by Marshaneil Soumi D’ Rozario | 25th April, 2020
In current times of turmoil, many of us are finding it difficult to stay healthy. By staying indoors and practicing self-solation, we are trying to break the chain of infection much sooner and restore normalcy. In the meantime we should also pay heed to our health. If you mostly depend on convenience foods or prone to stress eating or apprehensive about gaining weight during Lockdown. It is the right time to plan ahead to eat healthy. Minimal physical activity and binge-eating can increase your weight. In order to prevent overeating, try to be vigilant. Remember, food is the raw material which builds our body. Healthy eating habits are important for all our normal growth and development. To build one’s immunity to fight diseases, one needs to eat a healthy diet.
The American Heart Association recently stated that frozen, canned and dried fruits and vegetables, frozen meat (if you eat it) and dried grains are shelf-stable options that can also be used to cook up healthy meals. Ms. Zamurrud Patel, Chief Dietician, Global Hospital, Mumbai talks about healthy habits during isolation.
Read on for tips from nutrition expert on how to maintain a healthy diet while in lockdown. Plan and prepare meals for the whole day to avoid unhealthy eating habits. Follow the following tips to stay healthy.
Tips to maintain good health:
Monitor your food intake
As we have a lot of spare time at our disposal and have no deadlines or commitments, few of us might even be stressed about doing nothing and just being home, with all this we tend to emotionally eat and crave for foods which are low on nutrition like wafers, biscuits, ice-creams. We need to be watchful about what we eat as it’s going to be very easy to gain weight with a sedentary lifestyle. Chose healthy options like Chana chat, corn chat, roasted chivda, dates, fruits when you what to satisfy your cravings for spicy or sweet food
Choose proteins over Carbohydrate rich food sources
Options like pulses, sprouts and dals are good sources of Proteins with less percentage of Carbohydrates as against rice flakes, potato, wheat, rice which have more of carbs and less of proteins. Proteins keep you full for a long time and help in preserving your muscle mass.
Make workout a part of your routine
Workout doesn’t necessarily mean an actual exercise regime; it can even be just to stay active by doing house chores. With no maids around- washing, moping, dusting, cleaning can be best form of exercise and stretches to your body. Other than this if you feel motivated to do some exercises, make it a family routine so that all can enjoy it together and thus make it a habit easily
Do what you enjoy
A stress-free body is a disease-free environment for systems to function at its best.
The more you enjoy, the more you release hormones which calm your body and help you live longer. So, from watching your favorite movie to playing with your kids, from re-living your memory albums to talking to your best buddies; do what makes you happy and content
Book Appointment: Ms. Zamurrud Patel, Chief Dietician, Global Hospital, Mumbai
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