Isolation eating: the struggle is real!

By Bianca Frew, Pennie Taylor

24 April 2020

5 minute read

woman eating cereal out of a cup looking unhappy

Iso feels…

Define normal

How many times during isolation have you found yourself reaching for unhealthy, indulgent foods? Or mindlessly standing at the fridge or pantry, even when you’re not hungry? Yep, guilty!

Our dietary behaviours are not only influenced by personal preference, but also social and environmental factors. When you think about it, home is where we feel comfy to eat whatever we want. And during isolation, bad eating habits are starting to creep in. So, what can we do about it?

We called up our friendly nutritional scientist and practising dietitian Dr Pennie Taylor for some tips. A ‘how to’ on healthy eating habits in isolation. Tips to sustain you to infinity…and beyond!

Let’s do this!

When working with clients Pennie starts with deconstructing eating habits. Ask yourself, since “self-isolation…”

A man eating a burger and chips

You might be tempted to order in for every meal but make sure you do so in moderation. Image: Prudence Earl

Non-food activities could include:

Another good tip is to plan a snack around 3 or 4pm. Healthy options include:

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Healthy fish and salad

Next steps for healthy isolation eating

Pennie said the answers to the two questions above may identify how to improve eating frequency of healthier options. However, here are some key principles to establish a healthy balanced life with food during the pandemic.

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We got your back

Remember to seek support

If you need more support to define a healthy eating routine or overcome obstacles, seeking the support of an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) could be beneficial to make it more personalised.

Tara Diversi, APD and President of the Dietitians Association of Australia suggests support via telehealth. It’s a consultation via video conference or telephone. This allows you to receive clinical nutritional care from the comfort of your home. It provides piece of mind around concerns of exposure to infection and you get the support you need.