|“To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to|
keep our mind strong and clear”.
The last two weeks has been a real test of willpower. Albeit you have been making frequent trips to the fridge and cabinets for food and perhaps drinking more cups of tea than usual🤷🏾♀️. Well, that’s to be expected isn’t it? Afterall, we have been confined to our homes for the past two weeks. So, what’s really in your fridge? Dairy, (eggs, milk, butter, yoghurt cheese) perhaps some meat, soft drinks and juice? Maybe chocolate, beer and some pudding? Nothing unusual there right? These are all foods that some of us eat on a weekly basis. However, it’s how and what we are preparing to eat, and the quantity we use per serving that really matters.
Now that we are spending more time at home, and having to prepare more meals for the family, maybe it’s time that we think about what we eat and how we prepare it, i.e less olive oil, salt, sugar, butter? Can we substitute these products with others, I.e. coconut oil, oat milk, honey? There is so much information out there about healthy eating, fitness and wellbeing which is a great motivation to become a healthier version of yourself.
Many of you might have already settled into the ‘new norm’ and perhaps started to plan for the months ahead. Given that restaurants are closed including many take away outlets, we are obliged to prepare our own meals. This is a great incentive for us to eat healthy. However, for those of you who need a bit more encouragement, I challenge you to prepare a nutrition and exercise plan. Do your research. Join one of the thousands of online fitness classes. However, you must set realistic targets for yourselves. Week by week start substituting some of your unhealthy foods for a healthier option. Set a time in the morning or any point in the day, where you can do some aerobic activity. The government recommended guidelines is at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week. The more we get into the habit of combining our nutrition and fitness, this too will become our ‘new norm’