3 Quarantine Nutrition Hacks
One thing I keep seeing through the COVID-19 quarantine is the concern of losing ground gained through good nutritional discipline. In our 365 Nutrition program, one of the major components of the program is helping our clients create and stay in a consistent routine. With Stay-at-Home orders, home-schooling and other changes, it can be tough to hang on to the old routine, let alone create a new one. Here are three constants that can help you maintain consistency with your nutrition during quarantine.
- Create a Schedule
Create a daily plan and stick with it. Use whatever calendar function you like in your phone, a white-board in the kitchen or just a plain ol’ piece of paper. Set up a schedule to follow and check those boxes as you get things done. Staying busy during this time will keep you away from being bored and snacking as a result.
- My Fitness Pal
This very popular app is one that we recommend for tracking food intake. Of all the things that tracking can do to help you reach your goals, the one that I feel is the most important is taking what you eat and recording it. You can now see what you’re eating, how much you’re eating and the nutritional value of that food. Things have a greater impact in “Black and White”. It’s personal accountability and it works. Check it out in the App Store or Google Play.
Pro Tip: Enter your planned meals and snacks the night before. This helps answer the “What am I going to have for /breakfast/lunch/dinner?” question and actually goes a long way toward alleviating the stress that goes along with it.
Your schedule is set, your meals are loaded into MFP. Now, create some redundancy to help make sure you stick to that schedule. Use the alarms in your phone to help you remember to:
- Drink enough water
- Eat a meal or snack
We can quickly become absorbed in a project and forget to do something that is planned, so calendar alarms can go a long way toward keeping you on track. Set up ‘em up and again, check that box for each one you complete.
- Bonus: Reward yourself!
You have to celebrate your wins. How you do that is up to you. Don’t over celebrate—but give yourself a little room to enjoy and feel proud of your hard work.
Stay healthy and safe!