Dieting or Lifestyle Change: The Struggle Is Real

This extremely challenging and unpredictable year of 2020 is finally coming to an end.  All of humankind has been affected in one way or another and many of us have turned to comfort foods, especially, when it was difficult to buy certain foods due to the circumstances.  Personally, I felt a sense of comfort and nostalgia eating canned foods such as ravioli and boxed macaroni and cheese.  Unfortunately, comfort foods have started to become a staple in my everyday diet versus a special occasion indulgence.  A new year is upon us therefore, I am starting to ponder upon what resolutions to have for 2021.  Should I start a diet to lose the extra pounds gained or should I do a lifestyle change and get rid of all the canned, boxed and processed foods?

Previously, I had a decent eating plan and stable workout schedule.  It still boggles my mind how easily I was able to throw caution to the wind and turn to comfort foods throughout this year.  Actually, what is more interesting is that I am not alone, several people I know are in the same boat as I am in trying to figure out how this became part of our norm.  I have started to slowly regain an exercise routine but I am missing the other equally important part of this equation which is a good nutrition plan.  Personally, diets do not work for me consequently that is not an option.  Dieting has been the ongoing failure route in the past for me as a result, I am looking forward to a new year with a lifestyle change that includes better eating and regular exercise.  I know this upcoming year will still be full of challenges as we have not overcome this atrocious virus, nonetheless it is important that we take care of our mind and bodies.

As a cancer survivor, it is imperative that I take care of myself by taking my daily vitamins and having a regular exercise routine. Due to the fact that I have an office job I must have a balanced diet and regular exercise routine to help maintain a good immune system.  Although, I continue to experience pain from my cancer battle, eating unhealthy foods make my pain levels increase.  Increased pain levels create unstable mental health thus your mind is consumed with this unbearable sense of impending doom feeling.  It is vital for my personal health to regain my focus on a healthy way of eating to improve my overall well-being.  

It is crucial that I get back on track to improve my health in order to continue to stay in remission and avoid any relapses or getting any other type of cancer.  My goal for 2021, is to continue my journey as a cancer survivor!  


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