The pandemic has completely changed our lifestyles. It brings a different viewpoint to our daily lives and compelling us to adjust our lifestyles quickly. On the other hand, we can use this pandemic time, where most of us are being isolated at home, to improve our eating habits. This will also help us limit dietary immoderations and bad eating manners that can harm our health. Most of us have now the opportunity to:
- Dedicate more time to cooking meals
- Increase our consumption of foods such as vegetables which despite being important in our diet
A healthy diet starts in early childhood. Consequently, during our home quarantine, special attention must be given to the diet of our children. This is because we spend long periods indoors which might lead to the development of erratic eating patterns. Simultaneously, we must encourage aging people to make small adjustments and choose healthy foods that can help improve their health.
HOW TO EAT BETTER AND STAY HEALTHY
- Include more plant foods in your diet: More vegetables and fruit at every meal of the day. Now you have more time to cook these foods and enjoy them on their own, as an accompaniment or as a snack. This will contribute to decreasing your intake of calories and improving your diet.
- Select wholegrain varieties of cereals: This helps keep your bowels healthy and fill you up. It means that you are less likely to eat too much.
- Drinking water is essential to stay healthy: We all know that water contains no calories as a result, it will not make you put on weight. You should drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water each day even if you are not thirsty. Aim to change sugary drinks with water or freshly-squeezed fruit juices.
- Energy-dense ingredients: You may be cooking more these days, as you find it relaxing and rewarding. Take this opportunity to use less fat and lessen your salt intake. Try replacing energy-dense ingredients if you want to experiment with new recipes. Moreover, try to involve the people around you to share these activities with them. If you have children at home, always take all the needed safety precautions.
- Different food groups: Day after day pay more attention to the different foods that you bring to your table. Combining and alternating different groups of food in unalike ways will help improve the quality of your diet. It will also make your eating experience more pleasant. It becomes an opportunity to introduce young people to new foods.
- Light snacks: Children must have a couple of light snacks in between the main meals of the day. These snacks may include cookies, fruit, yogurt, a piece slice of cake, or a slice of bread and jam. Adults may not need snacks mainly if their meals are already satisfying. Otherwise, they may have a fruit or yogurt just to not spoil their appetite for the following meal.
- Good hygiene: Monitor good hygiene values when cooking, handling, and storing food.