Eat Well, Stay Healthy
When we are cooped up at home, we sometimes hang out in the kitchen, specifically the refrigerator, way too much. We do this mostly out of boredom, but lots of times being stressed can make us want to eat and eat. So, when you start to go for the ice cream, think twice and maybe eat a carrot instead!
During this COVID-19 outbreak, when we are all at home, here are seven helpful tips on eating healthy and keep the pounds off.
1. If you are telecommuting, make a set schedule of when you will have your meals and don’t deviate if possible. Keep healthy snacks in your desk drawer for snacking.
2. Plan a healthy menu and only shop for the items you need for that particular week
3. Make sure you are eating enough protein, using good fats for cooking such as olive oil, eating salads and green vegetables, and reducing caffeine intake. Don’t forget to wash all fruits and vegetables before eating.
4. Always have healthy snacks on hand, including fresh fruits and vegetables, popcorn, and protein bars.
5. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated
6. Keep a food journal. Keep track of what you are eating during your first few weeks at home. Also, keep track of your energy level throughout the day and see what patterns are emerging.
7. If you get tired of cooking and restaurants are still doing takeout, choose healthier options. If you are eating Chinese cuisine, stay away from noodles and heavy sauces, and asked for your meal steamed. With Italian food, portion half of your serving for dinner and save the other half for lunch the next day. Stay away from fast foods which are mostly fried items.
Remember, that along with eating a well-balanced diet, it’s important to get exercise every day. It helps keep off extra pounds and is good for mental well-being. Take a walk or workout in your home with yoga poses or walking on the treadmill. Reducing stress through other ways besides eating will be healthier for you in the long run. Get creative both with menu planning and exercise to maintain your health and sanity.