What healthy lifestyle change you can do this Pandemic

We are living during difficult times because of the COVID pandemic. Those challenges can affect us both physically and emotionally. It’s hard to keep the same routine when you have to physically distance yourself from others, especially if you’re at higher risk of getting really sick from the virus. That makes preparing meals a special challenge.

Support your physical and mental wellbeing with healthy eating

  • Do your best to eat nourishing meals, like those rich in fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. Those foods can help keep your body and mind healthy during stressful times.
  • Cut down on foods that can ramp up anxiety, such as sugar, caffeine, and alcohol.
  • It’s important to enjoy small treats, but avoid going overboard. Try to limit excessive consumption of sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. Overindulging can lead to increased anxiety or sluggishness.
  • Feeling the urge to “stress snack”? Acknowledge your cravings, then take two or three deep breaths and ask yourself if you’re really hungry or just passing the time.

Safe food shopping basic tips:

  • Think ahead to limit your time in the store. Make a plan for meals and snacks for one or more weeks. Be flexible in case an item is temporarily out of stock – there might be a substitute.
  • Include healthy foods on your shopping list that have longer shelf-life. Those items can include carrots, turnips, potatoes, yams, beets, onions, squash, cabbage, apples, melons, oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes, as well as frozen fruits and vegetables.
  • Limit exposure by sending only one member of the household to shop. Do not bring along additional members, if possible.
  • Wear a cloth face covering when shopping. Also, many stores have cleaning stations to sanitize your shopping carts and hands. Use them if they are available. Don’t forget to wash your hands after leaving the store and after putting away the groceries.

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