Looking after your fitness post-divorce

Looking after your fitness post-divorce

Going through separation and divorce can wreak havoc on your health.

Sleep, eating processes and stress all play a factor in weight gain or loss. As a result, emotional, mental and physical ailments may crop up. Today I want to address a few questions that can help you transport yourself safely, and healthily through this transition in life.

When it comes to your daily nutrition would you agree it can be challenging to get in all the nutrients you need? Would say you eat at least 3 meals a day? Do you eat a minimum of 2-3 snacks? How many of you have an idea of how many calories to consume daily based on your level of activity and occupation?

If you have a weight goal it may be helpful to know how much you are consuming on a daily basis in term of calories, carbs, fats and proteins.

One of the easiest tools that I have found is using the My Fitness Pal app or fitday.com. If you log your food there, it will show you clearly how much fat, protein, carbs and calories you eat daily.

Generally it is not a good idea to go below 1200 calories a day unless you are doing intermittent fasting, cleansing or on a medical diet of some sort. When your body goes below 1200 calories it senses a deficit and it slows your metabolism and goes into hibernation mode. Diets can be based off your activity level or your basal metabolic rate. You can find out what your metabolic rate is by going to a gym and getting a body composition reading. It will tell you how much your weight is in lean mass versus fat mass is, your body percentage of water, and your resting basal metabolic rate.

Some simple tips to help increase your health:

  • Stay hydrated with at least 8 cups of water a day. Each of your internal organs requires a cup of water to function at its best daily.
  • Eat often to feed your brain and your muscles and to avoid sugar dips or sugar surges – getting hangry is never a fun thing for you or others.
  • Take a good quality multivitamin, omega fatty acid, and antioxidant daily because when you are under stress your body needs to be topped up nutritionally to be on defence mode.
  • A shake a day is a good way to keep your nutrients up and a fast way f or them to be absorbed and broken down. Blueberries, chia seeds, flax seeds, whey protein, spinach or avocado are some common super foods that add a powerful punch to a shake. If you need suggestions on high density nutrition, and a recommended shake let me know and I will give you some.

About Cindy Little

Cindy has been in the health and fitness industry for over 30 years. She is the CEO of Health2Wealth Inc. which relies on health solutions that would help anybody through a difficult time like separation or divorce. For more information contact her at cindy@health2wealth.ca.