A couple of simple suggestions, if you have a freezer, freeze what you can that is leftover and you really can’t stomach eating the next day. Put your taste buds on hold, tell them to shut the trash up, and eat what you got if you feel bored or deprived. Will power rules in tough times.
Make the best use of food during lockdown
Eat your perishables first and don’t waste them. Lightly cook the fresh fruits and vegetables that are about to get rooted and freeze them.
For instance, if you have celery and other fresh things? Cut them into inch-long chunks. Lightly steam them and vacuum seal them if you have any way to do so or at least bag them and freeze, you can add them to rice, stew and over pasta later.
I take a handful of veggies out of the freezer, toss them in my steamer since I don’t like the texture of microwaved foods, get them just heated up. Then toss them into warm spaghetti sauce that I then pour over pasta. Nope, it’s not just for spaghetti noodles. It’s great over any noodle.
Toss on some unusual spices when things get boring. I keep a full spice shelf and if my husband’s favorite salt and pepper taste is getting old I try some Cajun, Greek, or any of a half dozen other pre-mixed spices I have. I ignore standard convention and try flavorings that aren’t normally used. Surprising how good some of those non-traditional mixes can be.
Word of warning. Dried beans taste like beans. I don’t care what you add to them. Only a very strong barbeque seems to mask/change the taste of … beans. Tomato sauce helps, barbeque sauce helps, very very hot and spicy or sweet helps but, in the end it all still tastes like beans.
The above is your real question. Applies everywhere, no matter when where or why.
The answer is simple – soups, simple homemade breads, and the like where you can, lots of home cooking with simple meals you can change the flavors of from day to day, get and use basic ingredients and spices.
Supplement yourself with fresh greens-that are locally grown in your lawn or garden if possible, and lessen the use of costly remotely sourced items.
Do include some meats and beans and grains but minimize them when you can, and combine with the soups and use every bit of meat, fats, greases, and even boil the bones into your soups for the maximum nutritional value, throw out NOTHING that is still edible find a way to eat it…
More Ways when you have limited food during lock-down
As you put together your menu for the duration remember a few things.
Proteins should be consumed early in the day to provide energy. Carbohydrates should also be eaten early and midway through your day to get the best benefit from them. Vegetables, fruits, and other foods that digest slowly should be eaten later in the day to avoid nighttime hunger.
If you have reserves of Body fat you can encourage your body to use them through a few simple steps. First drink an appropriate amount of water. If you use imperial measures this should be a number of fluid ounces equal to half your body weight in pounds. (i.e., if you weigh 120 pounds drink 60 ounces of water a day).
If you use a metric, it should be 30 ml for every kg of your weight. Add a couple of tablespoons of lemon or lime juice to the water. The citrus juice acts as an antioxidant to remove toxins from stored body fat and the water helps flush the toxins from your system.
Add in 15 minutes of aerobic exercise every few hours and avoid carbohydrates 3 out of every four days. This stimulates the production of ketones in your bloodstream. Ketones harvest fat and deliver it to muscles as fuel.
Eat your daily rations as multiple small meals or snacks rather than a few large ones. This keeps hunger away and encourages your body to use what it has without trying to build fat stores.
You will digest your food more thoroughly, thus getting the maximum benefit from every bit of it. Drink your water between meals, not with them.
Finally, if you can, you should consume one tablespoon of Olive oil every morning and afternoon. You can add it to your food or simply swallow it. This provides essential lipids that protect your heart, joints, and organs. Combined with mild exercise they prevent your body from harvesting calories from important organs an essential bodily tissues.
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