Filling the Void

When I started my journey to wellness over a year ago I was unemployed. What I missed the most about my job was the socialization, this was a major part of my life that was taken away from me. I tried to fill the void with food. Food not only filled my void for socialization it also became my comfort as I spent month after month looking for employment with no success. Food was in charge and was the only thing that made me feel better. Or so I thought.

When I started my journey to wellness over a year ago I was unemployed. What I missed the most about my job was the socialization, this was a major part of my life that was taken away from me. I tried to fill the void with food. Food not only filled my void for socialization it also became my comfort as I spent month after month looking for employment with no success. Food was in charge and was the only thing that made me feel better. Or so I thought.  

As a mom, I always tell my children that sometimes we need to make the best out of a not-so-great situation. I finally took my own advice in June and started to spend a few days a week volunteering. I wish I had done it sooner! I have been happier ever since making this decision. You’re probably wondering how this contributes to weight loss. This is how it worked for me: by spending a few days a week out of my home I am forced to plan my meals. 


I plan my meals for the following week on a Thursday and go food shopping for the items that I need on Friday. I put my food menu on my refrigerator so I know exactly what I am going to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. There is no time to think about eating something that is not on program. I spend Saturday cooking my meals for the week. I always make doubles batches of dinners and freeze the extra to be used the following week. My freezer is filled with labeled freezer bags of dinners. Snacks are also very important so I always pack my snacks in my handbag and always keep an emergency snack in my glove compartment.

Volunteering helps keep me in check and accountable. Why not try Volunteering? It is not only good for your soul but also good for your health!

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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