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How to eat well in time of lockdown

Posted by Silvia Grattieri on April 17, 2020
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Welcome to our Hive Wellness Hacks, a series of practical weekly tips on how to improve your health and wellbeing, especially in times of lockdown.

At B-Hive Living, we believe that living well starts at home. That’s why we deliver community activities and content to our residents around  six pillars of well-living. Now we’ve decided to share some of this content with you to help you boosting your resilience and beat the home fatigue in these strange and isolating times. This week we focus on nutrition.

During the lockdown, many of us are snacking more between meals, making our mealtimes disappear into chaos. Boredom, stress, and loneliness all play a part in driving us to the snack cupboard. The result is our blood sugar levels going on a rollercoaster, so you keep feeling you need to eat something in order to stay happy.

But it’s not all bad news. The lockdown can be a force for good and here is what you can do to improve your diet and take control back of your eating habits.

 

  1. Set a schedule and stick to it: Build your schedule to include chunks of time for work, exercise, eating, and interacting with others so you are less likely to feel like the day is a big empty space, which usually lead to unnecessary snacking.

 

  1. Keep tasks separate:Don’t use your bedroom as a dining room.  Aim to designate places in your home to eat, work, exercise and relax and commit to undertaking these activities in these spaces separately.

 

  1. Hack your cravings:When we’re bored, it’s easy to turn to food, so keep busy. If you feel stuck, bored or frustrated, try to label the feeling and then try to find a small task to work on, changing tasks entirely, taking a break, or checking in with a friend.

 

  1. Try a fasting-style diet: This is easier than you think. Essentially, aim for a 12-hour gap between dinner and your meal next day. This helps your body to optimise recovery, boosting your immunity system.

 

Power hack:  Don’t wait until you’re hungry to decide what you’re going to eat, this is a big mistake as you may end up eating more or choosing something higher in calories. So, plan your meal and snacks in advance for smart eating.

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