Covid-19 has presented all of us with significant challenges. No one knows for sure how long we are going to have this ‘stay at home’ period. And there is also a chance that there are a lot of white collar jobs that may move to people’s homes. While this probably have health benefits such as less exposure to pollution, less commute, less stress, don’t have to deal with annoying co-workers, etc, staying at home can make some of us eat or snack more and exercise less. We tend to eat more when we are bored or don’t have much to engage us. It is those foraging trips to the kitchen every few minutes that cause all the weight gain.
What is the best solution to keep yourself eating healthy when you are spending lot of your time at home?
► Throw away all the highly processed and easy to eat snacks and make sure you don’t buy them no matter how enticing they look. If it is not there, you can’t eat it. I did that and now at every one of those foraging trips, my family and I go back saying “there is nothing interesting to eat in this house!”. But it keeps us all healthy. Getting off of mindless snacking is extremely difficult (esp. if you are addicted to it) and those Costco snacks are irresistible!.
► Schedule eating times and stick with it. In the office, we have a set lunch time, but when at home, there is no schedule. So, develop one and stick with it and for the foraging trips, keep healthy items such as nuts, fruits and veggies.
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