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Strategies For Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle For Women In Midlife

Strategies for maintaining a healthy lifestyle

Food For Your Soul: Dawn McGee

Well, we’ve all been there, haven’t we? We’ve diligently set up our health systems, promising ourselves that we’ll eat right, exercise regularly, and make time for self-care.

We’re determined to stay on track, but life often has a knack for throwing us unexpected challenges and disruptions. And when it does, it’s easy to get discouraged. But remember, we’re all human, and it’s perfectly okay to stumble from time to time. The real magic lies in what we do next.

There’s an old adage that goes, “It doesn’t matter how many times you’re knocked down, what matters is how many times you get up.”

So, what do you do when life throws a curveball your way? I’d like to share an important lesson with you – the power of adaptability and resilience. Here are the primary strategies for maintaining a healthy lifestyle for us women in midlife.

Five Strategies For Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle:

“The same principle applies to your food systems.”

1. Adapt Your Time Management System:

When it comes to managing our time and schedules, maybe you need a backup for your system. If a calendar entry sometimes slips your mind, consider setting an additional reminder later in the day. Life’s unexpected hiccups happen, but with a little extra support and technology help, you can ensure you don’t miss out on self-care time or any of the important appointments you set with yourself.

2. Adapt Your Food System:

The same principle applies to your food systems. Imagine you planned a meal but found yourself without the ingredients or time to prepare it. Instead of feeling disheartened, take a look at what’s available in your pantry, freezer, and fridge. You’d be surprised at how many delicious and nutritious options you can create with the ingredients at your disposal. And if all else fails, there’s no harm in making a quick store run or ordering a healthy meal in.

3. Adapt Your Fitness Routine:

When it comes to your fitness routines, sometimes things don’t go as smoothly as planned. Maybe you couldn’t make it to the gym or complete your usual workout. Don’t let this derail your progress. Do a shorter workout. Go for a walk while you’re on a conference call. Reschedule it for later in the day. Life is full of unforeseen obstacles, but remember, they’re just temporary bumps in the road. Adjust your plans as needed, but never give up on them entirely. Just keep moving forward, 1% at a time!

The key to success is consistency, adaptability, and the determination to keep making progress, no matter the challenges you face. Your health and well-being are worth every bit of effort you put into them. It’s important to acknowledge that setbacks are part of the journey. They don’t define you; they’re merely stepping stones on your path to better health.

“They don’t define you; they’re merely stepping stones on your path to better health.”

4. Find Balance:

Deprivation is an outdated concept. Let’s relish the things we love while being mindful of what we put into our bodies. Find foods that serve your body, your brain, AND your soul.  It’s all about finding that PFC balance, avoiding the dreaded blood sugar spikes and the post-holiday-dinner food coma.

5. Embrace the Variety:

As you navigate the twists and turns of life, always remember that you’re worth the effort it takes to maintain a healthy lifestyle. So, don’t be too hard on yourself. If you need to adapt, adjust, or even restart your health systems, do it with grace and self-compassion. Embracing life’s curveballs with grace is all about finding your personal balance, adapting when needed, and always moving forward with a positive mindset. Hopefully these strategies for maintaining a healthy lifestyle will give you the nudge you are looking for. Remember, you’ve got this!

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Dawn McGee

About The Author:

Dawn McGee is a Nutrition Evangelist and Lazy Cook. She is super passionate about putting the fun back into being healthy and does that by teaching women how to eat to serve their body, brain, and soul so that they can get off the sidelines and back to doing all of the things that bring them joy. She works with women who are ready to make their health a priority and just need someone to help them get started and guide them through the process.

Dawn has been coaching clients in person, online, in groups, and in a 1:1 capacity for more than a dozen years. Prior to becoming a nutrition and fitness coach, she spent over 25 years in the high-tech industry, so she truly understands the life of busy professional women. 

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