How to Stay Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Many of our friends and patients have reached out to us for help with different struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic. So, we want to share some ways that all of us can stay physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually healthy during these unique times in our country.

With many states reopening and people on the move again, awareness and prevention are vital for staying healthy.

Warding off any illness starts with feeding our cellular building blocks, so they can always be on the offense. Our immune system is like a city with many roadways, waterways, and bridges for communication. We need to do the things that keep the traffic moving in our cellular system. This includes filtering out the bad stuff such as free radicals to prevent accidents on the roadways.

Eating sugar produces free radicals, and in times of stress, many people’s cravings for sugar and carbohydrates (carbs) exponentially increase. You may have heard some of your friends joking about the “quarantine 15.” This is the extra weight many have gained from overeating, indulging in less healthy foods, dinking more alcohol, and being less active during the pandemic. Many of these “unhealthy” choices come from not successfully managing our new stressors, which affect every area of our life.

I would like to share with you a few things we do to control the stress and ultimately decrease and stop the sugar and carb cravings. The self-care steps below help us manage our physical health, improve our energy and focus, and promote rest and repair of our cellular system.  We cannot take care of others if we do not take care of ourselves first.

Let’s get to it. Here are some stress management options to consider as you create your “new normal” Health Success Plan:

  1. Check in with yourself and your family, especially during this time.
  2. Keep a grateful diary/journal. It is okay to have ups and downs. The main thing is to get back up.
  3. Set a daily fitness goal. You can even exercise in small chunks of time that create pleasure and allow you to spend time with those around you as well as have alone time for “self-care.”
  4. Develop an eating plan. Individualize the plan based on your needs. I follow a Macro Keto Nutritional plan of 40/40/20 (40% protein, 40% fats, 20% carbs). I chose this plan because of my family’s history of cardiovascular, neurological, and autoimmune illnesses. I also take exogenous ketones to help prevent sugar cravings. When you have a plan and prepare to eat healthy ahead of time, you will be less like to scavenge the fridge and pantry for food when you become bored or stressed.

This is just the tip of the iceberg on how to stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will follow up with a series of detailed posts to guide you in developing your personal Health Success Plan. This plan will help you manage your stressors and promote your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being.

By Dr. Liza Leal with Meridian Medical Dental