The pandemic has bought into light the fact that eating right is the most important thing. But it has also become a challenge as everything has to be made at home plus there is office work, managing kids and other responsibilities. It is necessary to have regular family time and meals together. It should become a ritual.
This will ensure everyone carries out healthy eating, especially the kids. They can also learn about food on the dining table. Try keeping the meal times same for all days and push to make it regular so that the body gets adjusted to it and responds the way you want.
Assign small snack breaks job to kids so that they enjoy making a small meal like assembling a cheese sandwich or jam sandwich. It will take some responsibilities away from you and kids will learn something on the way.
You all can prepare a chart of the week’s family food plan, where everyone’s tastes can be taken into consideration and also the stock that’s available during the pandemic so there is no last minute planning or panic.
Try and incorporate more of easy to make food recipes. when you go out for grocery shopping buy more of fruits (kids can make fruit salads), peanut butter (peanut butter sandwich), whole grain crackers and cheese, fruits, milk etc. These turn out to be healthy, filling yet fun snacks that children love too. And the kitchen mess is less to clean afterwards.
Definitely include fibre in your diet so that there is no constipation problem in the house. There is a need to opt for a more plant based diet during this time as the non plant based products aren’t fresh during this time and take longer to digest. While working from home you need to keep the meals light so that you don’t fall asleep every now and then or feel lethargic throughout the day.
The family must practice some light yoga or home based exercises so that the digestion and flexibility remain intact.
You can add some supplements o your diet so that the family receives all the vitamins and minerals regularly and the immunity is high. It is necessary that neither does one eat too much, nor too less during this time. Stop eating when stomach is 80% full and teach the kids the same so that the gut health remains in good shape.