Practical Weight Management Tips with a Stay at Home order

Wednesday April 15, 2020

Your whole schedule has been up ended. You’re nervous and stressed all the time. What can you do to prevent significant changes in your health?  The bandwidth for changing healthy habits is also limited because of the stress.  Here are some practical ideas that can have a significant impact on your health:

  1. Wash your hands before you eat anything. This can be mindful. See number 6.
  2. Do not skip meals. When you skip a meal, you set yourself up to overeat at the next meal.
  3. Do not graze. Set an eating schedule. Eat your meals and snacks at the same time each day.
  4. Eat at the same place in your home and keep it clean. Put your food on a plate and sit at a table to eat. Do not eat in front of the tv, computer, newspaper, or magazine. Sit and savor your meals.
  5. Go for a walk every day. Stay 6 feet away from people.
  6. Rate your hunger. Take 10 seconds to check in with yourself and see if you are hungry. If you are, choose a healthy snack.
  7. Your immune system works on the citric acid cycle with basic metabolism. This means that keto is not the answer right now. Avoid fad diets.
  8. Stay hydrated. Keep a glass of water with you and keep it clean. Have a cup of tea. More beverages often curb your appetite.
  9. Get enough sleep each night. When you are sleep deprived, you crave more calories, especially, higher fat, high carb calories.
  10. Choose protein. Animal sources as well as non-animal sources provide the nutrients needed for proper health. Choose chicken, turkey, fish, beef, pork, cow’s milk dairy, eggs, tofu, nuts, seeds, and beans.