PUBLISHED ON August 8, 2020
One bad habit we can develop when we are stuck at home with nothing to do is eating out of boredom. This bad habit can evolve where we are eating more junk foods than healthy foods. It is important to maintain a healthy diet even while at home.
Sticking to a healthy diet is essential for supporting the immune system, getting proper nutrition, and reducing risks of certain other medical issues, like obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Tip #1: Be mindful of what foods you are buying.
Whether you are having your groceries delivered or still purchasing them yourself, make sure you are including fresh fruits and vegetables on your shopping list. Fruits and vegetables are great for in-between meal snacks, not just mealtimes.
Tip #2: Create a meal plan for the entire week.
Sit down and plan your meals out for an entire week. Think about what you want for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Use your meal plan to create your grocery shopping list so you only buy the foods you intend to use that week.
Tip #3: Exercise at least three times a week for 30 minutes.
Exercise goes together with healthy eating habits. Make a point to set aside 30 minutes, at least three days a week for some intense cardio, weightlifting, stretching, or other such exercises. If you are prone to back, neck, or shoulder problems, are recovering from an injury, or are overweight, check with your chiropractor in Brampton to verify which exercises are right for you.
Tip #4: Use healthy oils when preparing foods.
Olive oil and coconut oil are two healthy oils you can use when you sauté or brown foods. They can also be used in marinades and dressings. You can even shallow fry foods in these oils.
Tip #5: Avoid sugary sodas, chips, candy, and other junk foods.
These types of foods have no real nutritional value. Many people refer to these foods as “comfort foods.” However, they should not be the main part of your diet. It is okay to have a single serving one or two times a week, but not every day.
Tip #6: Limit your alcohol intake.
Drinking an excessive amount each day is not good for the body and impairs the immune system from functioning correctly. Having a glass of wine or a bottle of beer at mealtimes a few times a week is acceptable.
Tip #7: Cut back on the amount of salt you use.
Kosher salt is great for giving a boost in flavor but should be limited to only being used when cooking. Consider using other herbs and spices, like black pepper, garlic, and so on to enhance the flavor of your favourite foods.
We hope these tips help you maintain a healthier diet while staying at home more. To learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care, physiotherapy care and other treatments to help with soreness, muscle aches, injuries, and strengthening the body in Brampton, Springdale, and Castlemore, please feel free to contact Active Life Wellness Center at (905) 458-6677 today!