9 tips for living a low carb lifestly in these special times.

Our world is changing rapidly by the minute, and you may suddenly be dealing with children who are home from school indefinitely, as well as working from home yourself. Although stress eating probably goes hand-in-hand with panic buying, it’s best if you can avoid doing both! It’s also important to keep your immunity strong at this time, which means staying hydrated, eating well-balanced nutritious meals featuring lots of colorful vegetables and adequate protein and getting enough sleep and exercise.

Here are my suggestions for continuing to live a low carb lifestyle while maintaining your waistline, your health and your sanity during these challenging times:

  • To start, you’ve probably already taken a hard look at what you have in your pantry and your fridge. This is also a great opportunity to spring clean your kitchen.

 

  • Next, make the most of your pantry staples, and start planning family-friendly meals such as taco bars and salad bars which can easily be modified for your low carb lifestyle.

 

  • If you haven’t already, learn to love your leftovers! Make extra of anything you cook so everyone has easy access to lunch options, and you can double any recipe that freezes well to lessen the nightly cooking duty.

 

  • The good news is that the wintry weather is beginning to lighten up. Take advantage of spring vegetables in season and the delicious recipes you can make with them.

 

  • Routine is key. In this time of uncertainty, establishing a schedule might help alleviate the stress levels for yourself and your kids. Set times for study and work hours and get them involved in planning meals, making menus, cooking and cleaning!

 

  • Get moving. Exercise is very important, as not only does it help compensate for any stress eating, it may help alleviate depression and is a nice distraction from 24-7 news updates. In addition, a little sunlight will provide some Vitamin D which can support your immunity. If at all possible, try to get outside for a run, hike or walk (practicing proper social distancing with anyone you may encounter, of course). If that is not an option, you can download exercise apps that provide workouts you can follow, as well as order equipment online such as resistance bands and kettlebells to pump up your at-home workouts.

 

  • Is there any silver lining out of all of this? Well, studies do show that eating together as a family may lead to healthier food choices and improved long-term physical and mental health. While we are experiencing a total change in our on-the-go lifestyles, maybe slowing down and doing our best to embrace this time with our families might also have its benefits.

 

  • Are you looking for new Atkins products but you prefer to stay inside? Look at one of the online stores to order your favorite Atkins products! 

 

We would love to hear your tips for how you’re living your low carb lifestyle, getting workouts in and creative shopping and recipe ideas! Let us know via our social channels!

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Posted by Linda O'Byrne
Atkins Nutritionist