Healthy eating during the COVID-19 pandemic: Your eating habits

Healthy eating is more than the foods you eat. It is also about where, when, why and how you eat.

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Mindful eating during the COVID-19 pandemic

There is a lot going on right now, and you might notice a change in your eating habits as a result. Being mindful can help you be more conscious of the food you are eating and your habits.

Take time to eat

By practising physical distancing, you may be spending a lot more time at home than you usually do. Even though your routine has changed, remember to take time to eat:

Notice when you are hungry and when you are full

Many things can influence when you feel hungry. This can include:

Eating when you are not really hungry may be linked to overeating. Pay attention to your hunger cues and ask yourself if you are really hungry before eating.

Eating with others during the COVID-19 pandemic

Eating meals with others is part of healthy eating. Even though physical distancing limits your contact with others, you can still spend mealtimes with the people you live with.

Eat meals with your family or roommates

Enjoying healthy foods with the people you are social distancing with is a great way to:

Living alone or self-isolating

If you live alone or are self-isolating, preparing and sitting down to eat a meal by yourself can feel lonely. Try these ideas to keep it enjoyable:

Cooking with others during the COVID-19 pandemic

Involving other people in your household in planning and preparing meals can help nurture healthy eating habits.

Use this time you have at home with your kids to involve them in planning and preparing meals. This will help them develop important food skills and learn more about the importance of healthy eating.

Always follow safe food preparation methods, however, if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19:


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