Following our enforced changes to school and work over April and May this year, many people have had to adapt to the way they approach their everyday by achieving routines in sleeping, exercise, eating and work habits. Many students and staff had some positive experiences during this time which has impacted positively on their wellbeing. These “new” habits can quickly be lost as we move back into our old routines, so it is a great time to sit down and think over the best parts of being in lockdown, what made things better or more challenging for you?
- What would you like to keep from this time?
- What would you like to change?
- What would you like to start doing differently?
Many New Zealanders found a new passion in preparing food, with supermarkets running short of flour and baking products. Food is part of our everyday and is an area where small changes can benefit wellbeing through better nutrient intake, building confidence and a sense of achievement, as well as bonding with family and friends through the social interaction around food.
Some tips around food and wellbeing are listed below:
- Plan meals for the week and shop once to avoid extra trips to the supermarket.
- Involve your family – discuss who is making dinner during the week, which day, the ingredients, equipment and time required, do they need help
- Upgrade your recipes – look at some of your regular meals with a critical eye – how could you update or improve them?, could you reduce the fat, salt or sugar they contain?
- Plan for healthy quick food and snacks – almonds, celery and peanut butter/hummus, sushi, poke bowls, smoothie, baked potato
A quick meal idea
Preheat the oven to 200°C, cut a range of vegetables into bite sized pieces, place on a lined tray, drizzle with olive oil and season (salt and pepper) – bake for 20 minutes. Serve on their own or with a piece of fish, falafel, steak or chicken.