Along with fitness, nutrition and healthy eating are expected to be a focus for 2021.
“Keep it in context and do the best that you can do in your situation. So, if you need to buy frozen, great. oftentimes vegetables are flash-frozen and they’re just as good if not better than fresh,” said integrative dietitian nutritionist, Monique Richard who owns Nutrition-In-Sight. “If you can’t afford that- canned is an option. you can rinse, you can buy the lower sodium version.”
Richard always suggests adding more fruits and vegetables into your diet and focusing on a variety of vitamins like A, D, C, K, magnesium, and zinc.
“We want to support our immune system,” Richard said. “We don’t want to ‘boost it’ because we can overact it as well. So, we really want to support our immune system and that is going to be good nutrition through and through.”
She also suggests adding specialty mushrooms, green and red bell peppers, scallions, apples, green tea, dried beans and nut butters into your diet.
“It doesn’t matter how big or how small. It just needs to be meaningful for you that way you can sustain it and you can do it throughout the year,” Richard said.
Throughout the pandemic, she has worked with a lot of people who have been “stress eating.”
“If you don’t know how to manage stress without something like food or a comfort that’s harming you or can harm you…[I suggest] learning about stress or seeing a therapist,” said Richard.