Eating healthy is always a challenge, but it’s even more difficult when you’re stuck at home surrounded by snacks. Social isolation isn’t making it any easier to stick to our diets, what with all of our quarantine snacks calling to us from the cupboard. But since we’re all sitting at home with no outlet to go to the gym, eating healthy during this period of social isolation is more important than ever.
After all, eating healthy is important for both our physical and mental health. If you’re feeling isolated and stressed because of social distancing, maintaining a healthy diet is key to promote feelings of happiness. You need to fuel your body with the right vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients to stand a fighting chance against the ups and downs of social distancing.
If you’re one of the many people who are struggling to eat well during this stressful time, here are some of the best ways to maintain a healthy diet.
Snack on veggies and fruits
When you’re stuck inside, it can be easy to succumb to snacking. This is because you have your entire kitchen at your disposal; who wouldn’t want to pass the time with a delicious meal? Unfortunately, snacking on unhealthy foods can be a recipe for disaster. If you’re craving a snack, fruits and veggies can be your saving grace.
This is especially important since many of us actually snack to pass the time, not because we are hungry. If a vegetable doesn’t sound as appealing as that cookie in your cupboard, you’re probably not that hungry in the first place. Eat a few carrots with a fun dip or peel an orange to get that oh-so-important Vitamin C. Supplementing your big meals with healthy snacks can help you eat less at these major meals and contribute to a healthier weight.
Order food from local restaurants
If you’re too tired or stressed out to cook, the packaged foods full of preservatives always have our backs. Unfortunately, these harmful foods can do more bad than good. When you want a great meal without slaving over the stove, there are still plenty of small businesses offering pick-up and to-go options.
The government has mandated that many states shut down nonessential businesses, including the one million restaurants operating throughout the country. Luckily, most of these restaurants are still able to offer delivery services to members of their communities. If you want a healthy meal, ordering something freshly made from a local restaurant will also help to keep the local economy afloat. Ditch the snacks and do some good by ordering out (as long as you can afford it).
Try to make new, healthy recipes
Thanks to social distancing, many of us have ample free time on our hands. This means that it’s the perfect opportunity to start learning something new! If you’ve wanted to try your hand at healthy cooking, there’s no better opportunity to experiment with healthy meals than right now.
Try creating a homemade soup full of your favorite vegetables and meats. This is a particularly beneficial option since most soups and chowders can be frozen to eat later. Meal prepping can help deter hungry people from making poor food decisions, especially when they’re on lockdown.
You can also try experimenting with old favorites. Adding healthy lentils to your regular chili will add flavor and texture to an otherwise classic dish. Finding ways to eat more fiber is essential since most of us aren’t moving around as much as we used to. Look for new twists on your favorite dishes by visiting recipe sites and watching a few cooking shows online. After all, most of us are stuck watching Netflix anyway.
Eating healthy isn’t easy, especially when you’re stuck at home. But eating well is essential for your mental health and physical health, including your immune system. Rely on these tips to help change your diet for the better during this period of social distancing.