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Trapped. No You’re Not

We used to do things certain ways. Now we can’t. Don’t be scared.

Updated 10/2020

If a person has never considered options in how to spend their time, the current state of affairs forcing change in our usual routine may seem overwhelming.

Granted, we would never call this pandemic situation a good thing. BUT…as it’s out of our control (we didn’t choose it), we might as well make the best of it and make choices that ARE in our control. Here goes:

  1. If you have picked up time from no longer having a commute, don’t let that time get sucked up without intention. It may have been a 10 minute walk to public transportation or an hour (or whatever) in the car. That time, morning and night, is now for exercise, cooking, thinking, reading – you name it. Make a list of things you have said you want to do. Take the exact same time you used to commute and do that new thing. Twice a day. Once the situation changes again, things could change again, but for now, do this.
  2. If you used to eat out all the time and find yourself touring the kitchen, take a few hours to organize it so it’s a fun place to be. Make a coffee station. Put your dinner plates and silverware in the easiest spot to set the table. Go through your pantry and fridge to see what you have, find recipes, and cook it like a boss.balanced eating plant based
  3. Rethink how you think about – and choose – food. Fresh, canned, frozen, dried. Five food groups. Of course we want items that don’t have extra sugar or salt where it’s really not needed. Eating to support your health goals can be brought back to the top of the list of priorities. Stocking up isn’t about the pandemic. It’s about balanced, yummy meals that are super easy, nutritious, and delicious. #winwinwin
  4. Wash your hands.  It’s so easy and effective, it’s almost ridiculous that you wouldn’t.

By Kim Kirchherr

I am a dietitian working in food and fiber (agriculture) through retail, addressing opportunities to make things better for people and planet.