How to Stay Healthy During the PandemicMore than weight gain, eating too much or eating junk food isnt healthy especially during a pandemic. A healthy diet has a lot of benefits, and one of them is that its good for immune system support. When viruses are flying around, having a healthy immune system is one of the best forms of protection. (In addition to washing your hands and maintaining social distancing.) Here are 5 nutrition ideas you can implement during the pandemic.
Eat Real MealsWhen youre at home all day, its easy to snack, snack, snack. Resist this urge! Eating balanced, nourishing meals is a good way to help yourself feel full and reduce sugar cravings. Yes, it means spending some time in the kitchen, but its not like youre in a rush to go out anyway. So instead of cereal and milk for breakfast, try eggs with whole wheat bread and a salad. The same goes for lunch and dinner: real meals always beat snacks.
Cut Down on Sugar & SweetenersIf youre hungry between meals and feel the urge to snack, choose something without processed sugar. Fruits, veggies, nuts, and plain yogurt all make great snacks. Sugar can cause cavities, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and many other unpleasant complications, so its best to avoid it as much as you can. Similarly, sweeteners can actually lead to more sugar cravings, and even cause foods that are less intensely sweet, like fruit, to become less appealing. If youre craving something bubbly, try flavored seltzer instead of regular or diet soda.
Create a RoutineWhen you have a routine (that includes mealtimes), you are more likely to focus on that and be less distracted by food. Moreover, research has shown that a routine is a good way to reduce stress and anxiety, especially during times of uncertainty. Stress and anxiety can often lead to overeating or indulging in too many snacks, so staying calm through a routine can help on that level.
Drink WaterThe importance of drinking enough water cannot be understated. According to the CDC, drinking enough water (between 11.5 and 15.5 cups a day for adult women and men) can prevent dehydration, a condition that can lead to mood swings, overheating, constipation, and kidney stones. Drinking water can also help reduce your cravings for snacks by making you feel full.
Create a Meal PlanOne of the obstacles to healthy eating is a lack of preparedness. If you dont know whats for dinner, youre likely to reach for a snack or processed food from the freezer as opposed to making healthy choices. Creating a meal plan can help avoid these situations. It can take just a half-hour to prepare a weekly menu, and then you dont have to think about it for the rest of the week. If you have the budget, there are plenty of meal delivery services that deliver healthy, cooked meals to your doorstep. This can lighten your load of meal preparation.
Planning for the FutureIts hard to imagine that COVID-19 will eventually be under control, but its only a matter of time. Until then, its important to maintain healthy eating habits so that we can enjoy our post-COVID freedom, whenever that will be. Even once COVID is manageable, good nutrition will always be vital.With Sproutt Life Insurance you can also plan for your future. Stay health, eat well, and talk to one of our advisors to find the plan that fits your lifestyle and budget. Contact us now.