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Engaging in bad eating habits during the pandemic is understandable. Stories of people gaining weight and losing control over the quality of their meals during their time in isolation are prevalent.
However, this is just one side of the story. On the other hand, people may also develop healthy habits for themselves and their families, such as eating more plant-based foods. Below, we mention five eating-related behaviors that should be maintained beyond the pandemic.
1. Eat meals with family
Science shows that eating as a family can result in better self-esteem for kids, higher school success rates, and reduced risk of depression and substance abuse. During the pandemic, many kids felt what it is like to have both parents at home for weeknight dinners, which is relatively uncommon in some families. It is true, especially when the parents are front-line workers, in which case kids usually eat meals separately from their parents.
This habit should continue to be practiced by families beyond the pandemic. It is not always an easy task but putting effort into gathering the whole family for meals will benefit everyone.
2. Buying local food and helping during the hunger crisis
Have you witnessed empty grocery shelves during the pandemic? If not, then you are lucky. The pandemic brought the problems in the food supply chain to light. People started buying food locally, such as regionally milled flour and sustainably caught fish. Additionally, agriculture programs supported by communities have skyrocketed. It is an excellent trend because it shows how important it is to appreciate and respect our food.
There are 42 million people facing food insecurity in the United States, which has grown amidst the pandemic. Many people have stepped forward to help the hunger problem. As humans, we can support policies that expand access to quality food and health care.
3. Teach kids how to cook
Involving kids in the cooking process has its apparent advantages. Research shows that kids that know how to cook eat less fast food, more vegetables, and participate in family meals more often.
It can be a fascinating experience for kids, but it may be tiring for overworked parents. Not all kids are interested in cooking. Spark their interest by starting with basic things such as letting kids arrange cooked food on plates. It’s never too late to teach kids how to navigate around a kitchen. Cooking is an art, and it should be a fun experience.
4. Eat plant-based proteins
It is a known fact that plant-based diets are incredibly healthy. It seems like people are finally stocking up on all kinds of plant-based foods. From tofu to homemade veggie burgers, there are all kinds of food that people are now enjoying.
Not only does following a plant-based diet is beneficial for health, but it also benefits our planet. In no way, we are trying to make you vegetarians, but reducing meat intake might be something to consider.
5. Self-compassion is essential for wellness
Self-compassion must be a daily habit. Short daily meditation improves many aspects of well-being, such as self-worth and body appreciation. Punishing or hating oneself for eating unhealthy food alone will not result in an improvement in diet.
Discovering new habits is ordinary during pandemic times. You may come to discoveries about what it truly means to nourish yourself. Be happy and proud of the healthy changes you put into your routine. These good habits can be incorporated into your lifestyle way beyond the pandemic.
What habits have you made during the pandemic?