Plenty has changed from this time last year to today. Your daily work commute is a thing of the past, your Netflix viewing is up 200%, and sweatpants and athletic shorts have replaced jeans and skirts.
But it’s not just your wardrobe that’s been disrupted by the age of social distancing. For some, last-minute trips to the store, endless restaurant options, and standard lunch breaks are becoming distant memories.
So how can you adapt your old-world health habits to this brave new one?
From our team of Wellory Nutritionists, here are 5 tips for a healthy at-home routine.
1. Eat breakfast
Now that you’re home, you might find yourself waking up a bit later each morning. But instead of rolling out of bed and into your first activity for the day, set your alarm and allow time for a distraction-free breakfast.
Eating a balanced breakfast full of fiber and protein will help you have an energized, productive morning and prevent over-snacking later in the day. Try making rolled oats with 2 tbsp of pumpkin or chia seeds, cinnamon, and berries.
-Jen, Wellory Nutritionist
2. Schedule lunch and dinner
Planning lunch and dinner adds structure to your day that you might otherwise be missing when you’re home all day.
Take a moment to schedule time in your calendar to eat lunch and dinner, then plan your day around it. This helps you prioritize your time, eat balanced meals, and prevent overeating later at night.
-Kelsey, Wellory Nutritionist
3. Plate it
When having a snack, it’s tempting to eat it out of the box, bag or jar just because you’re in the convenience of your own home. Instead, plate everything—even if you’re just having a couple of bites.
For example, instead of having a spoonful of peanut butter right out of the jar, put it on celery or an apple, then eat it off a plate. This will help you make intentional choices and avoid overeating.
-Rachel, Wellory Nutritionist
4. Swap commute time for cook time
No longer commuting each day? Take advantage and experiment with new recipes. If you tend to order takeout during the week, this is a great time to try out some new recipes at home. Start with this immune-boosting lentil and veggie soup—a big batch will last you all week long!
-Paige, Wellory Nutritionist
5. Move more
Remember walking home from the bus stop, heading to your office’s kitchen for water breaks, and popping around to say hi to coworkers throughout the day?
If you’re now at home, you’re probably not moving as much as you did at work. To stay healthy, make a point to get movement in. Try pacing around the room when you’re on the phone, standing up at the start of every hour, or scheduling 15-minute stretch breaks on your calendar.
-Nyssa, Wellory Nutritionist
Eating right is one of the most powerful things you can do to improve your mood, lower stress, and reduce your vulnerability to viruses.
Team up with a Wellory Nutritionist to build healthy habits that fit into your everyday.