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During the pandemic we enjoyed hosted live social media sessions to answer questions on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle to help manage the stresses and strains of the life-changing impact of living in a socially distanced manner.
It’s my early morning dog walk in the park, which I feel has had a real impact in allowing me to sit down to a busy day ahead with a clearer head.
Research has shown that during lockdown there has been an increase in families eating more home cooked food, which is generally lower in salt, saturated fat and excess calories. There has also been an increase in families eating together and this has many nutritional and mental health benefits. When you eat together you eat more slowly and that stops you from eating too much. Eating together helps children develop social skills, improves self-esteem, and promotes healthy eating habits.
There have been some interesting findings from the ZOE Covid symptom study – a collaboration between health science company ZOE and Kings College, London. The study reports that on average people increased their sleep during lockdown by 70 mins; rather amazingly this resulted in a 10g decrease in daily sugar consumption.
We should aim to drink 6-8 glasses of fluid each day, it can be harder in winter but remember that this includes tea, coffee and other hot drinks. Alcoholic drinks do not count and in fact may lead to dehydration. Interestingly, during the pandemic although the frequency of alcoholic drinks consumed increased, the amount consumed overall actually decreased. When you return to the workplace, try to keep up the liquid intake- fill a reusable water bottle and keep it on your desk, Or as movement is as crucial as hydration to productivity, use it as an opportunity to incorporate extra exercise into your day by regularly walks to refresh your glass of water.
It’s my veg box, which I love not only because it reduces food waste, transport and
packaging but also because it means that I try new recipes and as a family we are eating a wider variety of veg.”
5. managing stress
We hope you feel motivated to carry on with healthy habits once lockdown ends.
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