Healthy Habits during Quarantine

Updated: Jun 2

We are living with unusual circumstances. It is easy to get off track with food choices. After all, who do we have to impress? But, we should be vigilant with what we consume.

We may have become less active compared to before. We are not commuting to and from work, walking through the office or school, nor are we involved in as many sports or hobbies.

That being said, we should strongly consider ways to live and eat in moderation. Good nutrition is vital for our overall health, mental well being and it boosts our immune system.

Here are food tips and tricks:

● Do not over-supply your home

● Make a list of what you need

● Choose fresh ingredients. Shop around the store perimeter

● Use up the fresh ingredients first

● Cook meals at home

● Portion your meals

● Hydrating improves: skin, digestion, muscle performance, nerve response, sleep

● Fluids before a meal will tell your brain that you are full quicker

● Limit foods with high salt, sugar and fat; highly processed or prepackaged foods

● Freeze meals for less waste

● Limit alcohol consumption

● Treat yourself to food delivery from places with strict hygiene requirements.

● Include foods with high fiber: whole grains, oats, seeds

Better food choices:

Citrus fruits: oranges, grapefruit, melons

Berries: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries. Lower glycemic index

Root vegetables: carrots, beets, turnips

High fiber vegetables: cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, celery

Ginger: a great anti-inflammatory and helps with digestion

Garlic and onions: adds flavor to your meals, high in vitamin C

Eggs/Nuts/Seeds: a great source of protein and packed with vitamins

Pastas: choose wholegrain or lentil

Dried beans/lentils/grains: add fiber and variety to your meals

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