Self-Care & Wellbeing
How to eat well during lockdown and the pandemic
It is always important to eat a healthy and balanced diet, but this is especially important during the Covid-19 pandemic. A healthy and balanced diet will help to support your immune system as well as nourishing your body in order to support your mental and physical health.
It may seem easier to eat well when we are at home. We will not be tempted by highly processed foods to eat on the go and should, in theory, have more time to plan our meals in advance. However, the new lack of structure, pressure of home-schooling and feeding children as well as feeling overwhelmed, isolated and stressed means that well-intentioned eating habits can quickly go out the window.
Here are some tips from House of Health and Wellbeing to ensure that you eat well during lockdown.
Enjoy sit down meals
With everyone at home at the same time, mealtimes can be a great way to schedule in some family time during the day. This can help to introduce some structure into everyone’s daily routines, as well as providing the opportunity to spend time together as a family.
Preparing a meal to sit and eat at the table rather than in front of the TV will also mean you will be likely to eat less and make healthier food choices. Eating at a table is important for everyone, regardless of whether you are sitting down with other people or not.
Staying at home to eat may mean that you cook more, but this is a great time to experiment with new recipes and ingredients. If you are struggling to find inspiration, then check out House of Health and Wellbeing’s Food Planner.
Vitamin D supplements are a great way to boost your immune system and are recommended for everyone to take during the colder autumn and winter months. You can get vitamin D from some foods, but the main source is from direct sunlight which we may not be getting as much of when we are inside all the time. Taking a daily vitamin D supplement can help to ensure that you are getting your correct daily dosage.
Drink plenty of water
Drinking water regularly is very important. Try and aim for at least six to eight glasses of water or non-caffeinated drinks every day. Dehydration can effect your mood and wellbeing. Try and stick to water where possible, and avoid drinking too much tea or coffee or even worse, sugary and fizzy drinks.