Now Is the Time to Start Eating for Good Health

Whether you’re isolating alone or with family, these can be difficult, stressful days. If you’re experiencing depression or anxiety, you’re not alone. Many people are having difficulty with mental and emotional health. Turning to food for relief is easy, but it’s probably not a good long-term choice. Many of the items that we think of as “comfort foods” are high in fat, calories, and sodium. Overconsumption of these foods can contribute to and exacerbate health issues such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

You can try something else! Instead of overindulging to cope with your stress, turn some of the nervous energy into a commitment to eating for good health. Here are some nutrition tips from Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos to get you started:

  1. Focus on low-calorie, high nutrient foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean sources of protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy items.
  2. Make it fun! Research new recipes or learn a new culinary skill from videos online.
  3. Prepare your own meals. Avoid highly processed items. For example, make soup at home, rather than choosing canned soups, which can be loaded with sodium and raise blood pressure.
  4. Involve the family. Your kids will be more likely to try new menu items if they’ve helped select or prepare them.
  5. When it comes to something to drink, you can’t do better than plain water. Drinking several glasses with each meal will aid digestion and help combat water retention and swelling. If you prefer something with a bit more flavor, add a splash of juice or try one of the new seltzers on the market.
  6. Spurge once in a while. It is not the time to be absolute or monastic about food. Go ahead and enjoy a bit of ice cream or another sweet! Just keep it limited and occasional.

Stay safe and healthy, everyone. If a problem related to the health of your feet, ankles, or lower legs arises, call us at (773) 561-8100 or click here. Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, and the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff will be happy to talk to you about appropriate next steps toward wellness.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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