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 A Stay at Home Wellness Guide: Shopping from Home

    2020-12-0712/07/20   
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Working at home begins with wellness at home. If you once had an office job, you probably thought that getting home and being at home were at-home wellness activities in and of themselves.

 This is the sixth post of a multi-part blog series for people spending more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or for any other reason, called A Stay at Home Wellness Guide. The series provide tips and common sense for how to live a happier and healthier life addressing how we eat, exercise, work, shop, enjoy entertainment, further our education, and worship just to name a few important things. While the inspiration came from the COVID-19 pandemic, the ideas presented are applicable for healthy living regardless of current circumstances.

You might not have realized at the time that being at home all the time has its downsides. Not having an intentional transition from work to home and vice versa can take a toll on your well-being and overall health.

One part of a healthy work-at-home life is eating right. That, in turn, means shopping for the right foods. We'll explain how some shop-from-home options might be even better for you than those you find at your local supermarket.

Focus on Whole, Fresh Fruits, and Vegetables

There are many versions of the food pyramid. Most feature fruits and, even more, vegetables prominently, at or near the base, along with starches. While starch provides energy, most of us tend to eat far too much of it.

While fruits and vegetables contain sugars, they also have fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients. These, along with starches, should comprise at least two-thirds of our daily diet. The remainder should be fats and protein.

Produce used to be hard to come by in the winter unless it had been preserved or frozen. Thanks to supply chain innovations, this is no longer the case. In fact, fruits and vegetables are abundant year-round. This is great for a healthy lifestyle!

Of course, fruits and vegetables generally are plentiful in supermarkets' produce sections. But if you're shopping from home for health reasons, there are other ways to rebuild your supply of these perishables.

Produce Supply Alternatives

Unless you've grown produce in your yard, there are no 100% contact-free ways to shop from home. Still, there are some that beat supermarkets for being germ-free.

Outdoor Markets

These markets might be chilly in some places, but they're often safer than supermarkets. They also have fresher and more local produce. But it would help for you to remain aware that COVID-19 precautions are essential at these venues.

Mail-Order Fruit and Vegetable Boxes

Even less contact is involved when subscribing to boxes of produce from companies like Misfits Market, Perfectly Imperfect Produce, and Imperfect Foods. While your choices may be more limited than at the supermarket, they are a bargain.

Plus, you can either disinfect the shipping boxes and wash their contents in warm water or remove the more delicate items and leave the rest in the garage for a few days. When you unpack your box, you'll be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

Grocery Shop-From-Home Services

Inevitably, you will need regular supermarket items at some point. But you probably won't need to go inside the store.

Most supermarket chains offer both home delivery and curbside pickup. Walmart shop-from-home is an example.

If there are specific produce items you're craving, why not add these to the list for your assigned shopper? That way, you won't have to gamble on finding these items in your produce delivery.

Shopping for Other Food Items

Of course, fruits and vegetables aren't the only parts of a healthy diet. Here are some ways to take care of your other dining and snacking needs.

Local Markets

Besides supermarkets, consider other local food selling establishments. These include bakeries, meat markets, natural food stores, and international markets. Much of the time, these places are also less crowded and infection-prone than supermarkets.

You might discover some new flavors and treats that you and your family will love. We might have some recipes for you to try with your new finds.

Mail-Order

There are at least two main types of mail-order foods: groceries from online sellers like Amazon and Target and meal-prep kits like Hello Fresh and Blue Apron.

You can order shelf-stable groceries from Amazon, Target, or Walmart. And if you have a local outlet of either of the latter, they will deliver to your home, just as local supermarkets do. Delivery charges are either free or low-priced for all these options.

Meal-prep kits are neither groceries per se, nor restaurant or take-out food. Instead, you use the raw ingredients-which come neatly wrapped in larger boxes with ice packs-to prepare your own healthy meals.

Shopping for Non-Food Items

Practicing wellness at home isn't only about food. You need other products to feel your best. These include things such as:

  • Housecleaning supplies
  • Essential clothing
  • Cooking utensils and gadgets
  • Toys and games
  • Books and magazines
  • Pet food and supplies
  • Cosmetics and toiletries
  • And a lot more

Any of these products are readily available. You can buy them either in-store or through online ordering with home delivery. Large discount stores like Target, Walmart, and Home Depot are good choices for everyday items.

