The coronavirus pandemic has definitely changed our lives, including our eating habits. In the recent years, more people have decided to take the path to mindful eating since more healthy food options became available on the market. But things changed when the outbreak and the lockdowns started. More people have turned to instant and processed foods for convenience due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19.
Shopping habits have definitely shifted ever since the outbreak became a serious problem. Due to stay-at-home orders, countless jobs have been lost and money has become tight in most households. And because of this, many people are opting to prioritize foods with long shelf lives on their shopping lists. However, experts have advised that people should still focus on putting healthy food options on their table so as not to open the doors to another potential epidemic.
Last month, experts discussed how social distancing and the need for isolation have caused many people to suffer mental health issues. Aside from COVID-19 patients who could suffer post-traumatic disorder and depression, frontliners were also found to be at risk of experiencing mental health problems. Psychologists have also indicated that the quarantine period is stressful for everyone and so no one is safe from the ill effects of the pandemic on brain health. This is where eating healthy comes in.
Several studies have already shown that eating healthy does not only promote healthier waistlines, it also improves people’s mood and behavior. The food that people eat actually influence their state of mind and so many experts advocate healthy eating during the coronavirus pandemic because this is one way of mitigating the depression epidemic that might ensue in light of the lockdowns.
So what are the food items that people should prioritize on their shopping list during the pandemic? Research has found that fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, fish, beans and olive oil can lower depression risks and improve moods and behavior.
For people who are following the Mediterranean diet, they don’t need to worry about developing mental health problems. Studies have shown that the Mediterranean diet is the best diet linked to a lower risk of depression. This is because the food options in this diet have been proven to benefit the brain. Meanwhile, other diets rich in carbohydrates, red meat and high-fat dairy have the opposite effect.