However, how are we supposed to eat healthy while dealing with the challenges of shopping and cooking during the COVID-19 pandemic? And, what does eating healthy even mean when there are so many conflicting studies about diet?
Healthier Eating During Quarantine
Getting the type of food you want when you want it is definitely a much more difficult task than it was pre-Pandemic. Social distancing and grocery supply issues are presenting challenges. Many are needing to rely on food with a longer shelf-life. Add to that, many are finding comfort in a bag of Cheetos. But, the harsh reality is that the pandemic does not change the fact that what we eat impacts our health.
So, how can we eat healthier during the pandemic?
Start With Adding A Healthy Habit
Adding a healthy habit is often easier than subtracting a less healthy one. For example, adding a serving of vegetables each day is a great first step to eating healthier. The point is not deprivation. The point is to tip the balance towards being healthier. Taking small steps in the right direction adds up over time.
Make More Homemade Food
If you are cooking more food at home during stay-at-home orders, you are already doing something great for your health. You are avoiding all the additives and preservatives that make processed food so unhealthy. Home cooking is a perfect way to replace processed foods with healthier alternatives.
Just Do Your Best
We are all just doing the best that we can right now. So, hang in there and be kind to yourself. Whatever efforts you are making to eat healthy are worthwhile.
What to Eat
There seem to be several universal truths that are supported by science. These are:
Eat whole foods
Eat more vegetables
Reduce or avoid processed meat
Reduce or avoid added sugar
Reduce or avoid processed foods
I think we diverge in what works beyond that, and the answers may vary from person to person. This is true even in my own household of 3 people.
If you are trying to sort out what is best for you, you might want to seek the help of a healthcare professional like a Naturopath, Functional Medicine Doctor or Nutritionist for guidance. In addition, these providers can help to determine whether you have any food intolerances, allergies or nutritional deficiencies and how best to address them.
If you are looking for a more do-it-yourself approach, you can work on adding foods that are known to bolster your health. In addition, you can start reducing sugar and processed food. Doing all this can take time, effort and motivation. But, it can be accomplished if you set one attainable goal at a time.
I hope that you and your family are staying safe and staying well.
*Photo credit to mthorpedophoto (Cold whipped vanilla coconut cream over berries. No sugar added.)