Confinements around the world and limited supplies in stores have led to many people rethinking their current diet. Statistics suggest that at least a third of people have increased in weight during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Confinement is also being blamed for the decrease in emotional well-being and lack of exercise. It’s no wonder that many people are starting to consider their diet to understand what foods they should be eating during this health pandemic.
Before we look at the best foods to eat, it’s important to consider your kitchen and food processing equipment, it needs to be effective, efficient, and clean. If it isn’t you need to replace it or you’ll notice the effects on your food prep.
Fruit & Veg
It won’t be a surprise to realize you need to eat at least 5 portions of fresh fruit and vegetables every day. This can be difficult during a pandemic as you may not be able to get to the shop every day or the supplies you need aren’t there. But, that shouldn’t stop you from trying!
Processed foods contain sugar, salt, and a bunch of other additives that are not beneficial to your health. Sugar, salt, and fat consumption all increase the likelihood of heart disease, obesity, stroke, diabetes, and even some cancers.
You need to avoid foods that come ready to eat as much as possible. These are processed and will not benefit your health.
Instead try eating fresh eggs, lentils, beans, and plenty of whole-grain products. These are much better for you and will help you to stay healthy.
Contrary to what some people suggest, dairy foods play an important part in maintaining overall health. They are also great for bone and teeth strength.
Stick to fresh products, such as Greek or plain yogurt, milk, and cheeses. The benefits outweigh any negative points.
It’s essential to hydrate regularly, especially as the weather warms. Your body is 60% water and this needs to be replenished regularly. It’s essential to the transference of nutrients into cells and waste products out of them. It also helps to regulate body temperature and is good for your joints.
While pure water is the best option, any other drink that is mainly water can also help. Even tea and coffee, within reason, is beneficial. However, you need to avoid sweetened and fizzy drinks as these can contribute to tooth decay and obesity;
Fats & Oils
There are different types of fat, good and bad. You need to consume some good fats every day to keep your body healthy. Concentrate on consuming unsaturated fats, these are the healthy ones.
You’ll find them in fish, nuts, olive oil, sunflower oil, and even in white meat. Again, you should be avoiding processed meats and anything that has trans fats, these are the worst kind.
You will need to read ingredients for a while but you’ll be surprised at how quickly you get to know the products which are good for you and stick to them.
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