Healthy Diet Tips When Staying Home to Avoid Overeating



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Chef and restaurateur Degan Septoadji has advised the people to be disciplined in their eating schedules in order to avoid overeating when staying home during the COVID-19 restriction period.

    “We need to ensure that we eat at the right place, the right time, and not to eat out of boredom. We need to be disciplined in that,” said Degan, in a COVID-19 Task Force online press conference in the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Building, Jakarta, on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

    The chef observed that people overeating out of boredom during the Large Scale Social Restriction (PSBB) period is becoming an increasingly common problem. He, therefore, suggested for the people to adhere to a scheduled routine including the wake-up time, activities, rest, and mealtimes, even when staying home.

    More specifically, Degan suggested for the people to be cautious in their diet and avoid eating while doing another activity, such as watching television or working. He also recommended a balanced and nutritious diet, including the necessary carbohydrates, proteins, vegetables and fruits to meet the daily nutritional intake and maintain body immunity.

    On top of that, Degan has called for the people to avoid drinks with sugar or soda, and instead opt for pure drinking water or infused water, for those looking to enjoy a refreshing beverage. "Make sure you drink enough in a day. For a small child, that would be around 1 to 1.5 liters, and adults 1.6 to 2 liters to stay hydrated," he added.

    Lastly, Chef Degan reminded the importance of washing hands with soap and running water for 20 seconds before and after eating, also when cooking food.

    ANTARA | Translator: DIO SUHENDA (Intern)