The outbreak of the novel COVID-19 coronavirus has the world and everyone’s lives upside down. Despite stay-at-home orders and social distancing protocols keeping the majority of the population safely in their homes and away from the risk of infection, the global stress of facing a major widespread pandemic has had a massive impact on the mental health of everyone worldwide.
Feeling stress during a major crisis like this is completely normal, and those that are encouraging people to treat this time as a welcome vacation and opportunity to hone their skills are neglecting to acknowledge the significance of this event. You have no obligation to be additionally successful as you wait out the pandemic, and in fact, should only really worry about focusing on your own mental health and wellbeing. AtMy Healthy Penguin, the work we do is in order to promote both physical and mental wellbeing, starting with a healthy diet. What, when, and how you eat has a major impact on your body and mind, especially in times of high-stress or worry.
If you are finding yourself becoming increasingly agitated, feeling more stressed, or are simply beginning to feel worn down by the current state of affairs, you are not alone. We are all here to help one another as we learn to navigate the new normal, and need to find ways to cope with stress healthily, and at home. In this guide, we’re going to talk about a few key things you can do to stay sane while you meal prep and eat during COVID-19.
Like with most things, consistency is key when it comes to your diet. Eating irregular portions or eating at wildly different times of day can wreak havoc on your energy levels, digestion, and general mood, and can even impact things like weight and nutrient retention.Practicing proper portion control may seem like an unimportant consideration during a global pandemic, but in truth, continuing to manage portions and eat consistently will help you stay healthier in the long run.
While you may want to stay consistent with the time of day and the amount you eat, you should be a little more adventurous with thevariety of foods you eat on a weekly basis. Having a colorful array of vegetables, starches, proteins, and so on can help you ensure you are eating a nutritionally balanced diet. Eating a broad and varied (but healthy) diet will help you get all the nutrients you need, and help to promote the proper functioning of mind and body.
As required by social distancing orders, non-essential workers should remain indoors and at-home unless performing necessary tasks like visiting pharmacies or going to the grocery store. If even going to the grocery store seems like a daunting task right now, we completely understand. Having to avoid people in tight aisles, touching public items, and not knowing who may have come in contact with your food can be a scary prospect, and people are understandably concerned.
If you are feeling wary of going to the grocery store, consider making your firsthealthy meal prep order online today! We prepareeach week’s meals in our safe and sanitary environment, then individually portion each into microwavable containers that will keep your food fresh and safe from germs until you are ready to chow down. Best of all,we deliver our healthy meal preps directly to our customers, so all you have to do to prepare a full week of healthy meals is order online and grab your delivery from your front door.
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