Studies in the U.S. and abroad have shown clear patterns of overeating and disordered eating (poor appetite, skipping meals). In one study nearly a third of people surveyed claimed that their eating habits became unhealthy during the pandemic. One of the main causes cited: pandemic lifestyle disrupting normal routines.
The key question
Am I getting the nutrients I need to be healthy?
Eating too many calories is a problem for just about everyone. But ensuring you're getting enough of the right protein, fiber and plant nutrients is the priority.
Test yourself: The one-week food tally
We know, keeping a food diary is a pain. But for the next seven days, write down in a notebook everything you eat and, as best you can, the primary ingredients. If you cook a pot of chili, for example, jot down the main foods that make up the recipe. (Don't worry about spices or hot sauces.) If you get a drive-through burger and fries, note those as well as add-ons like lettuce, cheese or tomatoes. And be honest: That side of broccoli doesn't matter if it doesn't wind up in your belly.