Prioritize your mental health: Those experiencing a decline in their mental health can utilize at-home resources available online, on sites such as nami.org. Staying in touch with a support system through video calls and seeking out positive experiences can help people maintain mental health.
Revamp your routine: Rather than scheduling your routine around work, practices and excursions, set specific mealtimes and wake-up times to create a structure that’s conducive to healthy eating habits.
Food fixes: Meal planning and reducing the amount of unhealthy snacks in the house is another step toward healthy habits. Evans-Vitale, a certified functional nutritionist, instructs clients to avoid sugar, inflammatory fats — canola oils, seed oils and hydrogenated oils — and alcohol. At the grocery store, she recommends buying leafy greens, microgreens, walnuts, bee pollen and algae foods, which can also be found online. She also recommends frozen vegetables when fresh items aren’t accessible.
Sticking with new habits
Dr. Megan Renner, a primary care physician in St. Charles, has not seen significant weight gain among her patients. In fact, she has noted the opposite.
“The pandemic has encouraged many individuals in our communities to begin home exercise programs while under stay-at-home orders,” Renner said. “As a result, I’m seeing significant progress being made toward weight-loss goals.”