Eating Better for a Healthy Life
In a blog posted earlier this month we talked about how it was Men’s Awareness month and National Health and Fitness Month. Eating right is such a huge part of our health. Being cooped up for the past year has allowed for some to decrease their eating out habits, controlling what they put in their mouths better. Others have went the other direction and ate everything in sight out of pure boredom and/or the stress of the COVID restrictions, job loss or being in close quarters with your family all day, everyday. For some, this has been a welcome blessing to slow down and enjoy their family time better. For others, this created stress due to never having a break from each other or stress from the loss of a job. Other reasons might be from an ailment that you have not been able to have treated due to extended delays.
Eating better at home can be challenging. When you have nothing else going on to keep you busy, it can keep your mind on a one way path, straight to the refrigerator or pantry. It can be quite easy to abandon your normal eating routine when you can access food anytime you want. There are ways to keep this in check and under control. For instance, set regular meal times and stick to them. Having the extra time in our day due to the stay at home orders and restrictions allows for meal planning and prep. Most people don’t normally have the time to do this. Setting a small amount of time at the beginning of your week to do this, making out your grocery list, and only buying what you need to follow your menu will help you stick to the plan.
Not everyone likes to cook. If you fall in this category, choose meals that can be made in larger quantities and split them in half. Eat one for lunch and the other one for dinner that evening or the following night. You can also freeze the other half and take it out on one of those days you really just don’t feel like cooking. Doubling the recipe will provide you with 2 meals and doesn’t normally require much more of your time than preparing the same meal twice.
When things are out of our control due to the pandemic take charge on the one thing you can still control healthy eating. Keep this as a priority for a better mind and healthy body. It has more long lasting benefits and will be worth the time and effort.