You’ve probably seen those memes on social media poking fun at how people will look after the lockdown due to overeating. We admit it, some of them are funny but they hit a little too close to home to ignore. Your health is your wealth, and we care about your wellbeing.

Here are a few clever things you can do to curb overeating during the lockdown so that you can increase your chances of coming out healthier and happier on the other side of this pandemic.

Eat smart

A healthy diet is arguably more important now that ever. So make an effort to have balanced meals.

  • Don’t eat at your desk or workspace. Eat at the dining table or in the living room so that you can see what you are eating.
  • Avoid “eating your feelings”. If you are feeling stressed and anxious, know that it is not uncommon and it does not make you weak. Reach out to a friend or family member. You can also contact the South African Depression and Anxiety Group. They have trained professionals who can help you work through this trying time healthily.

Snack even smarter

  • Don’t eat snacks straight from the packet or box. Putting your food on a plate or in a bowl gives you a reality check and gives you more control of how much you want to eat.
  • Choose healthier snacks. Have you tried these guilt-free alternatives to classic chocolate?

Give the kitchen a break

Try other activities to have fun at home apart from trying new recipes. It might save you money too as you no longer buy ingredients you would have otherwise not bought.

Explore arts and crafts, create a bucket list for things you want to fix around the home and actually do them. You can also learn another new skill or finish all the Multiply activities you can do from home, like completing your questionnaires or upload your safety validations.

Have a look at this post on weekend activities suitable for those living alone or with other people. You might just find something interesting you haven’t tried before.