Nourish Your Midlife: Resilience Through Food
For the vast majority of women like us we spend a large part of our adult lives caregiving. You likely are raising children, taking care of aging parents, or helping with grandchildren. It’s so easy to put yourself last on the list.
Since the early days of the pandemic, my best friend and I have communicated every day whether over text or voice note (our own personal podcast if I’m being honest). It’s how we’ve been able to support each other through all the many challenges of life. It’s a lifeline.
She’s raising her 8-year-old daughter and taking care of her 84-year-old Mom. It’s a lot - mentally, emotionally and physically. Together we’ve supported each other through this journey that no one prepares you for.
When I had the idea for the Midlife Blueprint of course I voice-noted her every single idea I had in my head. She enthusiastically joined my beta class.
She learned my method for using food to fuel yourself so that you have the energy to show up in life feeling good in your body and having the strength to show up for the people in your life who are relying on you.
Last week was hard for her. Her Mom ended up in the ER twice, a visit to the doctor’s office and a visit to Urgent Care. Que the disrupted sleep, work schedule that was tossed aside, and still having to care for her husband and daughter.
Do you know what sustained her through such a crazy week?
Eating well. Not letting the wheels come off the bus. Prioritizing her own well-being.
She was delighted with herself - her mood was better, she had energy, she allowed all the irritations of the medical system to not overwhelm her, and she had more patience and resilience.
Remember I don’t teach you how to diet I teach you how to eat real food and build meals that sustain and nourish you.
She was prepared and prioritized protein, fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats. It’s simple. Think Greek yogurt with berries that she tossed in a cooler bag and took with her to the hospital.
Caring for yourself doesn’t have to be complicated but it can have huge payoffs.