5 tips for eating healthier during the coronavirus lockdown
As people stock up and panic buy all sorts of groceries, from tinned food to toilet paper, you also might be wondering how you will handle healthy eating during the next 21 days.
Please note that we are not saying now is the ideal time to focus on weight-loss or completely changing your eating habits for the better – for most of us, these times are uncertain and scary. But focusing on food as a pillar of energy and health and not as a crutch for emotions, is a good idea.
Here are some tips to navigate eating at home:
1. Immunity and health first, weight later
While the country is in the grips of fear and uncertainty, the last thing you want to add to that is shame about your body and weight. You need to make a shift in your attitude during this time. You want to eat to honour your body and to keep all systems functioning as well as possible, not because you want to emerge from this lockdown looking fabulous.
These tips, straight from a dietitian, will help you eat to boost your immune system. Another nutritional goldmine for a healthy body is antioxidants – learn more why these are so important to you, and how you can obtain them.
Tell yourself during this time, “I need to eat healthy, balanced meals as much as possible, not because I’m scared of weight-gain, but want to stay healthy in a time when our health can be compromised.”