One of the biggest challenges of living through a pandemic is maintaining a healthy diet. It’s tempting to dig into those bags of chips, sweets, etc. But after a month or more of that, your body might be screaming out, “Give me a break!” If you’re looking to maintain your health long-term, then eating healthy is essential. Not only does eating healthy help you regulate your body’s natural functions (heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar levels), but it also helps foster good moods.
If you?re being a good citizen and staying home (thank you!), you might be worried about having access to enough fresh fruits and veggies during the quarantine. Although supplies at large grocery stores somewhat hit or miss, there are luckily plenty of other options out there.
When the winter brings us freezing cold temperatures, we tend to grab hot foods like curry, mulled wine, or pumpkin spice lattes to warm us up from the inside. But why do these foods and beverages make us feel so much better when it?s cold?
Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that helps the body absorb calcium, magnesium, and phosphate, as well as aiding in a variety of other biological effects such as regulating insulin production, enhancing immunity, and regulating our mood, among others. Vitamin D also helps regulate calcium and phosphorus levels in the blood, both of which are key to having healthy bones.
You may have heard about intermittent fasting, where you cycle between periods of eating and not eating. This approach to dieting has become popular in recent years, primarily as a vehicle for weight loss and maintenance. These diets focus less on what you eat and more on when you eat. There are a variety of methods to accomplish this, some that require you to fast for only a short period of time, say eight hours, some that require you to fast for 12-16 hours, and some that require you to fast for a full day.