Staying at home has been effective in slowing down the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). But spending all that time indoors away from friends, extended family, and your favorite activities can start to take a major toll on your overall well-being. You may notice you have less energy to exercise or prepare meals throughout the day that contain all the healthy nutrition your body craves!

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s normal to feel stressed, anxious, or exhausted from working at home or entertaining the kids all day, who may also be experiencing similar feelings during quarantine. How we cope with these emotions and added responsibilities, however, can often lead to unhealthy habits, such as mindless snacking and overeating.

In a recent blog post, you learned tips on how to stay active at home during quarantine. We wanted to expand the discussion by sharing some helpful guidance on maintaining a healthy weight during quarantine. Try these tips to help boost your energy and ensure you’re still getting all the essential nutrients your body needs to maintain a healthy weight.

Tips for Stay-At-Home Healthy Eating

Grab a Bottle of Water

Keep water nearby to help you stay hydrated throughout the day. Drinking at least one-to-two glasses of water before (and during) a meal can also help curve your appetite, so you don’t overeat. Though water is essential for healthy skin, digestion, oxygen, and other key bodily functions[1], it’s not the most exciting beverage to drink all day, so try adding some oranges, lemons, or limes to your water to give it a delicious citrus twist!

Pack Healthy Snacks

The new work-at-home routine may have you either rummaging for snacks in the kitchen cabinets or skipping meals entirely. If you used to bring your meals to the office, why not continue this routine and pack a lunch with healthy snacks at night to enjoy the following day.

Overcome Boredom

For many of us, the reason we fall into the habit of overeating is because we feel bored. To help avoid this food trigger, try distancing yourself from the kitchen by taking a ten-minute walk, doing some yoga stretches, meditating, or organizing an area of the home to take your mind off of the current situation. At Livea, we offer a fun, energetic Get Up & Move calendar that is jam packed with effective at-home exercises to help you feel great and avoid feeling bored.

Limit Your Carb Intake

When we start to feel stressed, it’s easy to indulge in processed sugars and starches because we think these types of “comfort foods” make us feel better. In reality, foods like pasta, mashed potatoes, bagels, and ice cream, are higher in sugars and carbohydrates, which can raise your blood sugar levels[2] and cause you to experience weight gain. Instead of grabbing a bag of cookies the next time you feel stressed, try replacing processed carbs with better food options that are higher in protein and healthy fats, such as eggs, avocados, lean meats, and broccoli. These types of foods will keep you fuller for longer!

Plan Your Meals with Livea

If you’re looking for friendly support and professional guidance on the types of vitamins, minerals, and key nutrients you need to stay healthy, lose weight, and manage your dietary restrictions, Livea has the perfect personalized meal plan to fit your lifestyle and budget.

With over 8 physician-tested meal plans available, we’ll help you establish healthy habits up front that will eventually become a part of your everyday routine. And with one-on-one support and counseling, you’ll have everything you need to maintain your ideal weight and feel amazing during and after quarantine.

Support for Stay-at-Home Healthy Eating

Ready to get started with our life-changing weight-loss program? Enjoy 10 weeks free when you sign up to become a member of our Livea family. To schedule a free consultation and talk with our team of nutritionists and registered dietitians about your weight loss goals and dietary needs, call us at 1-855-GoLivea (1-855-465-4832) today!

References:

[1] Medical News Today. Fifteen Benefits of Drinking Water. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/290814

[2] Medical News Today. What to Know About Blood Sugar Spikes. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317215