4 ways to control your eating during lockdown

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Keeping to your normal eating daily routine as much as possible during lockdown is important, says dietitian Mbali Mapholi.
4 ways to control your eating during lockdown

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The coronavirus pandemic is understandably causing a lot of stress and anxiety, and things may feel very uncertain right now. If you are dealing with an eating disorder, you might be concerned as to what to do when the problem arises. We spoke to a dietitian, Mbali Mapholi of Mbali Mapholi Inc on what you can do to deal with eating disorders during the lockdown, and below is what she said. You can control over eating. Picture: Supplied Adopt a routine Keeping to your normal eating daily routine as much as possible during lockdown is important. Ideally it is important to keep to a daily routine, which is all about living a life that feels good and is realistic to you. This helps take away the anxiety and distress that comes with uncertainty around food. Being stuck in a house with others can make the eating disorder 'rules' hard to maintain. Equally, if you are living alone, isolation can cause one to adopt destructive coping strategies. These factors make it harder than normal to stick to a normal routine. However, this is achievable when you develop a "new'' normal routine which is fitting for this time without stressing about things returning to the normal before the pandemic. In that way, you will be much kinder yourself and aim for more nourishment and fewer restrictions.

Plan your meals

Meal planning also helps us improve our eating behaviors. Plan all meals, know what you intend to eat at breakfast, lunch, and supper. In that way, you will make nourishing foods available in the house.

There are trigger foods, which once eaten can cause you to feel guilty. It is best to plan your meals to avoid such situations of guilt and be prepared for hunger and boredom better.

You can control over eating. Picture: Supplied

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