It’s been a rough few months for everybody. So many of us have been in lockdown for months at this point. And though there are signs that the lockdown will ease in the coming weeks, it’s likely that the country won’t get back to normal for a good while yet.
Your routine is in complete disarray.
And while you’ve managed to adapt well so far, there’s always a risk during this time. And no, we’re not talking about coronavirus! We’re talking about the risk of slipping into eating patterns that could lead to poor health later on in life.
We’ve so much up in the air and uncertain right now, maintaining a healthy diet may not be one of your primary concerns. And it’s gotten a lot harder now that you can’t simply pop out to a shop and grab what you need.
We want to help with that problem.
Every one of Najma Food’s chilled halal meats makes for a great addition to a healthy diet. But if you’re looking for a little more help, these are the tips that will aid you in eating healthily during the pandemic.
Tip #1 – Freeze Your Fruit and Veg
It’s more important now than ever before to ensure you’re fulfilling your body’s nutritional needs. You’re likely spending less time outside, which means you’re exercising less. And if you’re comfort eating to help with stress, your body isn’t getting what it needs to operate properly.
You need to keep eating plenty of fruits and veg during this time.
The challenge is that it’s harder to get your hands on these types of food. While there’s still enough supply, you’re likely shopping a lot less than you did before. And that means your fresh fruit and veg probably runs out before your next trip.
Thankfully, the World Health Organisation has a useful tip if you’re struggling:
“As well as being eaten fresh, fruits and vegetables can be frozen where possible and will retain most of their nutrients and flavour.”
Don’t want to freeze your fruit and veg directly?
Why not make batches of soup out of your fresh produce and freeze that instead? The soup retains all of the nutrients from the ingredients and you can make your fruit and veg last longer.
Tip #2 – Canned Foods Are Your Friend
Canned foods have much larger shelf lives than fresh foods and they’re essential for those days when you run out of fresh produce.
From canned tuna and salmon through to the likes of canned beans, lentils, and chickpeas, you’ll always have a stock of nutritious food available to you.
Make grabbing some canned foods a priority during every shopping trip. They’ll last as long as you need them to and provide useful stopgaps for those last couple of days before your next shopping trip.
Tip #3 – Stay Hydrated
Your body is made up of 75% water.
It stands to reason that you need to drink plenty of the stuff to keep your body hydrated. And yet, research shows us that up to one-third of British people don’t drink water on a daily basis. Instead, we drink coffee, tea, soft drinks, and a host of other drinks that have added ingredients.
Don’t fall into that trap.
The standard recommendation is to drink eight glasses of water per day. Make sure you stick to that, even when times get tough. Water helps you to stay alert, keeps your body energised, and even helps your brain to process things quickly.
Tip #4 – Limit Processed Foods
We all know how easy it is to slip into the processed foods trap.
The kids won’t stop pestering you about what’s for dinner. You feel like you’re rushed off your feet and you’re so stressed out that you don’t even want to think about cooking a big meal.
So, you grab a couple of processed meals out of the freezer, shove them in the microwave, and the job’s done.
And that’s okay every so often. But processed foods contain a lot of saturated and trans fats that will have a negative effect on your body over time.
Limit your consumption of processed foods wherever possible. And remember that making a healthy meal doesn’t have to take an eternity. A simple salad containing some of our halal chilled meats only takes a couple of minutes to create and it’s much healthier than the processed foods that are seemingly so convenient.
Tip #5 – Take Care Of Your Get Up and Go
It’s another day where you don’t really need to get up to do anything. Your normal routine lies in tatters and you wake up every day feeling like you have no energy.
There’s no get up and go inside you and that makes the whole day harder.
To fight against this challenge, you need to eat foods that give you plenty of energy. Again, our halal chilled meats offer plenty of protein to keep your body feeling healthy. Other foods, like rice, pasta, and root crops, give you the energy that you need to keep pushing.
Go for wholegrain staples wherever possible and focus your main meals around them.
Tip #6 – Don’t Skip Breakfast
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and they’re not wrong.
But if you’re dragging yourself out of bed in the late hours of the morning, it’s possible that you’re skipping breakfast altogether.
That means your body isn’t getting what it needs to feel energised in the morning.
You’ve just spent eight hours (or more) asleep. That means your body’s burned through whatever fuel it had left. Breakfast replenishes that fuel and gives you what you need to make your mornings fruitful and productive.
Don’t skip it.
The Final Word
We hope that you’ve been doing everything that you can to stay happy and healthy during this difficult time.
With these tips, you can do that little bit more to ensure you and your family maintain a healthy diet. And at Najma Foods, we’re dedicated to providing the healthiest (and tastiest) halal chilled meats now and when things return to normal.