While we are self-quarantining ourselves in this recent lockdown, our lifestyle has changed in every possible way. Even though it is easing out in phases, it’s not going to be the way it used to for a while. The lockdown had brought a lot of stress, anxiety and even boredom to many, making then turn to eat for some relief. I have my social media feed with people, trying to experiment with innovative healthy recipes at home. Also, there are many who found their luxury in all things we categorise as not so healthy or junk. Such an unhealthy diet along with limited physical movement and lounging all day is not good for our health.
The unlock quarantine Indians need to understand the HOWs of restarting it the right way. For this, we must bring in changes to our eating routine. So, today I am sharing 3 smart tips to craft the perfect diet which always help me stick to it.
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The current unprecedented pandemic is taking a toll on our overall health and well-being and we can’t deny the fact that it drains us over time. And we would not want this drain to come on our health insurance now, would we?
Though it is super easy to pick that pack of chips or your favourite cookies off the stores we should understand that this kind of unhealthy snacking is threatening to aggravate risk factors for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such, as obesity, heart diseases, cancers, diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease. These NCDs account for around 61.8% in 2016, compared to 37.9% in 1990, of all deaths in India.
How to Change and craft a perfect diet?
The Hows of crafting the perfect diet is easy and sticking to it in India during these tough times need not be too hard. Here are some tips:
1. Stock your shelves with healthy alternative food
First smart tips to craft the perfect diet and stick to it would be stocking your refrigerators and cupboards with healthy foods items. This would help resist the temptation to eat junk when you look for a snack. So next time, when you go to grab a quick snack, you would automatically eat something healthier.
So, think wisely and stock your shelves with perfect healthy diet alternatives. E.g. choose a pack of popcorn instead of potato chips, a cup of yoghurt instead of frozen desserts or fruit instead of a cookie or cupcake.
2. Plan the menu in advance for healthy eating
Planning the menu in advance not only helps you use up the items you already have but also reduces the number of trips to the grocery store. I am sure it is something we all would like to avoid. Also, planning a menu would help to stick to a healthy eating routine during the quarantine. Just try eating meals at the same time every day and if you are not hungry for a full meal, just eat a small snack to maintain your timetable.
Consider it as an opportunity to open up to some healthy changes, craft a perfect diet and stick to it. You may start by eating more whole foods, reducing processed foods, and including more fresh fruits and vegetables in our diet.
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3. Take professional help and design your perfect healthy diet
If you are struggling to stick to your diet, start maintaining a food diary. Record everything you eat for a few days; this can really increase your awareness of what you are eating. The next step would be to identify why you are eating and what you are eating. In case it is because of boredom you are eating, make a list of some fun activities to pass the time and try them. If it is stress eating, talk to someone close about it.
Please remember, we all are in this together, it is a tough time for all of us, staying healthy and frequently talking to family members or friends would help us stay strong. Lastly, do not shy away from seeking professional help if required.
When we are switching to no contact deliveries, schools/official meetings/insurance policy issuance/launch events are coming home online, taking medical advice is also available online. ICICI Lombard who is a market leader when it comes to health insurance also believes in changing with times. They have recently introduced the Take Care app that has dieticians and nutritionists available online for a chat. The app helps provide diet/nutrition consultation for weight gain/loss and even stress management. They help motivate you in crafting the perfect diet and sticking to it. So, if you are finding it hard to eat healthily, try these smart tips for crafting a perfect diet and #RestartRight, download the app and try it today!
 (According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) report: India – Health of the Nation’s States 2018)PS: The Take Care app can be easily accessed by using your policy number and password. If you do not have the details, buy ICICI Lombard’s complete health insurance plan that gives you a host of benefits like access to the app, COVID coverage, coverage for family members, etc. For more deets, check this
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