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If you are quarantined or under a stay at home order, it can be challenging to stay healthy. Here are my 7 clean eating tips to help under these new circumstances.
Eating Healthy & Staying Healthy
With this new virus that we’re all trying to avoid, many of us are under new rules to stay at home or shelter at home. My husband and I have been self-isolating since March 15th, and under mandatory shelter at home orders in our California county since March 18th.
During this short time, life has completely changed for nearly all of us. No longer is it safe to be out in public like we used to, and some of us can’t even find the things we need at stores when we do go out. Stay updated on the latest virus news.
Thankfully, there are resources and methods to help us all continue eating well. Here are the clean eating tips I’ve come up with since sheltering at home. I hope that you find these helpful and, most of all, that you stay healthy and safe.
Tips to Help Eat Healthfully
1. Lower your refrigerator temperature
Most of us have our refrigerators set anywhere from 37°F to 40°F. But, when you’re trying to keep your fresh produce as long as possible, it’s not a bad idea to drop the temperature to 35° or 36°F.
I wouldn’t go any lower than 35°F, for fear of freezing your produce, but dropping the temperature a few degrees can help you extend the life of your greens and other vegetables by a couple of days or more.
2. Learn how to cook frozen vegetables
Did you know that frozen and canned produce can be as healthy as fresh produce? If you were lucky enough to snag a few bags of frozen vegetables before it all got sold out, it’s time to learn how to cook those frozen veggies.
3. Use your pantry staples
You know all of those items you bought on sale or bought because of a “what if” scenario? Well, the time has come to start going through your pantry and using what you have on hand.
It can be disconcerting if you start to run out of your favorites foods or staples, but this is also an opportunity to use what you have, discover new recipes, and do some spring cleaning. See my tips for how to stock a sugar-free pantry.
4. Consider grocery delivery
Since grocery shopping may or not be safe for some people right now, you may need to rely on grocery delivery. Thankfully, there are tons of companies that deliver healthy ingredients, including meats, seafood, frozen fruit, and more.
For fresh produce and other items that need to be sourced locally, you can hire someone where you live to do your shopping. My pet-sitter is currently doing my grocery shopping since my husband is considered high-risk. She is happy because she is getting paid and doing us a favor, and I’m happy that we don’t have to have the risk of going out.
Some communities also have free resources for deliveries to seniors and other vulnerable populations.
5. Order online when possible
For other foods, supplements, or other clean eating items that you would normally go to the store to get, consider ordering online if possible. While there are a lot of shortages of essential items, you can still try to find what you need online, as opposed to going outside your home.
6. Consider healthy take-out
While many restaurants have to close their dining rooms right now, a lot of them are offering take-out. If you have a restaurant you love and want to support during this tough time, consider ordering take-out from them. You do need to be careful with any boxes, bags, or packages that come with the take-out. Learn more.
7. Learn to prepare different foods
My last tips for clean eating during these stay at home orders is to learn how to prepare some different foods based on what you have on hand. Don’t be afraid to search online for recipes using whatever ingredients you have. Hopefully, you will find something new and delicious that you never would have thought to make before!
Lastly, I would just like to send you my sincere wishes that you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe during this very stressful time.