Good nutrition is essential for health, especially in times like now when the immune system needs to be stronger to fight back. As it is known by now, good hygiene and immunity have a major role to play in keeping the coronavirus at bay.
With strong lockdown measures in place, access to food has been restricted and this may compromise your chances to continue to eat a healthy and diverse diet. However, with grocery and fruits and vegetable stores open, one can eat healthy homemade food, without the fear of contamination or the spread of disease. Even with few and limited ingredients, one can continue eating a diet that supports good health. For better health and immunity, it is also important to stay physically and mentally active.
Here’s a quick plan on how to eat healthy and nutritionally rich food.
Buy and use fresh products
Buy fresh products and those with shorter shelf life. Now that summer has started, you must make it a habit to eat mangoes daily. Buy perishable fruits and vegetables so that you can eat them daily and prioritize these over non-perishables.
- Eat only home-cooked food
The lockdown has been in force for 27 days now and all of us want it to end quickly so that we get back to our normal lives and start eating outside. In fact, some restaurants are operational and are delivering food via apps. It’s better to eat home-cooked meals now than order from outside because restaurant food is not healthy. Also, with the lockdown in force for so long, one cannot be sure of when the product to make the food was procured or what kind of oil is being to prepare the food.
If you are alone or have a limited quantity of grains/groceries/fruits/vegetables at home, then check online for how you can make healthy home-cooked meals with limited items. Take advantage of the freely available information online and experiment with your food. It’s always fun to make delicious food with a twist.
- Avoid overeating
One of the disadvantages of remaining home for such a long time is most of us don’t know if we are under-eating or overeating. This is especially true when the TV is on and we have nothing else to do other than binge-watching TV or OTT apps. This can lead to serious health issues. It’s always better to limit portion sizes and break the meals into five smaller meals in order to stay lean and healthy.
- Reduce the intake of salt
While it’s a fact that no meal is complete without salt, it’s also true that salt can actually cause health issues. The amount of salt we eat has a direct impact on our blood pressure. Salt is known to make our body hold on to water and that can lead to high blood pressure. With limited physical activities and nothing much to do, there might be issues with blood pressure. Try black salt or Himalayan salt instead as they have better health properties than the regular salt we are used to eating.
- Reduce intake of sugar
Again with limited physical activities, there’s not much our body can do to process sugar. Most of us, at least in India, drink tea or coffee about three times a day and with the lockdown, we are also eating a lot of homemade desserts like halwas, jalebis, and other sweets and these can lead to obesity and other health issues. Avoid drinking sugary drinks and packaged juices as they are rich in sugar.
- Keep hydrated
Keep yourself well hydrated as it’s the most crucial aspect for optimal health. Drink plenty of water whenever and wherever possible. You must drink warm water and avoid cold water. Drinking water instead of sugared drinks is a good way to limit your intake of sugar and extra calories.