time to time.. I think the trick is, to limit the high caloric and high carbohydrate foods, not eliminate the carbs all together.

We all need to take care of ourselves right now more than ever. When we are isolated from friends and family, we may turn to unhealthy ways of coping. This is a time, that not only do we need to be more aware of what you are eating, but be aware if you are drinking alcohol to excess, or increasing you use of marijuana. I totally understand, that many want to numb themselves, from what is happening in the world right now. However, using alcohol, drugs or food to do so, can result in serious outcomes.

Everything in moderation, and getting outside to breath fresh air, seem to be the way we should go right now. Sitting outside drinking your fourth beer with a giant pile of nachos, may sound good, but it could lead to a situation that you would't like later. I just finished with my last client session and I'm really hungry. Good thing I have my bean soup ready to heat up, in the microwave, or I'm afraid the fast and easy chips and cheese would win.

Stay safe and remember that this isn't going to last forever.

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