Admit it, we are all guilty of feeling tired and frustrated at social distancing and self-isolation. Yet despite our initial feelings about the whole process which took effect several weeks ago, we followed the rules, kept our distance and stayed at home isolating ourselves. And not just to prevent the spread, but to protect our loved ones as well.
Of course, as we now pass week five of self-isolation one thing is certainly clear, when will it end. Instead of looking at the negative side of the whole COVID-19 crisis, let;’s look at the positives and what can be gained from such a life altering experience.
Michele is often referred to as the ‘modern day nutritional medicine practitioner’ who loves to eat and cook and instills in her clients that ‘extremes’ do not work – real food does. Writer and publisher of successful blog ‘A Healthy View‘ she shares her insights and professional advice on the positives which can be gained whilst living through, what some have considered to be a total nightmare.
“Let’s start with the positives. What we can control and what can we change? Right now, there is so much we cannot control – the invisible virus, the financial markets and the curious behaviour of people around us.
But we can control a few things starting with what we eat, how that affects our sleep and the knock-on effect on our minds. If the brain is well nourished, our thoughts are clearer and calmer, and we push into a pro-active, positive mind-set.” She says.
Here are some of Michele’s most important wellness habits to embrace for true wellbeing throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
Firstly, make sure anyone who has any symptoms which may be related to the coronavirus keeps out of the kitchen and even away from family dinners. This is a time where sitting down together at the table is not ideal.
Even without symptoms, everyone needs to practise good hygiene for food safety in the kitchen. That means frequent and thorough hand washing, not touching faces, proper cough etiquette
It’s also important to avoid sharing eating and drinking utensils. Assign everyone their own cup, plate, bowl, and cutlery, and make sure each set is washed with detergent and water, then put in the dishwasher. Use disposable paper towels to wipe down surfaces frequently with disinfectant cleaning products.
Just because you and your family are isolated doesn’t mean you should eat tasteless, boring or low nutrient food. And the food doesn’t need to be expensive either. Getting innovative in the kitchen can be a good distraction if you are cooped up. Share recipes with friends and cook for one another.
4. Freezing Foods
Cool your food before freezing it. If it’s still hot it will heat up your freezer and could cause other foods to defrost. Never refreeze anything that has been defrosted. Ensure you seal or wrap your food thoroughly and remove all air as you are wrapping. Label foods and make sure you include the date.
This is the time to catch up on movies and podcasts that make you smile. Here are a few of my recommendations:
My clients know I prefer food over supplements. However, there is a time and a place for quality, reputable supplements. Metagenics are my preferred brand and they will deliver to your door.
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