Ah, COVID-19, it has turned life upside down – for everyone! How it will be remembered will be impacted a lot by how you handle the situation. Everyone is in a similar situation, it’s a new experience for everyone.
I’ve read some great articles on how to deal with it & these people gave what I thought was the best with relevant information.
👍 North Brisbane Psychologists, Brisbane.
👍 Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, Melbourne.
👍 Dr Eileen M Feliciano, NY.
👍 Jon Bailey, ex US Navy submariner.
Whilst I’m in isolation, I’ve been trying some of these out & this is what I’ve found most successful 10days in.
Whilst it seems obvious to say eat well, often stressed people just don’t eat. OK, not this little black duck – but I hear it happens. My theory is if I am preparing something to eat, I want it to be nutrient dense & to boost my immune system – yup, I am all for multi-tasking. The best way to achieve this is loads of colour, a lot of different textures & diversity on your plate.
I like to aim for 30 different plant-based foods over a week. Why? This allows a great diversity of good gut bugs to flourish, which mean good gut microbiome can also flourish. So, 30 – it does sound a lot but hear me out. Plant based foods include fruit & vegetables, nuts & seeds, grains, lentils & legumes, plus herbs.
To give you a better idea here are two basic meals: a basic minestrone soup with tomatoes (1), onion (2), garlic (3), carrot (4), beans (5) with a grainy roll (6). A roast with vegies – peas (7), corn (8), potato (9) & sweet potato (10). That two meals, possibly a lunch and dinner & you are a third of the way to your target!
It can be overwhelming which makes you flounder even more! You watch under the pretence of being informed but you only feel more anxious – not more informed. I’ve set myself a limit of twice daily for 15min each tops. Why? Because generally there is nothing new & if there is it will be at the beginning of the news cycle. It is generally the same thing re hashed over & over (& over & over).
This is especially important around little ones. They are watching too. They don’t understand & honestly, the munchkins are taking their cues from you – they are watching how this is dealt with by you.
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