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Healthy eating when life is overwhelming

I just got back from Coldwater, Kansas.  I attended my aunt’s memorial service.  She was 88 and lived a long, loving life.  We will all miss her. 

It was a busy Memorial Day weekend and for several days we ate on the run between this event and that activity.  Ponder this:  How do  you eat healthfully when you’re out of town…..on the run (and a little bit stressed)?  We just did our best, but eating healthfully was not a priority.

Then Tuesday morning I received a call at 7am informing me that my mother had a stroke and was taken by ambulance to the emergency room leaving my father with dementia to fend for himself.  Ponder this:  My parents live in North Carolina and their kids live in Kansas, Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan – all two days’ drive away.

Suddenly meal planning and healthy eating dropped (ka-thunk) to the bottom of the to-do list. 

Solution:  If this happens to you (and it inevitably will), don’t beat yourself up.  Do the best you can and get back to healthy eating as soon as you can.  I for one am going to eat a spinach salad for dinner!  Back on track with healthy eating……

How do you recommend handling these kinds of situations? Any suggestions?  Please share your comments at the comment link below.

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  1. Suzanne says:

    Cheryl, I am so sorry to hear about your Mother.
    That must be very distressing to be so far away and know that your parents need support.

    For me, getting my green smoothie in the morning prepares me for most anything….lots of fresh spinach, fresh ginger, and ground flax seeds plus some soy/whey protein mix.
    That along with supplements helps fortify me for the challenges that seem to come along all too often.

    Hope your Mother comes along OK and your Dad does all right through all of this.


  2. Thanks Suzanne! Hey tell me more about the smoothie. Can you give a “recipe”? I usually have a fruit smoothie every morning with whey, aloe vera juice, colloidal minerals, and chlorophyll. Cheryl

  3. Suzanne says:

    You can find the recipe at this link on my blog.
    It indicates flax oil in this recipe and I am now using ground flax seed instead….more fiber that way

  4. I will definitely make this green smoothie! Thanks so much for the link. I think your site is fabulous. I didn’t know you had that going too! Bravo and smoothie bottoms up! Cheryl

  5. Olive says:

    Many blessings, dear Cheryl! I’m sorry to hear about these recent events in your family. However, I hold the space for the highest outcomes here and know that you will all come out the stronger and better for it.

    Whatever we decide to do outwardly in response to life, for me, it’s always about my inward state, my inner landscape. When I put things right there, the rest follows. As above, so below, as within, so without. For me, centering myself allows me to make the most of things. Some meditation always helps me set the tone for regaining my composure and moving on from there. While it’s not always possible for everyone to meditate, I believe it’s a wonderful way of coping with things.

    Much love to you and your family, sweet sister!

  6. Anne Schrock says:

    Cheryl, I empathize with you having your parents so far away from you; especially, with health concerns.

    For easy hands on meals, I keep readily available plain coconut milk yogurt and coconut water, Salba, fresh fruit in season, locally grown vegetables (direct from my home garden) and my favorite freshly baked muffin of the week.

    A favorite smoothy is coconut milk yogurt with fresh blood orange. Watermelon, coconut water and fennel make for a cool refreshing afternoon drink. A favorite breakfast is my version of the glorious muffin, yogurt and a sprinkling of Salba for protein and omegas. A veggie wrap of greens, black beans and/or chicken with grated cheese is a meal on the go.

    Your family is in my prayers. Take care.

  7. Charles Kendall,DVM,MPH says:


    For stroke and dementia – take Mid Chain Saturated Fats orally several times daily.
    6 to 12 carbon — Coconut oil or Palm Kernal Oil
    OR go to a physician and ask for a Rx for Axona from AcceraPharma -An FDA approved Medical food whose main active ingredient is a single mid chain saturated fat: Caprillic Acid
    ((shortly the same company will be out with similar products for Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases.All 3 are Mid Chain Fats.- not even as effective as Coconut oil!!)))Why? because Coconut contains ALL the midchain Sat. fats and not simply one isolated fat.The purpose is to provide Ketones as a second source of energy for the starved and injured neurons.Coconut provides a longer duration of ketones following ingestion than the Caprillic acid alone.
    Also ALA,DHA,and EPA promote healing and have regenerative benefits.
    Polyethylene glycol given IV quickly – within 4 hours after an event helps seal damaged neuronal membranes.Too late for this now.

  8. Olive – you are such a sweet and wonderful spirit – thank you! I meditate too and think it’s the BEST! Blessings to you. Cheryl

  9. Hi Anne and Charles – thanks for this great information about coconut oil. I’ve been a fan for a while. I originally read about it on the Mercola site. Interesting that two people in a row commented about coconut oil. Do you two know each other?

    Are you familiar with the Eat Right 4 Your Type diet? Type 0 (that’s me) is not supposed to eat coconut. So I’ve stopped using it. Any thoughts about that? Cheryl

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