Healthy eating is essential to good health and well-being. Healthy eating helps us to maintain a healthy weight and reduces our risk of developing some risk factors and chronic conditions, like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
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Eating regularly can help you to feel your best. Aim to eat something every 4-6 hours. Eating about every 4-6 hours can balance your blood sugar and give you sustained energy throughout the day.
Enjoy your food
Enjoy your food by making choices that reflect your taste, budget, culture and lifestyle. Think: flavour, comfort, satisfying. Preparing traditionally family recipes can also be comforting when practicing social distancing.
Be adventurous and try something new or keep it simple, it’s up to you! Whether you find yourself with more or less time on your hands, cooking can be a way to retreat from the chaos. Cooking can be both relaxing and a practice to take pride in knowing you prepared food for yourself and/or your family.
Make the most of what you have on hand. Get creative and use up what food you may already have on hand to stretch your food dollar and limit trips to the grocery store! For ideas, simply Google some ingredients you have on hand or check out the following websites:
Make a grocery shopping plan
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is recommended to limit trips to the grocery store. If you can, shop local to support our Nova Scotian farming community. Involve family members and children and make a meal plan and shopping list the week before you order your groceries. Many stores will allow online ordering and curbside pickup or delivery. Keep food fresh while minimizing trips to the grocery store by choosing foods that stay fresh longer like root vegetables, cabbage, and apples, along with frozen and canned vegetables.
Try these steps to help you be prepared:
Eat with others
Just because we can’t physically be together, doesn’t mean we have to eat alone! Have a breakfast date with a neighbor over the phone, try a new recipe with a family member or host a family dinner online! Enjoying a meal with others is a great way to stay connected and enjoy your food.
Find more resources to support health eating selected and reviewed by healthcare professionals with Primary Health Care's Community Health Teams here.