During this challenging time, your health and wellbeing is more important than ever. Eating a healthy diet is vital to our energy and feeling of wellbeing. During the COVID-19 crisis, we are being faced with many extra demands. This can make it more difficult to plan and eat healthy meals.
Many frontline staff are finding it difficult to get the time to take a break and depending on others to provide meals. While other staff may be working from home and have more access to food than usual.
At times of stress, we can often move away from healthy eating routines. We need to consider how to maintain our healthy eating habits at work and home, to help us get the nourishment to stay strong.
Maintaining your healthy eating routines
You can maintain your healthy eating routine by:
- planning your weekly meals for home and work when doing the weekly shopping
- when relying on someone else for your meals, let them know what healthy foods you like
- planning meals the night before helps you to commit to healthy options when you are not hungry
- cooking two meals together, or bulk cook, so you can freeze or preserve a ready-made meal for next week
- buying plenty of fruit and vegetables as we need to have up to seven portions a day to stay healthy
- having fruit and vegetables as snacks
- drinking lots of water during the day
It's okay to have a treat every so often but not every day. Limit your intake of sugary drinks, biscuits, cakes, chocolate, sweets and salty snacks.
Tips for healthy snacking when on the go or at home
Eating healthy snacks can give you more energy and protect your immune system.
Some simple healthy snacks include:
- nuts and dried fruit
- apples and peanut butter
- cottage cheese and fruit
- carrots and hummus
- clementines and almonds
- hard-boiled eggs
Healthy eating resources
- Vegetables, salad and fruit
- Wholemeal cereals and bread, potatoes, pasta and rice
- Milk, yoghurt and cheese
- Meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beans and nuts
- Foods and drinks high in fat, sugar and salt