Many of us woke up on November 9 of 2016 shellshocked. It kicked off a period of grieving and mourning. Values of hope, inclusivity and empathy were crushed by a movement powered largely by xenophobia and anger.
I met with clients in the following days who were devastated, who felt out of control, quite a few of whom were resorting to old habits that countered the health goals we were making progress toward. A few were overeating late at night, downing bowls of cereal, pasta and microwavable crap. More than one resorted to secret eating in the car. A lot of pizza was eaten, liquor was drunk, and cigarettes smoked.
I understand the inclination to self-soothe. When you're feeling edgy and just a little twinge of hysteria, it might feel good to eat shitty food for a minute, to get that quick hit of "ahhhhhh," that fatty, sugary, salty food give us.
For a minute.
And then you feel worse. The pleasure fades, and you feel guilty, shameful, out of control and worse than before.
I challenge you as I have challenged myself: If you want a hand in making the world a better place, get your own house in order.
That starts with your health and that of the ones you love.
I will not throw my hands up and allow a situation I cannot control to derail my health.
I plan to become a stronger, healthier version of myself. I will eat real food and move plenty. I will build a stronger physical body. I will read more. I will eschew the shortcut and try to do things the right way, even if it's the long way. I will listen better, even to those--especially to those--with differing views. I will practice empathy.
I will support my family, friends and clients in doing all of the above.
I hope you will join me in using this movement as a catalyst to reclaim your health and become a better version of you.