How to Maintain Balanced Diet During the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Developing healthy eating habits when you're stuck at home can really be a challenge.

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Taking care of your health is a very important part of life, especially during times when our immune system is what will help us not get sick. The Covid-19 pandemic has left most of spending time in isolation, away from our workspace in everyday life.

Since you are spending most of your time inside, it’s very easy to fall into bad habits – eating snacks instead of healthy meals, laying around and watching TV all day, etc.

Now more than ever it’s important to keep our health levels as high as possible and you can do that with a proper healthy diet. Read on to see how to maintain a balanced diet during the pandemic.

Steam salmon, broccoli, paleo, keto or fodmap diet. White plate on blue table, top view

Create a Schedule

A lot of people don’t have a fixed daily schedule, so they easily fall out of their routine and healthy habits. One of the best ways to maintain a healthy diet is to create schedules that you can easily follow.

If you are living with your family, take a couple of hours to create a meal prep schedule for the week. Everyone should have a say what they would like to eat during the week. Create a set schedule for mealtimes and follow it as closely as possible.

Limit Snacking

Unhealthy snacks are the enemy of a balanced diet. They can provide fit a quick fix of energy, but they are very bad in the long run.

Most of the snacking is also done because of boredom. Pay attention to your snacking habits and see if you can connect them to boredom. If that is the case, try to be conscious about it and actively avoid snacking. Occupy your mind and time with an activity that will keep you engaged and entertained.

Snack on some fruit and don’t forget water. Snacking can also occur due to high levels of stress.

Eat Healthy Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are the pinnacles of healthy eating and living. For a balanced diet and your immune system, it’s best to base the majority of your meal to be vegetables, and generally plant-based.

Girl cooking breakfast - granola with yogurt, fruits, berries, milk, yogurt, juice, cheese. Top view

Lean proteins and whole grains are also important. A full healthy meal will give you the most energy that can last you for longer periods. It can also help you reduce the need for snacking and drinking unhealthy sodas and alcohol.

A healthy diet will also help your mental state.

Limit Grocery Shopping

During this pandemic and lockdown, it’s important to stay at home and take care of your health. That also refers to limiting your visits to the grocery store to avoid large crowds. Limit your grocery shopping to once or twice a week. A good solution would be to turn to online grocery shopping. Many markets and shops offer grocery delivery, safely to your address.

A local meat delivery service can help you get fresh meat even if you can’t go to the shops. Don’t forget to wear a mask and social distance if you decide to go to a shop.

Reduce Treats

Treats and snacks can make us feel happy and a bit better in a sad situation, but they have a bad side.

Snacks and sugary treats give a sugar high where we feel high with energy. After a short period our energy levels drop down and we are left sluggish and anxious. It’s a never-ending cycle.

Sugar, caffeine, and alcohol are difficult to get rid of, but it’s worth it in the end. They lower our immune system and healthy dieting. Replace them with fruit and healthy snacks and water.

Besides a good diet, a regular sleeping schedule plays a very important part of balancing your diet and health needs. Sleep for a full eight hours if possible to replenish your energy and mental state. It can be difficult going through this, especially if you are living alone. Give it your best shot, and this will also pass soon.

Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.

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