The coronavirus pandemic is impacting every aspect of our lives — kids are learning in virtual classrooms, restaurants are closed, many of you are working from home for the first time, and we are all doing our best to slow the spread of the disease by following public health measures. Last week, we talked about some of the things we can control during this uncertain time, and this week, we’d like to focus on steps you can take to eat healthy during the coronavirus outbreak.
Plan Ahead to Minimize Shopping
Minimize trips to the store as much as possible by thinking about your budget. Can you afford to stock up on food for the next five days? What about the next two weeks?
When you’re making your meal plans, think about the foods your family enjoys and how much time and energy you can devote to cooking. While some people may have more time to spend in the kitchen, others may find themselves with less time to cook than usual, especially if they are working from home and juggling childcare responsibilities.
If money is tight, keep costs down by skipping convenience foods and making your own when possible. Try meatless meals a few times a week and remember that frozen and canned veggies and fruits have the same nutrients as fresh produce.
Make Eating at Home Positive
Whether you’ve always eaten together as a family or you find yourself with more diners than usual around the dinner table, enjoying meals together can be a special part of your new routine.
Get the whole family involved in dinner prep. Depending on their ages, kids can pour glasses of water, grate cheese, make salad or help in other ways.
Try out some new recipes. The internet is full of new ideas! Challenge yourself to try one new recipe a week to keep your meals fresh.
Choose Immune-Boosting Foods
As you make your list, make nutrition a priority. One of the best ways to remain healthy is to follow a nutritious diet. Give your body what it needs by filling half of your plate with fruits and veggies at every meal.
We love carrots, apricots and kale for beta carotene, strawberries, broccoli and oranges for that all-important vitamin C and mushrooms, tofu and eggs for vitamin D. Beans and nuts are great sources of zinc, and bananas and asparagus are great sources of probiotics that support our immune systems.
Following these tips and eating healthy will help boost your immune system and lower your stress and anxiety. If you find yourself struggling during this challenging time, remember that chiropractic can help and we are here for you! We remain open to help our patients feel their best and take care of their health, and we are taking additional precautions to make your visit a safe and positive one. If you’d like to make an appointment, please give us a call at 360-573-5500.