Staying Healthy During Quarantine
The news of the ever growing COVID-19 pandemic has sent hundreds of thousands of people into a frenzy of panic buying. When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made a statement that people should should begin stocking up on non-perishable items, most people may have automatically assumed that it meant canned goods bathed in preservatives.
Well, well, well, I'm here to let you know that there are ways to stay healthy and fit during these trying times!
PORTION, PORTION, PORTION
One of the benefits to staying home all day is you're not expending so much energy walking around at work or stressing... but also, one of the cons to staying at home all the time is "boredom eating". This is when you're just eating something just because there is nothing else left to do. This includes stuffing your face while watching YouTube, or eating your fourth bowl of cereal within an hour. If you're like me and Bryce, it's fine to gorge on the food in the pantry/fridge/freezer sometimes since there's only two of us in the apartment. But if you've got a big family and want to limit your Costco or Sam's Club run to once every other week, your best bet is to portion your food. Try meal prep ideas on Pinterest or remind yourself to limit your intake of salad or Twinkies a day. One way Bryce and I portion our morning meals is to prepare a simple cup of overnight oats the night before!
EXERCISE, EXERICSE, EXERCISE
Whether you're doing yoga at home, walking a few blocks outside for some fresh air, or out for a breezy run at the beach, there are many ways to stay fit during this quarantine. My routine is usually, walking/jogging outside for 20 minutes to warm up, coming back inside for some high intensity interval training or resistance band training, and stretching for 15-20 minutes. You don't even have to spend a whole hour block of working out, you can break it up to three 10 minute sessions, or however it is applicable for you! Take a look at this post where I cover 3 ways to stay fit during quarantine.
BUY QUALITY CANNED GOODS
Who says that canned good are always bad for you? Yes, there are some that have an excess amount of sodium, some cans are NOT BPA free, and often times the canned stuff just tastes gross. But I can definitely tell you that there are some great tasting and healthier canned good choices out there! Here are some of the yum-yums Bryce and I have in our pantry:
365 Everyday Value's Refried Black Beans: It's always good to add some more fiber and protein to your diet... This can of refried beans has 6 grams of each! Not a bad way to step up your taco recipe!
Thai Kitchen's Coconut Milk: Dairy-free but insanely creamy, canned coconut milk last longer than most other dairy alternative. Try and add it to your coffees, especially bulletproof coffe, for you Keto lovers out there!
Freshé Gourmet Aztec Ensalada Canned Tuna: Spice up your green salad with a pre-prepped mix of skipjack tuna, red beans, corn, sweet red peppers, and simmered onion.
Amy's Light in Sodium Spicy Chili: If you're looking for a canned soup that doesn't OD on salt, Amy's light-in-sodium line has got you covered. This option has an extra kick for spicy food fans with half the amount of salt found in other brands.
Health Valley No Salt Added Chicken Rice Soup: With less than 100mg of sodium per serving, this homey chicken soup contains just a fraction of the salt found in traditional options. That's a guilt-free choice when you're short on time to make dinner.
Amy's Light in Sodium Minestrone: Tons of organic veggies, beans, and potatoes make canned soup a total thumbs-up. Equally important, it keeps the salt in check at 290mg.. only 12% of your daily value!
Del Monte Low Sodium Corn: Don't worry about the side dish. Classic corn has got you covered. Try mixing it into your salad, salsa or a salivating guac to go with your entree. Sometimes, Bryce and I like to eat it as is!
Del Monte Sliced Beets: You can't beat beets. The pigments (called betalains) in these colorful veggies can lower your risk of heart disease and reduce inflammation. You can throw these in a salad, put some butter on them, or eat it just as I do: plain!
BUY FRESH FOODS
Yes, canned goods can last a while in the pantry and you won't have to shop for a bit, but that doesn't mean you need to forsake fresh fruits and veggies! Add a big bin of mixed leafy greens on your next grocery run! They're great for salads and smoothies. Oh and don't forget bell peppers, carrots, kale, and edamame since they're great superfoods to help boost your immunity! While you're at it, grab some fruits for you overnight oats recipe!
On top of being physically well, we must always remember to consider our mental wellbeing. Everyone needs to make time for this. Self-care means doing things that make you feel happy, whole, and rejuvenated. If you are feeling overwhelmed by sitting around all day on your phone or on the computer, take some time for yourself as soon as possible... even for just a few minutes. A little bit goes a long way. Block out 10 minutes a day to stretch or close your eyes and take a few breaths. Maybe you’re like me: I love using a planner to organize my days, especially now that I do everything from home. Instead of writing down your lack of outings and appointments, plan out things you can do to take care of yourself suck as:
Block out a day on the week, like “Self-Care Saturday”
GO for a walk,
Virtual brunch/lunch/happy hour with friends
YouTube workout with group or by yourself
Write in your journal
Read your favorite book
Work on your garden
As I said earlier... a little goes a long way. If you're still feeling a bit anxious during quarantine, take a look at the blog I wrote a while back about how anxious times call for productive measures.
How about YOU?
These are just some ways I stay healthy during these trying times. How are you staying healthy during quarantine? Have I missed anything on the list? Is there something I mentioned that you agree or disagree with? Let me know in the comments!