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We are living through some strange and scary times today, having to self-quarantine and stay in the house for weeks due to Covid-19 Pandemic or simply known as Coronavirus. In this post, we will know how to maintain a healthy diet during the quarantine situation. It is certainly an adjustment from the day-to-day life we are used to and our habits that we are used to, needing some shifting in order to keep us as healthy as possible through this time.
Here is your guide on how to maintain a healthy diet and stay in shape during this time of self-quarantine.
Foods to Stock Up On and to Consume During Self-Quarantine
1. Dried and Canned Beans
Dried and canned beans are a tasty and cost-effective source of protein that stays well. There are many different types that you can make a lot of different meals with so you don’t get bored.
Vegetables are crucial to help boost your immune system and get your vitamins, minerals, and fiber in. Non-starchy vegetables, in particular, are very filling and low in carbs. Some of the best non-starchy vegetables to include are squash, turnips, beans, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower. You can find fresh, frozen and canned vegetables depending on your storage setup and your meal plan.
3. Pasta and rice
Pasta and rice can be added to meals for a warming and tasty addition. They are cost-effective and won’t go bad (at least for a long time), making it a great staple to have in your pantry during self-quarantine. Just be sure to mind your portion size of these!
4. Frozen/canned fish
Frozen and canned fish stay well and are a great source of healthy fats and protein.
5. Long-life Fruits
Long-life fruits such as apples and citrus fruits are refreshing, full-on vitamins and minerals, and give you a great healthy snack option. To make your lemons last longer, place them in a sealed bag inside your refrigerator for up to a month.
6. Dried Fruit and Nuts
Dried fruit and nuts will stay for a long time and make for a healthy snack to reach for!
How to Maintain a Healthy Diet and Stay in Shape During Self-Quarantine
1. Reduce portions
While you aren’t getting as much movement in, your required foot intake can use some adjusting. Reduce your portions so that they are equivalent to your amount of movement and nourishment necessary for your body during this time.
2. Avoid snacking out of Boredom and Snack Smart
While at home, and especially while bored at home, the chances of snacking go way up. Do your best to avoid snacking out of boredom and being mindful of what you are snacking on. If you find yourself getting hungry shortly after eating a meal, first try having a glass of water or herbal tea, as you might just be thirsty. If you still need something, opt for smart and nourishing snacks, such as chopped up a handful of dried fruit and nuts, protein/green shakes, or a small serving of leftovers.
3. Avoid Sodium and use Spices instead
Add sauces more often that not are loaded with sodium, which encourages your body to hold onto excess fluid and places extra stress on your heart. You still can get the incredible flavor in your meals by using spices. If your collection of dried spices needs a couple additions, be sure to add some to your cart on your grocery run.
4. Make Exercise a Priority
While at home, make sure exercise stays a priority! It just takes a little extra planning and commitment. Move some furniture around, roll out your yoga mat, and make use of what you have at your house to exercise. You can use fitness apps to guide you and be held accountable, focus on bodyweight exercises that do not require equipment and take advantage of the many free classes being offered virtually during this time.
With a little extra mindfulness and preparation, we can get through this self-quarantine with our health intact! This is an opportunity to really show up for ourselves in terms of taking care of our health, and in turn, showing up for our community as we prevent the spread of this coronavirus. We can do this!
So this was it for today. I hope you have enjoyed reading this.
Have a Good Day! 😇