As ‘Home Isolation’ continues and we adjust to this new way of life in the coronavirus pandemic, it’s more important than ever to stay healthy both physically and mentally. Whilst a lot happening in the world feels out of our control right now, how we live and what we eat is the very thing we can control.
Our Healthy Mummy nutritionist Cheree Sheldon has a wealth of experience optimizing health through nutrition. She shares her top tips on how to stay on top of things.
1. Meal plan
Meal Planning will help you stay on track with your goals, and your budget! Once a week, do a quick inventory of what you have in your pantry, freezer and fridge and base your meals around what you have before you go shopping.
2. Avoid Sugar
Before going places where you maybe need a super strong immune system, limit the amount of sugar you consume. Sugar slows down immune functions immediately after we eat it and keeps it low for a few hours. Focus on nutrient dense whole foods instead.
3. Include Fermented Foods
Fermented foods like kombucha, kefir, kim chi and sauerkraut will improve your gut microbiome biodiversity. Immune function is strongly impacted by our gut health, so including a little bit each day will support our health in a positive way.
4. Stay on your journey
Revisit your end goal if you find yourself binge or comfort eating to help you focus on your plan. Imagine yourself where you want to be, and let yourself FEEL how amazing it is that you have achieved your goal. Then lay out some simple steps that you can do this week to keep on the journey to get there.
5. Shop in Season
Take this opportunity to try new ingredients that are in season and more affordable. You can often pick up fresh produce cheaper when it is at the height of its growing season. Learn how to utilize it when you can get it at a sweet deal to make pickles, ferments, and bulk meals.
6. Involve the kids
7.Give your foods a super boost!
Pump up the power of your foods by using superfood boosters in your smoothies or snacks to make them really nutrient-dense. Making sure you are meeting your nutritional needs like this will support your mental health, metabolism and immune functions.
8. Healthy Swaps
Adjust your ingredients so you can still eat treats in a healthy way. Swapping out white sugar for coconut sugar, or white flour for quinoa flour can help you tweak recipes so they are not so processed. Eating highly processed foods has been shown to increase risk factors for obesity, heart disease and diabetes, so skip them and make from wholefood ingredients instead.
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