5 Iso Diet Tips for a Healthy Immune System
With so many of us spending more time at home than ever before, the last thing we want to do is start carelessly eating the wrong foods. Good nutrition is crucial for health, particularly in times when the immune system might need to fight back. Since we’re still looking at a few weeks (if not months) of change to our normal daily routine, we thought we’d share our tips on how you can be in control of your diet and boost your immune system whilst in isolation.
Go Back to Meal Prepping
Working at home is no reason why you shouldn’t still be preparing your work meals. Are you finding yourself crashing at 1pm and walking to the kitchen for a pick me up? Whether you prepare your meals at the start of the week or daily, keeping the focus on what you will eat at what time, rather than what you could eat will help you keep your calorie intake controlled. Plus, a bit of meal planning will help you minimize food wastage and keep costs down! It’s a win, win.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
It’s well known that one of the most significant predictors of food intake is availability. Is your home office near your kitchen? And if so, can you move your desk elsewhere? Alternatively, have you got food on your home office desk that’s just sitting there? If you have tempting foods in sight or within easy reach, you will feel tempted to eat them multiple times per day! To keep your weight under control whilst in isolation, think about clearing out your desk, keeping minimal extras at home, and putting the tempting foods at the back of the kitchen cupboards.
Herbal Tea is Your New Best Friend
Psychologists say that maximum productivity is achieved in time allocations of 50-55 minutes of work, and 5 minutes rest. Use that 5 minutes to make yourself a herbal tea. They’re low in calories, have lots of antioxidants, will keep you hydrated and will allow you to reset your mind to smash out another 50 minutes of quality work!
Lighten Up Your Recipes
Is your IG newsfeed flooded with home-made banana bread? Or is that just us?
Spending more time at home means that we also have alot more time to cook. This is great from a nutritional perspective, but we want to make sure we’re consciously choosing recipes that aren’t so calorie dense and high in fat. Think about swapping out spaghetti for zucchini noodles, pumpkin mash instead of potato mash, you get the point.
The reality is, if we’re spending more time sitting down and our exercise is reduced, we are unlikely to need to snack in between meals. Try to focus on three meals per day, and if you really need to snack, choose filling foods with minimal calories like raw vegetables, berries and nuts.
Do you have diet tips that you’ve picked up while in isolation? We’d love to see them. Tag us in your diet, health and nutrition stories on IG at @plc_online.