For years we have been advised to keep a stocked pantry, cook and eat together as It is better for our overall health and building relationships with our loved ones. Living in lockdown has forced us to now do exactly that.

COVID-19 is now causing heightened anxiety worldwide. News and social media channels are providing daily updates about the latest outbreaks and mortality rates.  Many people are worried and fearful and it would seem that the anxiety is spreading more rapidly than the virus itself. This is a dynamic and uncertain situation but we need to try and remain calm and work together.

Mari Coertze from Institute of Aesthetic Options in Umhlanga says your immune system also responds to your psychological and emotional health, the healthier you are, the better your immune system. She recommends trying out these tips on how to stay healthy at home:

  • Make sure your information is coming from a valid source
  • You may hear this all the time, please wash your hands
  • If you haven’t heard it yet, don’t eat with your hands
  • Be considerate of others and do not stockpile
  • Don’t let anxiety take over
  • Do not double dip!

Bulk buying right now is not something we recommend people do but, it is important to keep your cupboard stocked with nutritious food. The importance of a good diet is vital for health. Keep good hygiene in the kitchen and wash the food thoroughly. Make sure you have:

  • As always, variety of colour
  • Freezer foods like frozen fruits and vegetables
  • Canned food (easy to turn a can of beans into a meal)
  • Rice and pasta
  • Bread (keep it in the freezer)
  • Don’t go skimping on any food groups – protein is still very important for the diet and overall function of the body
  • Focus on whole foods and minimize processed foods
  • Cook with garlic and onion
  • Prepare large batches of freezer friendly foods – pick a day and involve the whole family in making batches of different dishes
  • Hit up the cereal aisle. Dry cereals are high in fibre and fortified with vitamins and minerals

So what can you do to ensure you and your family stay fit and well during lockdown?You are not completely cut off from exercising and breathing fresh air.

  • Get up on your feet at least once every hour
  • Take a stroll in the garden
  • Climb the stairs
  • Walk briskly until you feel a little warmer and your breathing rate rises slightly
  • A backpack filled with books can act like a weighted vest … climb the stairs with it and do lunges, squats or push-ups
  • AB challenge with a family member while the kettle is boiling
  • Online trainers are a great way to get moving with some professional help

Take good care of yourself, let’s not panic, be thoughtful!