How not to gain weight during a coronavirus epidemic?

Many people wonder how not to gain weight during the coronavirus epidemic. An epidemic, more precisely, being at home all the time has caused more and more people to cook at home. It's great because we discover new flavors and gain new skills. Even a few ebooks with coronavirus recipes were created (of course, using pasta or rice). If I thought about it for a long time, it's not such a stupid idea. I am already losing my inspiration for coming up with new recipes for quarantine dishes.

When I noticed that more and more people were joking about weight gain during quarantine, I found that I would write a few words about it on the blog, because I fell into continuous eating mode myself. A few said "enough" and changed my quarantine habits. I also encourage you to do this, if you are afraid that the time of isolation at home will cause +5 kg to appear on your weight. Remember that this nightmare will end and we will have to go back to normal life (honestly? I can't wait for it).

Physical activity - necessarily!

Lack of physical activity is a bane for our body and metabolism. I feel the negative effects of sitting at home myself, mainly because I miss flying around the city and getting different rights. I will not say ... I miss it a bit (especially now, when the sun comes out more often).

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I have never been a fan of exercising (I did everything I could to avoid PE lessons at school). I still don't belong to fit girls and I'm not rushing to the gym with a smile. Nevertheless, I found something that I enjoy - yoga. I don't practice as regularly as I would like, but I try to practice yoga whenever I can. It is a wonderful time for me, not only for my body, but also for relaxation for the mind. Contrary to appearances, yoga is not boring at all (and you will feel its effects the next day, when you cannot get out of bed, because you will have sore muscles that you had no idea about).

Another way to move your body when we can't leave the house is to dance. I'm not talking about professional dance lessons (although many dance schools now offer online classes), but ordinary dance to your favorite songs. All you need is 15 minutes to feel better and automatically improve your mood (seriously, I know what I'm saying - I practice it almost every day). Launch your favorite Spotify playlist and your legs will make you dance.

Sitting at home promotes a constant desire for food

It is proved that often when we are not hungry we just eat out of ... boredom. I also often snack when I work and I'm very focused (which is not necessarily associated with boredom). Then I usually reach for nuts that give you an energy kick. Of course, it is better to choose those without the addition of salt or spices. I like roasted peanuts (peanuts) without salt the most. Even now, when I'm writing this article, I like to eat it.

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During the isolation we are more eager to spend time on the sofa watching movies or series (we also, but we combine it with learning French). And if it's a movie, we'd love to eat something (salty snacks are my nightmare!). If watching you associate with food and you can not get rid of this habit - reach for healthier snacks, e.g. nuts, dried fruits, roasted chickpeas or kale chips (I do not like these, but if you like it, I highly recommend it).

How not to gain weight during a coronavirus epidemic?

First of all, take care of regular eating of full-fledged meals. I'm not a fan of sweet breakfasts, but sometimes I want to start the day in this way - then I usually make vegan pancakes, which I serve with maple syrup (in summer also with fresh fruit). More often, however, I reach for salty porridge with black sesame and fried mushroom or crispy oyster mushrooms. Such porridge is not only tasty, nutritious, but also gluten-free (which is very important in my case - due to hypothyroidism, I try to avoid gluten whenever I can).

Especially now, when our activity is limited - reach less (and preferably at all, but I know it is difficult ... especially on these days) for unhealthy snacks or sweets. If you feel like something unhealthy, reach for healthier options - you can make a burger at home, and if you want something sweet - you can bake a carrot cake or bean brownie.

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Take care of healthy sleep in the right number of hours (for me it is 8 hours so that I do not feel like a zombie). And if you have a problem with a desire to eat before bedtime, take advantage of the advice of Parisian women - it is better to go to bed with an empty stomach than to be overfilled. I don't know about you, but if I eat a meal too late, I can't sleep. I have nightmares and in the morning I feel full. This not a nice feeling accompanied me several times in my life, so for years I have been following the principle of Parisians, which actually works.

I hope that the above article will help you find a way to not gain weight during the coronavirus epidemic. The ground is to be reasonable in everything you do. Especially now, when an open mind is badly needed to endure difficult times.

Learning a foreign language - what helps me learn French?

Contrary to appearances, learning a foreign language is great fun. I know that some people see it as something unpleasant, but what is the satisfaction when you start to understand the words and then the whole phrases. It's so motivating! For a long time French has been my dream and if everything returns to normal, we will start with Piotr a course of this beautiful language to Lord from French (if someone doesn't know him yet, he has to make up for it). Why did we decide to take the course with him? Because we want to learn a language that we will use, not something that will never be useful in our lives.

My French story is quite complicated - for 3 years of high school I studied French as an additional language at school. Unfortunately, the classes were at a very low level, and the teacher was not able to motivate me enough to leave high school textbooks after high school (now I regret it). I only learned from classes that I could count to 10, introduce myself, say that it is raining or not raining and ... that I can't speak French well (it will definitely be useful when we go on a trip to France ... of course, as already everything will be back to normal).

Here are some ways that help me learn French, but I think you can easily use these tricks to learn other languages.

Listening to the language

Recently, I read somewhere that each of us, often listening to a foreign language, at some point begins to understand the basic words and phrases. That's how our brain is supposedly programmed. I don't know how true this is, but for me listening to language is one of the most wonderful things. Thanks to the fact that we often watch movies or TV series with French dubbing (you can change settings in Netflix), I learn not only pronunciation, but also I get basic phrases. We are not yet advanced enough to watch movies or series 100% in French, so we use Polish subtitles.

In addition to watching movies or series in this beautiful language, I often listen to news radio (France info) in French or podcasts on Spotify. And here, as in the case of movies - I can't translate what they say during the broadcast, but I listen to the pronunciation and catch single words. I will tell you in secret that it is very motivating when I realize that I understand a word. Often also a word that I do not understand, and it will catch my ear - I try to find on the Internet (thankfully, Google search engine is so intelligent that I usually find the word I am looking for).

Reading in a given language

Of course, I'm not talking about suddenly starting to read books in a given language (unless someone is ambitious enough, estimate!), But at least short news / information. For me it's a great way to "deal with" language. I often translate a given text in a Deepl translator (which is quite good when it comes to translations), and then put it in a translator that allows you to listen to the text (I do not recommend Google translator, because often there are very strange things like "Kali eat banana ").

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Online training

The current situation does not allow us to attend group classes. There is advice for this - online training. It's a great form of learning, especially in the current situation. You do not have to give up education because of the coronavirus and the order not to leave home. To join the course you only need a computer and a good internet connection.

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If you belong to a group of people who currently do not go to work (and do not work remotely), I recommend using your free time to polish a foreign language. Especially the language you have thought of for a long time, and you never had time for it. Learning a foreign language is really a great way to use your free time in a very effective way. Important - appreciate the small steps in language learning and don't fall into a vicious cycle ,,not enough".