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5 Healthy Eating Habits to Fight COVID-19, According to Harvard

These lifestyle changes can make a huge difference.

A healthy body and a healthy mind really do go a long way when warding off disease. According to Harvard Health, a healthy strong immune system can defeat invading pathogens and bacteria. By treating your body with care, you give yourself a better chance to fight COVID-19. This is why we turned to Harvard Health's healthy eating habits that can ensure a strong immune system as the pandemic rages on.

While the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization have their own insights on healthy eating habits to fight COVID-19, Harvard Health published a list of helpful mindset shifts and lifestyle changes you can make that will help to form healthier eating habits at home. Their belief is that if you have a healthier environment, it's easier to fight COVID-19 stress and keep your spirits lifted.

So what are some of those mindful shifts they recommend? Here's a list of five healthy eating habits that can help fight COVID-19 stress thanks to Harvard Health, and for more healthy eating tips, be sure to check out our list of The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.

Make a meal plan.

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It's highly recommended by multiple registered dietitians that eating within a three or four-hour window so you don't feel over-hungry by the time you sit down for a meal. To avoid feeling over hungry between meals, Harvard Health recommends setting a schedule for your meals, to create predictability and consistency for yourself and everyone else in your household.

An easy way to ensure a scheduled day of healthy eating is planning out your meals in advance. That way when it comes time to cook in the kitchen, you already have a healthy meal planned—making it easier to eat throughout the week.

Not sure what meals to plan? Check out our Fat-Blasting 2021 Meal Plan.

Load up on healthy foods.

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A stocked fridge and pantry with healthy foods will make it easier for you to create nutritious meals and snacks throughout the week. Harvard Health recommends loading up on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean proteins.

Skip processed foods, save money.

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Don't even bother buying the sugary cereal and soda! Skip it entirely and keep your cart full of all the other healthy foods that you love, like your favorite fruit or your favorite nut butter. Harvard Health even says you can save money by skipping these processed foods entirely.

But still plan a fun treat.

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Skipping all of those processed foods doesn't mean you can't enjoy a fun treat! In fact, incorporating healthy dessert habits into your day is actually a great way to stay on track. You can plan a fun treat by prepping one of these 76 Best Dessert Recipes for Weight Loss.

Manage a healthier environment.

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Lastly, Harvard Health recommends creating a healthy environment around you. Storing candy in places around the house won't set you up for unhealthy success. Instead, stock the house with your favorite healthy snacks when you need something to nibble on.

Plus, a healthy environment doesn't just mean a kitchen full of healthy food! Even cleaning up your space can create a healthier mindset throughout the day, keeping your brain and your body stress-free by not looking at all kinds of clutter.

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Kiersten Hickman
Kiersten Hickman is a freelance health and nutrition journalist. Read more about Kiersten