Navigating the pantry during quarantine can be a tricky task for many reasons! Essentials like fresh meat and vegetables may be limited, normal income may have changed, or favorite restaurants may be closed. It can be easy to stray from normal eating habits, as some people find themselves stress eating, or even skipping meals all together. We want to ensure that you’re maintaining a good diet while in lockdown, so we’ve put together a list of four tips for eating healthy during quarantine.
Don’t let food be the only reason for leaving the house.
If you’re spending more time at home now, it can be easy to use food as an excuse to get out of the house. This can lead to more visits to the drive through or finding yourself wandering the aisles of the grocery store. It is best to make as few trips for food as possible by planning a week’s worth of meals and snacks and sticking to your list. Instead of spur of the moment meals, get some fresh air! Set time aside to read a book on the patio in the morning or go on a walk if it’s safe to do so.
Keep a normal schedule.
Let’s face it, when you’re stuck at home, the hours and days can seem to start blending together. Sometimes you can end up eating more than you need if you’re not keeping to your typical meal schedule. By planning out what time you eat, you can avoid getting too hungry or snacking between meals.
Drink more water.
How many times have you heard it? “You’re not hungry, you’re just bored!” Staying busy can help you avoid unnecessary snacking, but so can staying hydrated! Studies show that people eat more when they are dehydrated. It can be hard to get yourself to drink as much water as your body needs (the average woman needs about 12 cups of water per day!), but there are easy ways to drink more.
Rethink your grocery list.
If you’re planning a lot of meals in advance or working with a tight budget, there may not be a lot of fresh foods on your grocery list. If you’re looking for items with a longer shelf life, it is important to realize that there may be high sodium levels, artificial ingredients, and empty calories hidden in many of these foods. Instead of canned soups, frozen prepared foods, or pasta products, opt for limited ingredient items that can be added to a recipe such as frozen veggies, whole grain pasta or canned beans. Read more about ideas for your list here.
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