In the United States, so far about 1,709,243 people have been infected with COVID-19. While states are reopening and people are asked to quarantine after they cross borders, the numbers continue to rise. Self-isolating either intermittently or for an extended period of time is our safest bet against the disease.
This stressful situation comes with anxiety and that triggers in us unhealthy habits such as binge-eating to soothe our minds. Snacking on chips and burgers may seem to help for a while, but in the long-run they could increase risk of chronic diseases. You can, however, also add immune-boosting nutrients to the regular junk food you consume, especially since kicking the habit altogether is a herculean task.
Here are some tips to keep in mind while trying to fight this urge to stress-eat during the quarantine:
Keep Healthy Snacks in Reach
Remove all the processed snacks from your pantry and replace them with health snacks. Keep them in places easy to access when you need to. Keep a basket of fruit in your pantry in place of snacks. Also, you can keep celery sticks and carrot sticks in your refrigerator which you can eat along with a dip.
Make Something Special
You can make a healthy snack with some treat and concoct something special using your favorite snacks. For instance, you can add maple syrup to pieces of banana or add some chocolate sauce to the slices. Alternatively, you can also add some walnuts and milk to frozen banana pieces for a nice little dessert to lift up your mood.
“Sipping on ice water through the day or a flavored water helps to curb that urge to be eating all day long,” registered dietician Anne-Marie Davee has said.
Exercise Portion Control
“I would just watch portion sizes and add colorful vegetables to your plate. Have it be a treat once a week,” Davee said. She also added tthat people should consider turning towards their favorite fruits and vegetables when they are looking for comfort instead.
Spruce Up Comfort Foods With Nutrients
If you feel like eating sweet pasta or spaghetti, you can make some healthy additions such as sweet potatoes and tomatoes. You can also add vegetables to a bowl of chicken soup.