Do you think about what you’re eating and how during quarantine? If not, it is time that you pay attention to this aspect of your routine. Food comprises a major part of your life. Several hours of your day is spent eating or thinking about what to eat. Do you know why? Maybe because you love food but also because food is fuel. It is a prominent determinant of your physical, mental and emotional well being. 

With health being prioritized since the outbreak of the pandemic, you must begin a change by adopting healthy habits. You may have started giving yourself some physical activity but progress is possible only with nutrition. So let me help you have a healthy existence. Incorporate the following food habits in your quarantine routine and see the difference yourself. 

Replace your snacks with nuts

Your parents aren’t wrong when they tell you to let go of snack bars and potato chips. Such snacks are categorized as processed food and are loaded with salt or sugar. Excessive consumption of processed food can be really bad for your health. 

So if you do feel the need to munch on something, move over to nuts. And steer clear from the chocolate, cinnamon and other flavored varieties. They are no good as a healthy replacement. Go for plain nuts like walnuts, cashews, almonds and pistachios. If you do feel the need for some flavor, you can add spices or roast them at home. 

Coming over to health benefits, nuts are a good source of protein, fiber and healthy fats. Regular and moderate consumption of nuts can reduce the risk of high cholesterol and keep your heart and brain healthy. All these benefits without the extra calories. 

Make time for probiotic food

Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, people are looking for ways to strengthen their immune system. Probiotic food is one of the many effective ways of ensuring strong immunity. 

The gut and the immune system are related. The microbiome in your gut allows proper absorption of nutrients. If this doesn’t happen, your body cells including the immune cells will suffer. Also, a healthy gut ensures that the immune system is vigilant to any invaders. Probiotic food is what keeps your microbiome healthy. 

So fill your plate with all the fermented food available around you. Kombucha, kefir, pickles, yogurt, sourdough bread and kimchi are some of the best options. 

Stay hydrated with healthy beverages

Hydration is key to a healthy body and mind. You may think that drinking water is not necessary when you are stuck indoors but you couldn’t be more wrong. Your body needs fluid for all the vital body functions including your immune system. Water is also needed for regulating mood and anxiety and keeping up the energy levels. 

People forget drinking water all the time and for some it gets boring. So why not turn your regular water into something delicious? Slice some lemons, cucumber and ginger and add it to your regular water. You can store it in the fridge and sip on it whenever you feel like. This way you check your fluid intake and enjoy the benefits of the additions. Lemon will help your immune system and cucumbers add extra freshness to the drink. Ginger also has antioxidants and acts as an anti-inflammatory

Eat mindfully

The present century hasn’t been able to practice all the rules of mindful eating. It’s not that easy as well because these rules need practice. However, there’s one rule that all of us are guilty of violating and that can be easily fixed. Multitasking while eating. This has increased even more since the lockdown. 

Most of us are glued to the tv screens or our smartphones and not aware of the food consumption process. Likewise online games take up most of the time because people want to move to new missions and get better ranks. Well, you can stop worrying about such things. Your movie or episode can wait till the meal is finished. As for online games there are several services that do all the grinding work for you. Valorant boosting is one good example. It is a service that improves your ranks, unlocks missions and spares you the frustration of trolls. So you can focus on other things like mindful eating. 

Once you get a hang of mindful eating habits you’ll notice several health benefits. Reduced levels of stress, better digestion and fewer cases of emotional eating are some of them. 

Invest in long lasting and nutritious food options

For the sake of your safety and that of your loved ones, it is best to stay indoors. One way you can ensure this is by avoiding frequent visits to the supermarket. Instead of hoarding or buying perishable products, pick items that last long and fulfill the nutrition content. 

Legumes are an amazing option. Not only are they packed with protein and fiber but they can also be turned into different recipes. Canned food is another great choice. As long as it is not opened, it can last you for a long time. 

Another option to keep fresh produce for longer is to grow your own. Lockdown has given all of us some extra spare time. Use it to grow some summer vegetables like tomatoes, lettuce or cucumber. You can even grow some citrus plants like oranges and lemons or other fruits like apples and berries to check your vitamin intake. 

So if health is your priority, inculcate these food habits to ensure the well being of your mind and body. After all, you are what you eat.