There is little doubt that this is a very challenging time for all of us. The ongoing pandemic affects every aspect of our lives. We are not sure how long the safety measures will stay in place, but they will not last forever. Know that this will end at one point.
Along with social distancing, taking care of both your physical and mental health is a must. Eating healthy food is very important. Furthermore, we should do whatever it takes to boost our immune system that can be compromised during the Covid 19 pandemic.
What should you do to make your nutrition and mental health a priority?
1. Minimize going to supermarket to avoid the risk of being exposed to the virus.
Prepare in advance by making a list of all the items you are going to need for the next couple of days. Use sanitizing wipes to clean cart or basket handles. And after you leave checkout lane, wash your hands. It is important to limit your time in the store as much as possible.
Don’t spend your money only on non-perishable foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables will keep your immune system in top condition.
2. Stock up on nutrition, but do not hoard.
Anxiety is likely to increase during this period. But, remember well-nourished body is better at handling stress. So make sure you choose healthy products and make healthy meals.
Beans and legumes are a good start. They are probably the best long lasting source of plant proteins. You can use them in your salads, soups, stews or even make a homemade hummus.
Seafood, either frozen, canned or vaccum-packed offer a boost of healthy omega 3 fatty acids.
Fresh fruit and vegetables is always the best choice. However, if they are out of stock as fresh, frozen ones can have just as many vitamins. Apples, citrus, strawberries, carrots, celery, broccoli are just some of the products you should consume during this period.
Milk, eggs, nuts and seeds, whole-wheat and bean pastas, high fiber cereals should be on your shopping list.
Avoid tempting foods such as ice creams, chips, cookies or sodas, they are just empty calories.
Very Important: When you get home, wash your hands and also wash all the products. They say it is possible for the virus to live on surfaces. So make sure you scrub hard skinned vegetables and fruits with a little soap. As for leafy veggies they may stay in soapy water for 15 minutes. All veggies and fruits must be rinsed thoroughly before consumption.
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3. If you can’t go outside, go inside
Making nutrition and mental health a priority is crucial during this difficult time. Yes we are all scared and worried about the impact Covid 19 is having on our lives. At one point we may have a hard time coping with our anxiety. Positive mindset is vital. To avoid depression we have some advice for you.
Practice stress management strategies. Talk to your loved ones or call a friend. With more time at home, we have finally more time to read. Play with your kids or just soak in the tub.
Stick to your daily routine. Create a schedule for you and your family members. Try to go to bed and wake up at the exact same time each day. Prepare your meals together and make it a more exciting activity than usual.
Create a daily exercise routine. Experts suggest working out a minimum of three times a week for at least 30 minutes. You don’t have to be in the gym. You can exercise from home or do yoga in the living room, for instance. Meditation can help us let go of the negative emotions. We have complete control over our thoughts, remember that.
“You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.” – Wayne Dyer