The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing people to stay at home as this global pandemic proves to be unpredictable and extremely infectious. With that being said, as people are stuck at home, they are able to self reflect and spend some time thinking about things other than the hustle and bustle of everyday life responsibilities. One of the main things that people are able to reflect on is their eating habits; and some people may not be pleased with their realizations.
People’s eating habits are a major part of a person’s life, however, they are often overlooked with everyday life demands. This is true for people of all ages, in fact, a specialist that deals with in-home care for seniors pointed out that she sees this to be an issue with the older generation. She added that her patients don’t know that their eating habits are wrong, so they will never get better; this seems to be true for people of all ages as well.
If you are in quarantine and noticed that you do not practice good eating habits, whether you eat too much, too little, or simply the wrong things, this post will teach you the basics on how to create a new you during the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Diet Equals a New Mindset
Your diet plays a part in all aspects of your life. From hormone regulation, to weight, to energy levels, and even to mood, one’s diet is the main dictator of all of these things. With this time at home, you may have noticed that your diet isn’t as good as it can be. Perhaps you snack too much late at night, or skip meals. Here is how a new diet will equal a new mindset.
Pay Attention to the “Why” and the “When” You Are Eating
Are you eating because you are bored or because you are genuinely hungry? Are you eating to feel energized or to comfort yourself? These are important questions to ask yourself while you are in quarantine and can pay attention to your eating habits more. It’s crucial that you know why you are eating so that you can fix any issues in your diet.
A person should be eating to get nutrients in order to live a healthy life and to have energy throughout the day. Unfortunately, many people eat for the wrong reasons which can have negative consequences such as weight gain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and lack of muscle tone. While in quarantine, people can easily make it a point to think about why they are eating and make the changes and efforts to eat for the right reasons.
Likewise, people may be eating at the wrong times. For example, people may decide to eat when they are feeling stressed or anxious. Or, people may snack at night as they watch TV. These “whens” are bad habits that can be impacting a person’s health and wellness. In order to create a new you during the COVID-19 pandemic, you need to be aware of these habits.
What Are You Consuming?
As you are in quarantine, pay attention to what you are putting into your body. Many people just eat whatever is convenient and easy; though this isn’t a problem once in a while, perhaps you have an extremely busy week, doing this over time can cause many health issues such as obesity or high blood pressure. Easy and convenient food, whether that is fast food or frozen entrees, contains many additives as well as ample amounts of sugar and sodium. If this sounds like something you do, while you are in quarantine, give your diet a makeover.
A person should make it a point to eat foods that are:
High in protein
Low in added sugars
Low in carbohydrates
High in fiber
Feature moderate saturated and unsaturated fats
Low to no trans fat
While you are in quarantine, now is the perfect time to alter what you are consuming to become a better you. With the time that you now have on your hands, look up new recipes and make the time to learn how to cook foods that will better you as a human overall.
Learn to Eat Right
Some people may simply not know how to eat right, therefore, they will just continue to eat things that are not beneficial to them. If you are looking to learn how to eat better, do research while you are stuck at home. Take the time to read nutrition blogs, articles, and books. Or, contact a nutritionist who can help you learn how to eat right in order to improve your overall health and wellness.
Make the Changes Now
Your diet will have a direct impact on your mindset, in addition to many other aspects of your body; that’s why it’s crucial that you make the necessary changes now. Quarantine may have helped you see the poor diet habits you have, now the rest is up to you. Make the changes to your diet now; not only will you feel better, but you will prolong your life and the quality of it.