12 tips for eating healthy, 5 foods to shop for
Quarantine can be an unexpected stressor for many, especially as it disrupts your routine. We’ve all had to find ways to rearrange our daily lives — and part of that has had to do with our eating habits.
As many around the world struggle with a drop in expendable income and fewer food options, it’s important to remember that it’s a blessing to have food on the table.
Nonetheless, with less structure, you might find yourself asking, when should I eat? What should I eat? How can I avoid overeating due to stress or excess downtime? With Ramadan upon us, finding a proper balance has become increasingly important.
We speak to Sakina Mustansir, a clinical dietitian at Prime Hospital, who gives us her top 12 tips to maintain healthy habits while staying at home. Plus, a food technologist tells out what to keep an eye out for while grocery shopping. Finally, how you can donate meals to vulnerable individuals and families in need this Ramadan.
A CLINICAL DIETICIAN’S TOP 12 TIPS TO STAY HEALTHY AT HOME
1. You’re moving less, so stay aware of your metabolism’s limitations. “Most of us are working from home, so the physical activity level has gone down. We definitely have to eat less than what we would usually eat,” says Mustansir. “You need to make sure that you’re eating only when you are hungry and not eating because you are bored.”
2. Before reaching out for a bag of chips, attempt this. “Avoid snacking. If you feel that you’re hungry in between your meals, try to first half a glass of water and wait for 15 minutes. After that, if you still really feel that you are hungry, then you can have a healthy snack. But, if after drinking water you tend to feel satisfied, then avoid eating.”