Tips for Staying Healthy During Quarantine
With Coronavirus spreading more everyday, you may be finding you and your family quarantining. It is definitely a scary time for all of us and none of us know what the future is going to look like. You may be feeling like maintaining a healthy lifestyle is impossible during quarantine- so Team BurgerFit is here to help!
Our Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach Stephanie Zarling put together these ideas and tips that may help you keep your family fed and eating healthy through these tough times!
Tips from Stephanie, Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach
About Stephanie Zarling, FMCHC
Stephanie put together her top tips from a health coaching perspective on staying healthy during quarantine/isolation. She pursued her lifelong passion of health and wellness and became a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC) in February 2020. She is currently the Marketing Director for BurgerFit and enjoys incorporating her knowledge of health and nutrition into her everyday work.
Maintain normalcy as much as possible/create a daily schedule to follow
Being home 24/7 may not be the norm for you and your family. However, work to create a sense of normalcy as much as possible.
- Create a routine for everyone to follow.
- Wake up at the same time that you normally do.
- Have breakfast, lunch, and dinner at normal times.
- Encourage children to continue doing their chores.
- Limit TV and electronic device time.
- Set aside time for education, exercise, quiet time and playtime. You can find an idea for a quick and easy activity to do with your children here.
- Once the day to day things are taken care of, focus on creating quality family time.
- Try to avoid gravitating towards TV or electronic devices when at all possible.
Fight for your mental health and healthy stress levels
It can really easy to become discouraged over what is going on. Do not give yourself over to fear. Do whatever possible to maintain a good headspace during this time. Here are some ideas:
- Get your news updates for the day and then put the computer away and turn off the TV.
- Set aside time for meditation, deep breathing and yoga. You can find some great free yoga classes on YouTube!
- FaceTime a friend and ask them to continue to check on you.
- Write and mail cards for those in nursing homes to encourage them.
- Journal, pray, make music and art.
- Lean into any and all practices that have worked for you before.
Eat whole foods for every meal and drink lots of water
Now more than ever, it’s important to eat whole fruits and veggies and drink lots of water. Not only will this help keep your immune system strong but eating whole foods may help with stress and anxiety. Drinking lots of water will help flush toxins out of your body and keep you hydrated.
- Drinking lots of water will help flush toxins out of your body and keep you hydrated. There are some great apps out there that can help you keep track of how much you’re drinking and can be fun too! Some of our favorites are Daily Water Tracker Reminder, Drink Water: Drinking Reminder, and My Water – Daily Water Tracker.
- Vegetables and fruit have the necessary vitamins and minerals that your body needs to stay healthy.
- If eating veggies is hard for you or your family, we have some recipes that are perfect for turning veggie-haters into veggie-lovers! Check them out here.
Be Mindful Of What You’re Buying at the Grocery Store
It will be easier to fall into the temptation to snack more while you’re just at home for a long period of time with not much to do.
- Swap out the chips, pretzels and individually package snacks at the grocery store with apples, oranges, carrots, and celery and nuts.
- If you are feeling hungry or stressed, fuel your body with something that will satiate you – not something that will trigger to just continue eating.
We want to be mindful of what we’re buying during this time when we might be able to find our usuals at the grocery store and we’re not out shopping as much.
You can find our list of recipes to help food go further during the coronavirus outbreak here.