Covid-19 Is keeping everyone at home so I got in touch with Valerie Bercier who is a Registered Dietitian and Health Coach to get some tips and tricks that we can do now to start or continue to live a little healthier. The number one thing that you should be doing right now Valerie says is drink your water. I know that we hear this all the time but it’s true. Valerie recommends that we drink at least half of your body weight in water. If you are one that likes to add thinks like crystal light or another add Valerie says that it’s ok to add just make sure that you are not adding to much sugar.
Another Good idea is adding more Nutrient dense food that will provide your body with more than just calories. That means more fruits and veggies. You can add fresh or frozen Veggies to at least two meals a day and if you are having your children participate, they will more than likely want to try it if they have a hand in making the food. Another good idea adding some fruit into a smoothie.
Moving your body is always important but more so now. Valerie's recommendation is to more for at least 10 min a day. You can start scheduling it into your day and have it become your new routine. Climbing up and down your stairs a few times a day, go to the park and walk the trails, walk the neighborhood or play in the yard with your kids. It is so important to get everyone involved in this new normal. Along with moving your body you need to have a clean and clutter free space to help stay stress free.
Now is the best time to start your spring cleaning. You can get your kids to go through all of their clothes and make sure that they all still fit, they can also go through their toys. Just take this time to get to all of the little things that you have been putting off. Going along with all of these things we should always be practicing mindful gratitude. With that we mean that you should always have something to be thankful for.
Yes, you may be out of work but now you have time to spend with your children. If you don’t have children then you have a home to come home to or the time to get to the things that you may not otherwise have the time to do. A good idea as well is to be grateful for your family, take this time call/Facetime or even write a letter to someone that you haven’t talked to in a while.
Above all like everyone is saying make sure you are washing your hands, only going out if you have to get an essential item that you cannot live without and please be safe and smart. All of us here at the Muskegon Channel are thinking about you all.