Many people are staying at home and trying to stay healthy. Some are guzzling on vitamin C or fruit juices, while also doing their best to remain active and strong during a lockdown. But social distancing measures might limit the places where we could buy the food we think we need, while the small spaces of our homes, whether you live in a house, an apartment, or renting a fully-furnished condo unit, might not give you the space for your physical activities.
So how could we stay healthy during a pandemic when everything else is limited and might be beyond our reach? As always, it always starts with your nutrition and diet.
You should include more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Eat more grains, and add more protein such as chicken, eggs, and fish. You could also add beans, milk, and nuts. Make sure that all of these are fresh and natural and does not include preservatives or sugar.
For milk and cheese, it’s best to choose dairy milk.So ya might seem a healthier choice, but many soy milk products have a lot of sugar, which is not healthy at all.
It’s also best to avoid canned fruits and beans. Canned food uses preservatives, so you might be consuming additives that might endanger your health later.
It’s best not to drink bottled juices and smoothies. Why not use fresh fruits and veggies to make your own drink? Doing so would help you control the sugar level of your drinks.
Visit the butchers and the green grocer’s.
Shop for a mix of fresh, shelf-stable, non-perishable, or frozen food items. Pasta, grains, dried foods, nuts, butter and cheese, have a stable shelf life. You could also buy frozen or cured meats, but make sure to consume them within two weeks of purchase.
If you buy vegetables and fruits, make sure to consume them within a few days of buying them. Onions, tomatoes, and garlic are shelf-stable for some time but do make sure to use them within a week.
Make a list and check your pantry.
You should also check what you have at home. Make an inventory of what you have, so you could make a list of what you need to buy or remove from your diet. Make sure to remove junk food such as chips and candies as they provide no nutritional value at all. You need to consume food that would strengthen your immunity, and excessive sugar might compromise your overall health.
Even if you live in a small apartment, you could stay active and healthy when you maintain the cleanliness of your home. You could also practice yoga or run up and down the stairs of your apartment building. Carry your shopping and use the stairs when bringing it up. These could do a lot to strengthen your muscles and lungs.
The COVID virus is highly infectious and affects people in many ways. The only way you could stay healthy is to ensure that you are eating healthy, and following strict measures to lessen the risk of infection.