Author: Renu Puri
Have you heard of the term “burnout” before, or is this your first time? Well, burnout symptoms encompass an emotional or mental state of exhaustion, which is caused mainly due to prolonged stress. If you are too emotionally drained out or unable to meet your constant demands, you will feel burnt out. You know where we’re going, right?
With COVID taking a toll on our lives, people are feeling burnt out more than usual. This work-from-home scenario is too much to take, especially when you were used to visiting office premises five days a week! The stress of not living a normal life can also cause burnout. So you need to work in some ways, which will help you to keep burnout at bay!
When people feel emotionally distressed, they always move towards junk food to ease out the pain a bit. With this work-from-home scenario, you always feel like munching on something, even when you are not hungry! Now, that’s a devil in disguise! You don’t know how many calories you are taking in. Let us remind you that being overweight will also work as fuel to your burnout. So, you must start focusing on other ways, where you can use your hunger to good use and avoid adding calories to your diet plan!
What to look for before grabbing a bite
So, you are hungry (maybe not, who knows!). You saw some good food placed right in front of you and thought of getting a bite. Yes, they are easy to get as you need to open a pack and pour the content into your mouth. But are they healthy? The best way is to stay prepared before and not wait for the last-minute meal decision. If you can create a chart of what is best for your health beforehand, you can start arranging for the food accordingly.
What to get for snacks
Now, in between your main meals, you feel like the snack demon is haunting you. You need to get something in your tummy fast! What will be your options then? Planning for that bag of chips? Hell, no! Let us guide you through some healthy alternatives.
Purpose of single bowl meals
We would suggest you go for single-bowl meals during this lockdown as well. Want to know why? You can always try and add some different ingredients in a bowl and try fusion meals for a change. You never know, but you might like it more. You can try out new dishes every day and don’t have to go for the conventional daal chawal all the time.
Want to know the best part? You don’t have to clean multiple utensils once you are done cooking and eating! Just a bowl and that’s it! You are done for good.
Try out batch cooking for a change
If you are too emotionally stressed out because of the lockdown, then try cooking with your near and dear ones! Maybe it will invoke a new feeling, that you haven’t felt before! Why not try out batch cooking and meal prepping with them? Batch cooking helps you to save some time and cook meals faster. Now the real question is how to prepare for it! Let us tell you some secrets.
Be sure to maintain hygiene all the time
Whether you are preparing meals for just a person or your entire family, you have to maintain hygiene. There is no second option to that, especially with this pandemic. So, here are some sanitization tricks to follow, every time you are in the kitchen.
How can food help create a positive mindset
Everyone loves to get praise, especially when they are down. If you know you can cook well, then why not feed your family and get some “wow” in return?
Remember that cooking is not the end of it. A perfect presentation can also uplift your mind every time you see your creation.
You can try making simple accompaniments like chutneys and salads to go with the main meal. That will make your kids happy! Make sure to wash your dish every time before serving food, and even before reserving any dish. Try sprinkling some finely chopped coriander on top of your dish to make it pop out a bit. You can also use dried herbs like Kasuri methi for the same!
Let’s talk about a perfect balanced diet chart
You might be a bit confused now regarding the kind of meal chart you should follow. Let me remind you that meal charts are subject to differ from one person to another. But, we can share some of the basic needs for you to try!
You can take haldi water, dhaniya water, methi water and kari patta water whenever you can. Each one of them has antibiotic, body cleansing, and antioxidant features.
For your breakfast, you can add some of the simple dishes on your table. Those are:
You have so many healthy options right in front of you when you are thinking about lunch! You can try having Roti with veggies and salad or can opt for brown rice with dal. Some prefer idli or plain dosa with sambar as an alternative. For some meat on your plate, you can go for chicken salad with sautéed vegetables!
After a fulfilling lunch, now it is time to focus towards your evening tea. You can have your tea accompanied by some murmura chat or some biscuits. If you are hungry, go for dhokla, hung curd with fruits, sprouts chaat, or even mix seeds for a change.
For dinner, we suggest soup first. It can be anything from clear chicken soup to vegetable or tomato soup. Then you can have roasted or grilled chicken with some vegetables. If you are not into meat, paneer will be a great alternative to cover your dinner time. Don’t make it too heavy!
The final say
So, what have we learned today? Always preempt the unwanted hunger pangs. Try out batch cooking for some relaxing time with your family. Watch out for your hygiene and always focus on the essentials. Staying fit in this pandemic is rightfully in your hands. So, you need to try your best to maintain a healthy lifestyle and don’t let COVID bother you much!
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