Health experts across the country are encouraging people to stay at home as much as possible since the outbreak of Covid-19. This is especially important for those with compromised immune systems and the elderly, who are more at risk.
Being home for most or all of the day means a completely different diet and exercise routine, along with a complete lifestyle change for most of us. Along with remaining physically active, trying to keep a healthy diet is an important part of your overall health. We know, however, that it can be difficult given the lack of items at the grocery store, but we’ve put together some tips to keep in mind when eating at home.
Plan meals and snacks
A big problem a lot of us face while at home is simply snacking all day long. Especially if you work in or near your kitchen, it’s easy to get in the habit of grazing on treats throughout the day. Try to plan your meals and your snack to avoid doing this and to give your day structure. Meal and snack time can be a great break from work or just a way to unplug from the news. Try to plan meals and snacks a few days or a week at a time and stick to the schedule.
Drinking plenty of water can help you stay productive and motivated throughout the day. So just like you would at the office, keep a water bottle next to your workspace, so you remember to drink water all day long. Stay away from sugary sodas, juices, and sports drinks, as those are not a healthy option. Try to avoid over-consuming alcohol and caffeine as well, which can lead to dehydration.
Buy and freeze fruits and vegetables
Only buying foods that last a long time? Don’t forget you can freeze many fruits and vegetables and eat them later. If you bought too many fruits, for example, you can freeze them and use them for smoothies later in the week. Heat up vegetables in the oven or on the stove to create a stir fry or as a side dish. While we all are tempted to load up on pasta and carbs, remember that fruits and vegetables can also last if stored properly.
Watch nutrition labels
Some canned vegetables have added salt, but there are many brands that offer a “nothing added” variety. If possible, try to purchase those items to avoid unnecessary additives. Just like you would on a routine shopping trip, read nutrition labels to make sure your items do not have unhealthy quantities of sugar, salt, or fat. Try to strive for a balanced diet when possible.
Don’t buy junk food
Although it can be incredibly comforting, try to stay away from buying junk food. If you don’t buy it, then you can’t eat it! For those that have a sweet tooth, try making healthy desserts (and freezing extra) instead of opting for store-bought treats. Or make small changes like substituting dark chocolate for milk chocolate. “Bad” food can often make us feel worse than a healthy diet, so try to skip this type of food moving forward.
Eating healthy is doable when stuck at home, and don’t forget to keep moving. If you need tips, read our advice on starting a workout plan.