So most, if not all, of your free time is in the house now. Being stuck in the house can start to drive any sane person crazy. Despite the fact that you love your family or roommate, so much time together can start to wear on even the best relationships. You may have started off spending your extra time at home watching movies and catching up on your favorite TV series. Then, perhaps to increase your productivity, you cleaned out the garage and organized some closets. Following that, you could have gone back to see what's on TV, calling some friends and family to find out what's a good watch. You've probably gotten in a few extra walks or maybe exercised here and there. Then the fingers and feet start tapping. Ok I've done this and that...now what?
Or what about the kiddos? It's gone a little something like this in my house. I'm hungry. Will you make this? While plating the first request, another request is usually made for an addition to the meal. While all that's going on, there's that random mess or ask for a drink. No big deal. After breakfast on school days, we get through E-Learning. They play with each other, and we play with them as well. The oldest, when he's allowed, spends as time as he can on his video game with his friends. Prior to social distancing, video games were not allowed on weekdays. Right now, he's being allowed more time because it's one of his only social interactions outside of the house. I figure it will help him keep his sanity. There's been days that I've been so frustrated with being pulled in 20 different directions all at the same time or sometimes even worse, consecutively. Despite all of that, I feel really blessed to have this time with my family.
With all of this family time, it may be a great time to start some healthy habits. For example, with having to stay home, many of us are cooking most, if not, all meals at home. Why not take this time to learn some healthy meals to cook? The more time you spend cooking, you'll find that you actually become more efficient at it. If you take this time to develop the skills to increase your kitchen efficiency, when you return to work, you'll already be in a position to continue to cook dinner for your family more regularly. Why? Because it's no longer this daunting and foreign task. You'll be the master of your kitchen, slaying one dinner after another. Okay, maybe not that dramatic but cooking is less of a chore when it's efficient. You get in the kitchen, do what you've gotta do, and get out. It feels good to be able to do that for your family. I feel good being able to feed my family meals that I know are beneficial for our health. Try doing a kitchen food renovation:
1. Let go of snacks you know to be unhealthy, or at the very least, stop purchasing them.
2. Stock your kitchen with whole food, instead. Whole food is food as close to its natural state as possible. Apples, bananas, and peppers that still look and taste like the apples, bananas, and peppers they grew to be.
3. Discover what kitchen tools are essential to your efficiency. You will find as you cook more often, it is very helpful to have tools for the job. Check out my blog about getting the right kitchen tools and improving your kitchen experience here.
4. Only thing left is to do your best to continue. Do not be too hard on yourself. There will be days you do not feel like cooking. Times where a bag of cookies just happen to end up in your shopping cart and in your pantry, oops. Don't worry about that stuff. What is more important than that is not making a habit of any of it. If you do not feel like cooking one day, really try your best to find in you the next. If you buy cookies one grocery trip, be sure to leave them out the next several trips for sure.
In addition to developing healthy eating habits, increasing your physical activity can also have a positive impact on your health. If you're healthy enough for physical activity, finding time to do physical activities is a great use of extra time. You may not have a gym at home, and that's fine. It's not necessary. There are plenty of exercises that you can do using your own body weight or objects around the house. Also, you can go on walks and perhaps even jog or run depending on what type of shape you're in. It doesn't have to be anything too extraordinary. You could start by just making time to go on a walk every day. Find a time of day that works for you. As you get in the swing of that, you may find that you want to build on it because it feels good. There are so many resources online for exercises that you can do at home with or without equipment. Build on habits you can maintain regularly. If you know you will be able to walk most days after dinner or breakfast, start with that. I would caution you, however, to be sure that you are healthy enough for exercise, progress slowly (don't try to do too much too soon or quickly), and use proper technique in an attempt to reduce your risk for injury. Be safe any time you're trying something new. Listen to your body.
I say all of this to say, your health is largely in your hands. Treat your body well. Feed it nutritious food and keep it active. Many of the chronic diseases that we've grown numb to seeing like diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity are largely preventable. How? It's in how we treat our bodies. Feed your body whole food, the way food is intended to be eaten. Avoid highly processed food, which contain little to no whole food ingredients and is typically high in sodium, salt, and fat. Eating food like that results in inflammation which chronically, leads to diseases that are largely preventable. Why have diseases that you do not have to have? Why take medications that you otherwise would not have to take? Life is hard enough without those issues. Take control of what you can. You can control what you eat. You can control your physical activity if you're able-bodied. Take care of yourself, please. Live your life to the fullest.
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