The pandemic has changed a lot in what was considered normal in our society. Many have been forced to stay at home because of lockdowns causing a lot of people to become physically inactive and devolve into unhealthy habits. But considering this may be our new normal in the next few years, what can we do to become more healthy while still staying at home. Here are just some healthy eating habits to adapt this new normal.
Make a List of Your Eating Patterns
For a few days, keep a food journal. Make a list of everything you eat and when you eat it. This will assist you in identifying your habits. You might realize, for example, that you crave a sweet snack to get you through the mid-afternoon energy drop. It’s important to keep track of how you felt when you decided to eat, especially if you ate when you weren’t hungry. Were you exhausted? Are you feeling tense? This will give you a bird’s eye view of what you are eating and when you are eating and the first step is to try eliminating your bad habits. You can only do that if you are completely aware of them.
The following are some of the most common eating behaviors that might lead to weight gain and unhealthy living:
- Eating too quickly
- Keep your plate clean at all times
- Not eating when you’re not hungry
- Standing up and eating (may lead to eating mindlessly or too quickly)
- Dessert is something I always eat.
- Meal skipping (or maybe just breakfast)
These are just some habits to take note of and bear in mind if you want to have a better eating lifestyle.
Sugars are an important source of energy for your body. You cannot live without it. However, many of our food items today are inundated with sugars to the point that there’s just way too much sugar. We suggest that you try eliminating or at least reduce your sugar consumption as there are already many natural occurring sugars in food that we eat like the sugars found in fruits and vegetables. Some of the most common sources of sugar we can cut out of your regular diet are sodas, juices, and other flavored drinks. They usually contain a huge amount of sugar which actually makes them very sweet. Another thing you can cut out are desserts as most desserts like pastries and ice cream have tons of sugar in them. Taking them out in your diet will reduce the amount of extra sugar your body doesn’t need which will prevent weight gain and a host of other weight-related diseases.
Replace Your Unhealthy Foods with Healthier Alternatives
Filipinos love their fried foods. From fried chicken to fried pork chop or to the deadly lechon kawali and liempo, we enjoy fried foods and other unhealthy choices way too much. And in this pandemic, especially in a world where there is a lack of exercise, this all adds up against you. Start replacing these food items with healthier options. Add more greens and vegetables to your dishes and reduce the amount of fried foods. Consider roasting or grilling your food as they are generally less fat and much more healthier and do not need oil to cook. Replace your dessert as well with fruits like apples and grapes as they have far less sugar than cakes, pastries and ice cream and they are a lot more healthy. You may also want to consider adding more fish to your diet as they are generally far healthier than pork or even beef. Tuna for example is an excellent source of omega-3 that is good for your heart just like the San Marino Tuna Flakes in Aglio Olio Sauce and San Marino Tuna Flakes in Marinara Sauce. They are great substitutes that you can add to any dish but is perfect with pasta with a rich flavorful taste. Healthy does not mean it has to taste bad.
With the current new normal lifestyle, eating healthily is so much more important to developing healthy habits is a great way to get more energy, feel better and live longer. San Marino Tuna Flakes in Aglio Olio Sauce and in Marinara Sauce are great companions to your road to living healthier.
San Marino Tuna Flakes in Aglio Olio Sauce and in Marinara Sauce are available in groceries and supermarkets nationwide. For easier shopping online, you can also purchase them via CDO Home Delivery, Lazada, and Shopee.