Eating Healthily During and After Lockdown

Eating Healthily During and After Lockdown

Lockdown has been challenging. We have had to review so many of our fundamental habits and think about what is important to us.
In terms of how we eat and drink we have had to think more about our meals, shopping and cooking. Eating is now almost exclusively at home and in our control but it means that we are preparing so many more meals. But this could be an ideal opportunity to take a look at what we had been used to doing and see if that is what we want to carry on doing. This is arguably an ideal time to:
Improve cooking skills and experiment more
Save money and limit waste through better planning, fewer and more focused trips to the shop
Review what you eat and make some simple but lasting healthy changes
Involve other family members in meal preparation – enthuse them about healthy eating and create some momentum around a health agenda.
Here are some ideas to get you on your way
TRY TO
Make your regular meals and snacks healthier by replacing some less health ingredients with healthy ones (e.g. reduce meat in spaghetti Bolognese or curries by increasing veg and/or replacing with some lentils)
Review your plate and portion sizes – reduce them a little and make half your plate vegetables rather than starchy carbs.
Have a salad before your main meal – it takes the edge off your appetite for carbs and helps your progress to 5+ fruit and veg a day
Use some ready to eat products to increase your fibre e.g. lentils in pouches/tins or ready cooked brown rice.
Batch cook so that you have home made options in the fridge/freezer rather than ready meals or take outs
Drink a soft drink before your first alcoholic drink – that will make you drink it slower.
Just as you start making healthy changes its a good time to stop some less healthily behaviours. Tomorrow we will discuss these in our next post

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