Dietitians offer ways to eat and shop smart during "stay-at-home" order
COLUMBIA -Dieticians know there are challenges when buying groceries and making meals at home during a statewide "stay-at-home" order.
The grocery stores are more likely to run out of animal protein such as chicken, beef, or fish. Jennifer Paet, an independent health coach, says she recommends healthy alternatives.
"Eggs is one," Paet said. "Beans and lentils would be another great choice to have."
Paet said another problem some people have is inexperience cooking for themselves at home.
"This time could be totally new for someone," Paet said. "Don't act like you have to be a world class chef. Cook something effective that can give you the essential nutrients and that is easy."
Paet said it's also important to not change your normal routine when having to work from home.
"Stick to a routine, wake up, get ready and set goals for yourself," Paet said. "You'll feel more motivated throughout the day."
Lisa Kinser, an integrated nutrition and lifestyle coach, said if you don't stick to a common schedule, there could be a problem with mindless eating.
"Ask yourself if you are actually hungry," Kinser said. "Are you just bored because you sitting down and doing nothing?"
If you stick to a schedule you may be able to curb some of those couch cravings.