Banana bread was one of the lockdown trends last time around. There’s a Slimming World-friendly version which you can find on the Slimming World blog

Slimming World’s top healthy lockdown tips

Everyone’s circumstances will be different, yet there are some tips that will apply to most of us during these challenging times, especially when it comes to staying fit and healthy – which is more important than ever. So check out local Slimming World Consultants, Sinead, Pauline, Sharleen & Carol’s boredom–busting, hope–inspiring and practical top tips from Slimming World to help us all get through lockdown and stay healthy and fit along the way.

Fall in love with food

It’s so easy to get stuck in a bit of a rut when it comes to cooking. Do you find yourself making the same handful of meals on repeat every week? If so, you could take this time to try something new. It doesn’t have to be too complicated or time consuming – just something that makes you feel excited about cooking again. Or maybe it’s finally finding something to do with that ingredient that’s been lurking at the back of your store cupboard for a while – that tin of chickpeas could make a delicious homemade hummus or that bag of quinoa could be your new salad superstar! Many people have found solace in baking, too – and there’s no need to miss out on that because you’re following Slimming World! Banana bread was the hottest trend last year, so why not have a go at the Slimming World-friendly version which you can find on the Slimming World blog. If you’ve got kids at home they’re sure to enjoy helping out too. Just call it home economics! Also, Slimming World have just published a ‘Fresh Start’ booklet with 28 days of different breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas which is available free to all members.

Take control

It might seem silly to suggest taking time out when many of us are spending more time at home than ever, but it’s still important to practice a little self-care. There’s a lot happening in the world that we can’t control and that can start to impact our motivation to stay in control of our eating and activity habits, but actually looking after ourselves is something we can control. So as well as staying on track with any healthy eating plans or keeping up with your regular activity, it’s important to schedule in some ‘me’ time too. Run a hot bubble bath and give yourself a pamper, pop on your favourite podcast (have you subscribed to the Slimming World Podcast yet?) or settle down with a book or magazine (we highly recommend Slimming World Magazine, of course!).

Get active

Your usual gym might be closed but there are still plenty of ways to get active in lockdown, if you’d like to. Remember exercise isn’t just good for your body – it’s a great mood-booster too. There are loads of online classes you can try out – from HIIT to salsa-cize. a daily walk if you can, or set yourself a challenge like completing Couch to 5K. Of course, activity doesn’t have to mean running or aerobics though – it can be something as simple as weeding in the garden (harder than you’d think!) or getting some DIY and spring cleaning done. Anything that raises your heartrate counts!

Soothe your mind

In these challenging times, people will be feeling more worried and anxious than usual, and these feelings could have an impact on us making healthy choices and see us turn to food for comfort. If current events on the news are a trigger for you, try to limit your exposure. Make your own playlists rather than listening to the radio, scroll through just one social media channel, and enjoy a Netflix fix rather than watch live TV. Let those around you know if it makes you feel uncomfortable to talk about current affairs, too. Focusing on the present moment – mindfulness – to calm your mind in times of uncertainty can be really helpful. Colouring books, jigsaws and word puzzles are useful activities for this. Also, there are apps that guide you through techniques to help ease anxiety or panic. Follow your ordinary routine as much as possible, and keep a sense of normality, whether that’s packing up your lunch the night before or dressing in work clothes if you’re working from home.

Stay in touch

It’s easy to feel isolated during lockdown – as well as missing family and friends, just missing your normal day-to-day routine can have a big impact on the way you feel and, as a result, your eating and activity habits. Staying connected is now more important than ever – and not just for your weight loss. Sometimes you just need a laugh with your friends to lift your spirits! Video calls are, of course, hugely popular during lockdown – things like scheduling a date with your mates and coming together online to replace that monthly night out, or booking a family quiz night and testing your loved ones’ general knowledge.

Don’t forget to make some healthy snacks to nibble while you’re catching up too! Lots of Slimming World members have made firm friends at their local groups and when they took the difficult decision last year to temporarily suspend the groups, it was clear there were thousands of Consultants and members missing the camaraderie and support of their Slimming World groups, too. That’s why they launched virtual groups back in March, where members can slim from home. Whether it’s chatting via a closed Facebook group or sharing successes via WhatsApp, or attending a weekly ZOOM support group, it’s so important to make the most of every ounce of support if you’re trying to manage your weight.

Visit slimmingworld.ie for more information on the virtual service, or contact your local Slimming World Consultants, Sinead, Pauline, Sharleen and Carol who are all supporting members lose weight successfully via the Virtual groups.

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