The Stress Effect

I have been going through one of the most challenging times of my life. My situation at my long time job has been deteriorating steadily over the last year. Paychecks started to become dicey in January, then we didn’t get paid for April until the first week of May. Coincidentally, my cold symptoms started that week, and today, almost 2 weeks later, I sit at home with pneumonia. But I am on the mend!

I have always dealt with stress in a healthy way – keeping up my routines with healthy eating, work outs, and social activities. This time, between the inconsistencies of the paychecks and the sheer not knowing what was going to happen was terrifying. I want to mention here that things are on the upswing again. We are merging with another company starting in June, and my job has remained secure.

To cope during this time, I used acupuncture and massage therapy, and frankly this blog to keep my spirits up. Also, my water jogging workouts during the week were key. Not only is it the perfect way to decompress after work, but it’s social. You meet lots of great people in the water. And my husband and friends. My husband has been my rock, assuring me over and over that we would be okay no matter what. And the constant love and support from my dear friends and co workers during this time will always be cherished.

Creature comfort – Pearl & Jake
Giving credit where credit is due. They keep me smiling and my heart full.

There hasn’t been much meal prep going on, but I have kept myself “safe” with healthy and low calorie/ low point convenience foods. I made sure I that I had eggs, low fat/ low sugar yogurt cups, and light canned soups, and of course my Ole Whole Wheat Tortillas for 50 calories each in the house. Luckily I do have a healthy pantry stocked at all times as well. And I am drinking gallons of water. And hot tea.

Healthy yet comforting snacks
Light Canned Soups – 160 – 180 calories for the whole can, and delicious
Strawberries and Cream for dessert make me happy

Today I made a rich, healing chicken soup. I used chicken breasts on the bone with the skin on, as I wanted a full bone broth for all of the nutrients. I added the prepared
Mirepoix from Trader Joe’s, lots of garlic, salt & pepper, as well as turmeric and ginger for their flavor and anti inflammatory properties. I also added a little bit of dried basil.

Healthy Homemade Chicken Soup is on the menu

I feel like I learned a lot about myself during this tough time, and feel stronger because of it. I am just looking forward to the page turning and a fresh start.

Thank you for being here. Join the conversation with any comments and/ or tips for me.

Have a great week!

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