How Do You Maintain Your Healthy Habits When You Don’t Feel Well?

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I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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It was an early morning in the Haupert household today. Usually, Mal and I (and Murphy) wake up at 5:45 to start our day, but Mal needed to be in Boston bright and early this morning, so we were up and at ”˜em much earlier than usual.

Since I knew it’d be an early start for us, I prepared everything for breakfast last night, so all I had to do was cook it in the morning. I made the batter for Pumpkin Protein Pancakes, which I stored in the refrigerator overnight. I even laid out our Gridder, cooking spray, and a spatula, so I was totally ready to go in the morning. It worked out perfectly.

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And Mal loved the Pumpkin Protein Pancakes! Hooray!

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I added sunflower butter in between and on top of my Pumpkin Protein Pancakes. I also added a few raisins on top. On the side: iced coffee with almond milk.

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After breakfast, the three of us took a ride in the car. Murphy was barely awake (and sporting some serious bedhead), but he still wanted to come along with us. Pugs hate to miss a good car ride.

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After I dropped off Mal, Murphy jumped into the front seat of the car…

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…where he chilled until we got home. (I recently read that his “pissed off face” is actually a relaxed expression.)

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However, the seatbelt alarm in the front seat didn’t chill at all and went off the entire way home. It thought my fat-ass dog was a human! LOL! I don’t know why I thought this was so funny, but I did. I’m weird. Whatever.

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For the past several weeks, I’ve been battling some pretty unpleasant tummy issues. It’s thrown me and my healthy eating (and exercise) habits through a loop. I’ve always had a “stomach of steel,” so I never really paid much attention to what I ate until now. To help with my wonky digestion issues, my doctor suggested limiting the high-fiber foods in my diet to give my system a rest and to minimize symptoms, so I’ve avoided all of my usual healthy fruits, veggies, and whole grains and started to eat more bland, intestine-friendly foods, including chicken, rice, bananas, and sweet potatoes. And I do feel better!

This hasn’t been a common occurrence, but there are certainly other times that I don’t feel 100%””times when I need to change how and what I eat. In the past when I wasn’t feeling well, I used it as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted. I mean, I didn’t feel well, so comfort food made perfect sense. For me, this meant frosting-covered Pop Tarts and neon orange Kraft Mac & Cheese, which obviously weren’t the most nutritious or figure-friendly options. Now, here’s how I get myself healthy when I’m feeling under the weather without blowing my diet and exercise routine all together. Read More

How do you maintain your healthy habits when you don’t feel well?

P.S. I’m hosting a breakfast giveaway on Trading Up Downtown this morning! Lots of new breakfast products!

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67 Comments

  1. 1) Thank you so much for the article about maintaing healthy habits even when we don’t feel well. It was meant-to-be for me to read that today. I’m stuck at home with bronchitis. I know I’ve said it on here already, but I just can’t get over it – I’m mad that I’m sick and can’t workout.
    2) I laughed so hard at Murphy’s photos. I can’t believe the seat belt alarm kept going off! LMAO He’s so cute! I wish I was a good pet owner so I could have a pup.
    3) I’m going to make those Pumpkin Protein Pancakes tomorrow morning. Thanks for sharing. They look delish! I pinned your recipe to Pinterest and it’s getting re-pinned all over the place. 😉

  2. I love Murphy’s cute expressions!

    When I don’t feel well I crave potato chips so I have to stop myself from going overboard. I try to eat healthy foods my body really needs instead of comfort food cravings. And I try to stick with my exercise plan even if it means just walking until I feel better.

  3. I totally know how that feels. If my digestive system is out of whack i stick to oats almond butter bananas rice and sometimea yogurt. I try to avoid acidic fruits and keep veggies away, but it feela weird! I need my veggies :/

  4. Tina- could you be allergic to peanuts? Have you ever tried eliminating them?

    When I don’t feel well I am tempted to eat junk food but I know I will feel guilty and that makes me feel worse so I abstain. My will power is pretty good. I have a new comfort food which is soup with nutritional yeast and ground flax seeds. And for a sweet treat I might allow myself some dark chocolate or some Greek yogurt with flax and a little cocoa powder and chopped nuts. And I never stop juicing even if it means dragging myself out of bed when I feel like crap.

    The coconut kale smoothie sounds great

  5. Ha Ha I have a fat ass dog too, and I just put the seatbelt on her to shut the damn dingy bell thing up. Seriously she just sits there with the seat belt draped across her, or I buckle it anyway and push it behind her back so it sits flush with the seat. Much better.

  6. I totally hear you, when your stomach is upset it really does seem to throw everything out of wack. Including healthy eating/living. I usually try and stay away from foods high in fat that may be hard to break down when my stomach is upset. I have found that sticking to soups, tea, and easily digestible carbs is the way to go!

  7. Whenever I’m under the weather I want carbs like it is no one’s business. I’ll usually go straight for pb toast on whole grain. For the most part I’m full after 2 slices. On these days it helps not to have pop tarts in the house 😉

  8. I had a stomach ache for almost 2 years when I was in grad school – and cutting out some of the fiber pretty much cured me! I am a big proponent of healthy eating and getting naturally-occurring fiber from healthy sources, but some bellies can just handle more than others.

    As for eating healthy when feeling sick, I just try to keep portions small and drink plenty of fluids. Applesauce, plain yogurt, banana, and avocado on toast all settle well but are still fairly balanced and healthy…and yummy!

  9. I have tummy issues as well and it totally sucks sometimes. When i don’t feel well I stick to healthy comfort foods like chicken noodle soup with veggies or warm herbal teas. I figure if I put good things in my body it will heal faster so that keeps me from eating too many cookies!

  10. Oo good to know that sweet potatoes and chicken are OK for an upset tummy! I love those foods and have been dealing with tummy issues the last week. I know that it’s nothing like what you’ve gone through – but I still miss my fiber. Most of my fave foods have fiber! but I love sweet potato so this rocks haha. Thanks!

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