Right now, everyone is playing a vital part in trying to curb the spread of coronavirus – so well done to all of us in self isolation! With lockdowns set to continue for some time, making sure we stay well has never been more important. Many people have been in touch, nervous about gaining weight while behind our closed doors and with little to think about other than food and meal times. So here are 4 Dietwise tips to help keep you on the right track:
- Establish a Routine – this has been said by many health experts, for many reasons. From a nutrition point of view, it is especially important. Try to set regular meal times across the day – breakfast, lunch and evening meal is a great start. Stick to this structure to help regulate your appetite and avoid unhelpful eating times and snacking behaviours setting in.
- Plan your weekly meals. Keeping shopping trips to a minimum is tricky but if we can achieve it we will not only help reduce the spread of the virus and our exposure to it, it also means we will need to carefully plan weekly meals to be sure you have everything you require for them. Make use of any freezer space you have to keep things like bread and milk safe to eat. The silver lining to your planning and restricted shopping trips is that limited availability to poorer choices might just help you keep to what you intend to on your food plan.
- Keep Busy – All too often, people tell me it is when they are out of routine or lose a sense of purpose to the day when boredom is most likely to take hold, quickly followed by nibbling, snacking and grazing on foods that pile on the pounds. To avoid this trap, try to set out a plan of activities each day – waking, housework, gardening, family calls/social time, meal times, hobby time, your exercise time and routine bed time. This not only will help give you a focus and sense of purpose for the day, it will hopefully keep the boredom and therefore nibbles at bay too.
- Exercise and keeping active. Not only is activity important for our physical health and wellbeing, it is very important for our mental health too. Make sure you try to get out into the fresh air daily for a short spell. Follow the social distancing rules and either enjoy a walk or jog at a comfortable pace for you. Inside, there are tones of online, social media and TV exercise programmes that you can tap into just now too. Pick one that you enjoy most and work within your capability – the trick to progress here is persistence and frequency not intensity! Keep it varied so you avoid boredom and ensure you are working different parts of the body.
While these times are certainly challenging most of us, they are not impossible. Knowing that we are all in it together and taking control of what we can might just help give us the positiveness that will carry us through.
Stay safe and well from Dietwise