It’s official, our lifestyles have had a forced overhaul since lockdown. Life as we knew it changed overnight and that included what we were putting in our mouths! Now I’m sure all of you are having a chuckle thinking yep – I’ve definitely tweaked my diet a little……
Well here’s some data straight from the companies that are bringing food to our doors. According to Deliveroo, our go-to lockdown meal has been fish and chips. Their data reveals that in the last month, deliveries for take away ‘fish n chips’ were up 597%! It was also the top rated search on their app. You will also feel validated in knowing that ice cream sales have gone up by 139% too…. 😊
The app has also seen a surge in orders of ‘family meals’ where previously the most popular order was a burger. The importance of food, and sharing it with loved ones has become more important than ever before. We have certainly cherished family dinners and make a point of openly communicating at meals times to ‘check in’ with each other. Meals are a great way to socialise and bring your family together.
In terms of what time we are eating, we seem to be having dinner earlier than normal. Pre-lockdown, meal times were around 7.03pm whereas now, 6.23pm is the new norm. Has anyone else actually enjoyed slowing down a little? I’m sure you’ve all had those nights in the past where you fly in the house, throw together a meal before heading out the door again – sometimes it’s nice to stop and breathe and enjoy the moment!
Some other data that resonated with me was the night we choose to be our ‘foody night.’ Saturday nights used to be our time to indulge but data from Deliveroo shows that Fridays are now our ‘foody night.’ I don’t know about you but after the drastic changes that we faced early on in isolation, we were relieved to get through a week and consequently ready to chill out by Friday! Anyone relate?
Speaking of our foodie nights – we have also seen a huge surge in alcohol consumption. I’m talking 70% of us are drinking more than we normally would and one third are drinking every day! Eeeeek that’s a lot!
So as we arrive at the time where restrictions can start to be eased, what are you going to take away from your time in lockdown? What things changed for you? I know for us, we spent a lot more time in the kitchen and made a lot more food from scratch. I hope to continue to bake more as restrictions are eased as I felt we actually ate really well during this time.
Nutrition plays an important role in our everyday life; it makes up a large part of a healthy life, it brings individuals together to socialise around a table and sometimes it can be used in times of stress as a coping mechanism leading to emotional eating.
Does any of this resonate with you? Maybe we can draw on our experiences during lock down, good or bad, and make wholesale changes going forward? In the words of Roy Bennet: “Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.”
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Kelly Nicholas holds a Health Science Degree in Paramedicine and currently works as a Paramedic for Ambulance Victoria. Kelly is also a qualified personal trainer with a Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science and has completed a specialisation in nutrition for exercise professionals. Kelly and her business partner Louise Moss, run Change it up Training - a small business specialising in training and motivating others to be the best/healthiest version of themselves.