7 ways to stay healthy when you’re stuck at home

As we practice social distancing to protect ourselves and others during the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s easy to put staying active and eating healthy on the back burner. And it can be especially difficult if you’re working from home or caring for other family members – or both. But whether you’re a cancer patient, a caregiver or trying to lower your overall cancer risk, it’s important to try to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the COVID-19 pandemic. It can help you manage stress and anxiety right now and maintain your overall health. We spoke with Lindsey Wohlford, employee wellness dietitian, about how to stay healthy. Here’s what she had to say. Choose fresh, plant-based foods when possible Your grocery options may be limited, so try to make the most of what you’ve stored in the pantry and fridge. “Start by using your fresh foods first over more shelf-stable items to help reduce your waste and ensure you’re eating as much healthy produce as possible,” says Wohlford. “Freeze the produce you don’t think you’ll eat right away to make it last longer.” And, be sure to wash fruits and vegetables to ensure that they’re clean. Stir fry frozen veggies with brown rice or cauliflower rice, or sauté them and serve with whole wheat pasta. For a bonus, try to make these dishes extra colorful. The more colors in your meals, the more nutrients you’ll get.  Opt for plant-based foods. At least two-thirds of your plate should be filled with vegetables, whole grains and fruit. The remaining one-third can be lean animal protein or plant-based protein. Limit foods...