How is the lockdown/shelter in place affecting your eating habit?

posted 4 months ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper

I’m cooking and baking more and eating and drinking more. I haven’t been to the gym or to see my trainer in weeks. One of these days I have to try on non-stretchy pants for what is likely to be a very depressing reality check. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

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socalgirl1689 :  

Less.  All these jokes and memes about people eating uncontrollably… I don’t know how it’s possible.  Where I am, I have a hard time just getting enough food to feed my family, and that requires trips to two grocery stores.  The shelves are just bare.  I’ll say that we’re eating more expensive cuts of meat than usual.  It’s not by preference, though.  All of the budget stuff sells out in minutes.  What’s left is the expensive roasts and gourmet steaks.  When our warehouse store had chicken last Saturday, I was so excited I just about did a happy dance right there in public.  Anyway, I am rationing out what we have because it needs to last.  Our grocery bill is higher than usual by $300-500 per month despite budgeting efforts.  We can’t just fill up on cheap pasta and rice due to allergies to both in my family.

Post # 4
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Honey bee

I would actually say that while I have some bad days, I am eating much better than I usually do.  Where we are living, there isn’t much in terms of take out, so we are cooking all of our meals at home.  I do intermittent fasting, so I only eat for 8 hours in the day and that typically means skipping breakfast.  And we have purposefully not purchased a lot of snack foods, because that will get us in trouble.

It helps to create a meal plan and grocery shop based on that.  Helps prevent food waste and also that way you know what the plan is for each meal.  

I’ve also made large pots of soups like lentil and chicken noodle and frozen them.  Makes a very quick, healthy and easy meal to prepare for those days that I don’t feel like cooking.  

We are also trying to not drink Mon-Thurs.

We are used to living in a big city and going out for dinner at least 3-4 days a week, so it’s a pretty big change for us.  

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Eating a LOT more and less healthily. I’m near the kitchen all day, and I’ve quarantined with friends whose eating style runs a much more to the heavy carbs and meat than my usual roasted vegetables and tofu style. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

I actually think it was a symptom of Coronavirus.  Though I never got tested when I was sick.  I did not FEEL hungry for about 6 weeks.  Not an ounce of hunger.  Food just felt overwhelming.  I ate like 2 bites a day.  I lost like 30lbs.  Not on purpose.  In fact, it goes against my logical survival brain that tells me I need more nutrients, not less, during a pandemic.  Then, about 2 weeks ago, I finally kicked the brain fog and my appetite returned to normal.

Post # 7
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Honey bee

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gimmepretty :  I’m sorry to hear that you still can’t find food.  

Post # 8
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Honey bee

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SisterJude :  I was pretty sick in February with a respiratory illness and I felt the same way.  The only thing I ate was the 25 cent packs of ramen.   It was at least 2-3 weeks of that.

However, I didn’t lose that much weight though probably because of the salt intake.  LOL

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2021

Actually eating less, trying to conserve food.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

We’re eating about the same. Even before our shelter in place order we only ate out once or twice a month, including take out.  And as far as junk food goes, I rarely buy it anyway.  We usually have microwave popcorn for salty cravings and can break off a piece of chocolate from a large bar I keep in the pantry when ya gotta have sweet. 

I have been “stretching” our meat, especially ground beef, and doing a few more meatless meals.  Black bean burgers, vegetable soup and curry, etc.  But other than that, not much has changed.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

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socalgirl1689 :  At first it was hard. The grocery store 5 minutes from me had an hour wait to get inside the store no matter what time of day I went. I live in a big city, and found that if I drive to the grocery store that’s in the industrial park area, there’s no wait and shelves are almost fully stocked. I’m able to buy my normal groceries thank goodness. I am eating the same/less than normal. I’m stressed and I don’t eat a lot when I’m stressed, but I’m working out 2x a day to stay busy so I should really be eating at least the same.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Im eating so much. I eat when I’m stressed, I’m not really quarantined, I still go to work, i work at the hospital and all local businesses are donating food to us which is so generous,  husband is at home. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2020

Eating pasta a little more than normal, but it’s not very frequent. I finally got back to fasting and even though I don’t have a lot of veggies due to not going to the store and not getting groceries delivered as frequently as I usually shop I am doing fine! I have been walking a lot more than normal and that has balanced out any treats I have.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Eating the same amount but cooking way more. We used to eat out a couple times a week, now we haven’t eaten out in more than a month. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Less overall, but a lot more baking since it’s a good activity to entertain the toddler. My home office is two floors away from the kitchen and if I forget snacks during the work day I tend to eat less because I’m too lazy/pregnant to haul my ass up and down all the stairs. 

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