Bad nutritional habits and associated health problems such as weight gain or insomnia are common side effects of stressful times. The problem? Putting together wholesome meal plans for yourself is difficult if you’re also under immense stress or facing an uncertain future.
Because lousy nutrition can deplete our immune system — which is the opposite of what we need at this moment in history — it’s crucial to watch what we eat, favoring options like organic meals with nutritionally balanced ingredients.
You’re not in this alone: we’re here to help with six common ways our nutrition choices occasionally undermine our health.
1. Too Much Caffeine
It’s easy to overindulge in caffeine. Morning coffee is the routine of people around the world. With some of our mornings stretching into 12-hour shifts and others waking up at 3 pm, it’s safe to say everyone’s caffeine intake may be disproportionate to this new way of life.
When does caffeine help to motivate you? When does it make you jittery or anxious? Caffeine can significantly affect your sleep schedule, so try not to drink it within six or seven hours of bedtime.
How you take your coffee or tea is also important. The calories in milk and sugar add up quicker than you might expect. Before you know it, you’ve drunk the caloric equivalent of a Hershey’s bar! Try to switch to unsweetened tea or coffee, or choose milk with a lower calorie count. There are many decaffeinated or herbal teas out there; find one that rings your chimes and sip away.
2. Consuming Soda or Sugary Drinks
You won’t find soda as part of any wholesome meal plans.
For one thing, there can be nearly as much caffeine in soda as in a cup of coffee. Caffeine is a diuretic, meaning it dehydrates rather than hydrates your body. The high sugar content in many sodas also means a big crash is imminent in a few hours, and that kind of fluctuation can result in negative changes in mood or behavior.
Diet soda can also be detrimental, depending on the chemicals and artificial flavors used. While all things are welcomed in moderation, save the special sweet drinks for moments of celebration; otherwise, sip on carbonated water or seltzer instead. If you can’t give up juice, mix one part juice with three parts water or seltzer for a hint of flavor at a fraction of the caloric price.
It’s easy to let some good habits slip when confined to your apartment. For many of us, that means hydration can fall by the wayside. Dehydration is a real problem and can keep your body from repairing itself while you sleep. It can also lower your body’s natural immune defense. Get a water pitcher that purifies bad elements from your tap and stay away from bottled drinks if you can.
Los Angeles is a warm place, and sunstroke is no joke. Drinking enough water is critical during any outdoor activities. Keeping hydrated will also help your skin and voice so your TikTok career can soar!
4. Letting Stress Compound
Reducing stress can be as simple as a brief update to a gratitude journal at the end of every day or as time-intensive as a full-blown workout routine and regimented wholesome meal plan. There are many ways to reduce stress, including strengthening your bonds with friends and family (all it takes is a phone call!) or doing yoga for a few minutes a day. Meditation is also an immensely helpful tool to get your mind on track and help you make better choices.
Poor sleep can throw off even the most carefully designed health regimen. While all of us are going to have a little wobble, setting and sticking to a regular sleep schedule can do wonders for improving your day and helping you stay focused.
If you’re like most people, you take the time to thoroughly research the things you buy before laying down your hard-earned money: a house, a car, even a smartphone.
Despite the many diet books and cooking shows, however, some of us don’t take a good, long look at our nutritional needs.
The information we need is out there right now, though. We just have to find it. And once we find the general guideposts of the right dietary plan for us, optimum health may be closer than ever.
Take the Keto diet, for example. It checks off a number of “health” boxes, including:
- Supercharging the body’s fat-burning capabilities
- Distancing participants from the overly processed foods that can lead directly to metabolic syndrome
- Potentially aiding diabetics
… and more. If there’s a notable downside to Keto, it’s that meal planning and prep can take a long time. Of course, the right meal delivery service can help you with that ….
The approach you ultimately land on doesn’t have to be Keto. It could be more flexible, vegan, or something else entirely. The key, though, is to reserve the time to really examine which one may just work best for you!
6. Keeping Unhealthy Food Around the House
It can be challenging to keep unhealthy foods out of your pantry during a pandemic. People are rushing to buy many of the foods we thought of as health offenders before, like white rice, bread that lasts forever, and canned fruits in syrup — mostly because they keep well, and perhaps because that was all that the store had in stock.
Always heed professional advice and keep some food stocked in your pantry. You may also wish to look into a meal delivery service; the right one can be an invaluable tool for staying healthy. Getting meals shipped directly to your front door requires little to no preparation, and not having to worry can free up your thoughts and energy to pursue bigger things.
Avoiding such food traps is especially important if you’re following a plan that requires careful attention to detail, such as Keto or Paleo. Achieving your best requires planning at its best, which is where delivery meal plans can make the greatest difference.
7. Not Eating at Regular Times
Nowadays, it’s easy to graze throughout the day, picking up whatever snackable item is in reach. Carefully selecting your snacks can save you from the worst offenders when it comes to a little nibbling here and there. Do what you can to settle into a routine for eating. Sit down, enjoy your meal, and fully register that you’re eating.
Adding a little more pomp and circumstance may seem unnecessary, but give yourself a little fanfare. You’re doing something great for yourself by sticking to a schedule — and wholesome meal plans only work if you implement them and follow through!
Dream with Wholesome2Go
Every day is a new day, which poses unique challenges and unique ways to succeed. If you’ve succumbed to temptation or had that extra cup of coffee, forgive yourself and start over with renewed commitment to your goals.
Los Angeles is the city of dreams, and at Wholesome2Go, we’re proud to continue our dream of supporting our customers’ needs for fresh food and our community’s commitment to organic farming. We believe in transparency for all our ingredients, and you can find the full list of wholesome ingredients here. Almost all are sourced locally from Los Angeles or Orange County.
Our wholesome meal plans are available in options for either organic meals or sugar detox (suitable for very low-carb and keto diets). There are also flex plans available for those who want the freedom to choose what kind of meals they want and how many per day. We are always open for questions and consultations about specific dietary restrictions, so please contact Wholesome2Go. We’d love to hear from you!