With many of us spending more time at home, there are more temptations surrounding us. Life as we know it has been disrupted for the time being, and we all cope with it in different ways. With our schedules thrown off as well as eating and sleeping patterns. We are less likely to eat for hunger and more likely to eat due to stress and boredom. In addition, we are closer to the fridge and pantry which can add to temptations. 

Here are a few ways to help keep you mindful of your eating and movement. These tips can help you to avoid gaining weight during quarantine and help restore order and routine.

  1. Create a schedule and stick to it. If you usually eat every three hours, plan out your meals the night before. By having your meals and snacks prepared as well as a scheduled eating time. You are less likely to wander around the kitchen and mindlessly eat.
  2. Keep yourself accountable by logging your food. You can do this in a food journal, or with an app like MyFitness pal. This way you are able to see and be more aware of what you are eating throughout the day. In doing so it can help you to continue achieving your health and wellness goals during quarantine.
  3. Be mindful when grocery shopping. Don’t go to the grocery store on an empty stomach, and make sure that you have a list. Going to the grocery store hungry and without a plan, you are more likely to fill the cart with junk. By planning your meals and writing out a grocery list you can eliminate buying unwanted temptations.
  4. Portion out your snacks. When you portion out your snacks you are less likely to overindulge. If you are eating nuts, make sure you portion them out and put them in a dish. This will help prevent from overeating.
  5. Make sure you are drinking your water. Staying hydrated can help you to be more aware throughout the day if you are really hungry or not. If you feel hungry drink a glass of water and wait a bit, to see if you are actually hungry. 
  6. Get up and move throughout the day. With most of us working from home, we are sitting more and less active. Try moving your body for 20-30 minutes each day. If motivation is lacking, try a new workout video on YouTube, a fitness app, or simply just going on a walk.
  7. Practice mindful eating. As you eat each meal throughout the day, sit down and enjoy it. Take time to chew and savor what you are eating, this can help to avoid overeating. By not rushing and slowing down, you are more mindful of when you are full and know when to stop eating.