Being indoors for prolonged periods due to COVID-19 may lead to eating more often due to reasons like boredom or anxiety. While it’s tempting to use this time to snack on goodies, it’s imperative that you pay close attention to what you’re consuming as these habits may stick around even after the pandemic is over.
Being at home all day increases the odds of eating snacks that may not provide you essential nutrients and are packed with sugar. Planning out your meals and snacks can help you stay on track as you’ll know when to eat versus eating out of boredom. On that note, designate a spot for your meals. Eating only at the dinner table reduces the chances you’ll feel inclined to eat when you’re in bed.
You may be inclined to stick to canned products with other food items being scarce but do not ignore fresh food. While canned and frozen food can offer similar levels of nutrition as fresh, they do have their inconveniences. Canned goods may contain a lot of added sugar and sodium and the details on nutrition are often not read by people. The same happens for frozen foods. Ideally the fruit or vegetable, or a combination, would be the only ingredient. Consider adding fresh fruits and vegetables on your list when you next visit the supermarket.
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