The Threat at Home During the Coronavirus Period: Corona 15
While we spend our days at home due to the coronavirus, one of the common fears that most of us feel, apart from the virus, is gaining weight in the process. Well, did you know that this fear has a name: Corona 15.
Most of us gain weight in high school from eating out more, saying more meals to the house, or being more inactive due to busy school. Now we are at home again, we are constantly eating or thinking about eating something and we act less: We are faced with Corona 15.
8 Ways to Avoid Corona 15
Plan your mealtimes. Set a certain time for your meals and snacks. If you're working from home, these times can change sometimes, but try to maintain your old routine or create a new routine and start working right away. Do not skip meals because you are busy. Apart from your eating times, also decide when to cook the food or what time you will not eat from in the evening.
Put everything on a plate and eat. Do not go to the kitchen frequently and take something from the refrigerator, shelf or package and do not eat with your hands or dip in the pot with a fork or spoon. Placing your food on a plate makes it easier for you to control your portion and stop yourself in time.
If you still feel hungry after eating your normal portion, wait a bit. Due to the stress, anxiety and boredom we experience due to the virus, you may feel like this and want to eat more even though you are not hungry. Do other things for 15-20 minutes. Meditate, call a friend and chat, or spend time watching an episode. If you still feel hungry, you can eat some more.
Do not forget to consume vegetables often. If you don't forget vegetables on your menus, you're less likely to fill the rest of your stomach with unhealthy meals and snacks. As you can consume fresh vegetables and fruits directly, apply your creativity by using them in soups, smoothies or sauces.
Search for healthy dessert recipes for your sweet needs. If you love sweets, you are even more at risk during this period, luckily, there are many healthy dessert recipes! Try @labvitalite's recipes like Bounty Bar, Chocolate Chip Buckwheat Muffin. Enjoy the happiness of having tried something new in your spare time, apart from getting your dessert.
Remember to drink water, avoid or limit caffeine and alcohol. We may even forget to drink water while working intensely. Therefore, have water with you right away. While working during the day, we may think of tea or coffee and alcohol to relax at night. Instead of drinking coffee several times a day, take advantage of a healthy herbal tea. You may think of resorting to alcohol due to stress, but stay away to get enough sleep, focus and avoid problems such as headaches.
Take advantage of the applications. There are many applications where you can record what you eat and the exercises you do. Thanks to these applications, keep track of the ideal eating plan for you, how many minutes you stay active per day, how many calories you have consumed in the last week, and more. MyFitnessPal, Weight Watchers are popular apps among such apps. If you don't want to use the app, turn a notebook into an eating diary.
Other than that, remember that this period is temporary. Remembering that this period will end sooner or later increases your stress level and makes your meals larger or unhealthy. Remind yourself and your loved ones often that you are in a temporary period. In this way, get rid of more stress and uncontrolled nutrition, strengthen your immune system with healthy foods, and renew your sluggish and low-spirited state with the energy that will come from your right food choices.
The views expressed in this article are written to shed light on alternative studies and to encourage conversation about these studies. Even if the articles contain the advice of physicians to some extent, they are for informational purposes only. This text; cannot replace professional medical advice, diagnosis and treatment.
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Aygen Ecevit completed her undergraduate education at Bilkent University with Philosophy Major and Communication Design Minor Programs. Ecevit, who started his career as a culture and art unit writer for the school newspaper and then as the editor of the culture and art unit, has prepared articles and interviews for many different online channels. After graduating from Bilkent University Media and Visual Studies Master's Program, she worked as a content editor, PR assistant and freelance editor. Ecevit, a member of the AICA International Association of Art Critics, has been working in the field of strategic content production and copywriting as one of the editors of Mağaza Creative since November 2019.