But don't forget that small businesses are ready and waiting to pack and ship their unique products too.

Also, if you're working or studying at home, you can order office products, even furniture online from office supply stores. Maybe even throw in an ergonomic keyboard for wrist health or desk lamps to ease tired eyes.

At-Home Wellness

At-home wellness is an amalgam of conscientious shopping, a healthy diet, and a clean home. It's also various forms of entertainment and other de-stressing activities.

At least some of us used to think of shopping as a de-stressing pursuit. Now it's something that makes us edgy and fearful, though. It causes us to want to retreat to the safety of our homes, or so we think.

What makes the COVID-19 situation so hard to deal with is the fear and isolation of the "new normal" that is so hard to articulate, much less adapt to. Home no longer feels like the same place. But it's a lot better than the rest of today's strange world.

Will Our Homes Encompass Ever More of Our Lives?

Only time will tell if our sense of at-home wellness continues beyond the vaccine. Presumably, many of us will return to traditional (but updated and adapted) workplaces. We will need to acquaint ourselves with the new routines.

Maybe some of us will miss our work and shop-from-home days to the extent that we seek different jobs: ones that are more accommodating of both work and a healthy lifestyle at home.

Enjoy our product catalog. See what we offer that might help you feel more relaxed as we try to make sense of this very different world.


headshot of Jay Todtenbier 2018
Author

Jay Todtenbier is an original founder of SupplementRelief.com in 2010 and has operated the business ever since. Formerly he spent 25 years in business development, technology and marketing with startups, and well-established organizations having gone through the tech boom of Silicon Valley in the 90s. He became passionate about, and began studying and practicing Wellness as a Lifestyle, after experiencing chronic, personal health challenges, including auto-immune diseases, and being overweight, that impacted his ability to live a healthy, vibrant life. Since then, he has been passionate about encouraging others to live better through whole-foods nutrition, stress management, reasonable exercise, and the use of targeted, high-quality supplements.

Learn more about Jay Todtenbier.

  Related Wellness Resources

We encourage you to take advantage of these FREE Wellness Resources on our website.


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With the onset of COVID-19 in early 2020, more people are spending time at home. This is impacting all aspects of our life and living including how we eat, exercise, work, further our education, worship, shop, and enjoy entertainment, just to name a few important things. This series will provide tips and common sense for how we can live a happier and healthier life while spending more time at home, or any other place for that matter.


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A Stay at Home Wellness Guide: Eating Better

Many of us turn to comfort and convenience when our routines get disrupted and when we get stressed. This is particularly true regarding our food choices. Nobody is perfect but there are some simple and practical things we can do to eat better no matter our current circumstances.


child and her grandmother gardening at home

A Stay at Home Wellness Guide: Entertaining at Home

Healthy entertainment at home is important to our happiness and wellbeing, especially when we are spending more time there than normal. Consider these ideas for fun and entertaining activities you can do at home.


senior woman performing stretching exercise at home

A Stay at Home Wellness Guide: Exercise

Physical activity is a great way to facilitate better health and reduce stress. While we are spending more time at home, consider these suggestions to alter activities you are likely already doing, to provide more movement in your daily routines.


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A Stay at Home Wellness Guide: Learning from Home

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, almost 93% of households with school-age children were participating in some form of distance learning. This means that the way the children are being educated has dramatically shifted. Let's take a look at how you and your children can be learning from home while also maintaining mental and physical wellness.


A Stay at Home Wellness Guide: Working from Home

With more people working from home than ever before, consider these tips for integrating work into your home-life in a healthier way.

  • Blog Post
     This is the sixth post of a multi-part blog series for people spending more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or for any other reason, called A Stay at Home Wellness Guide. The series provide tips and common sense for how to live a happier and healthier life addressing how we eat, exercise, work, shop, enjoy entertainment, further our education, and worship just to name a few important things. While the inspiration came from the COVID-19 pandemic, the ideas presented are applicable for healthy living regardless of current circumstances.

    You might not have realized at the time that being at home all the time has its downsides. Not having an intentional transition from work to home and vice versa can take a toll on your well-being and overall health.

    One part of a healthy work-at-home life is eating right. That, in turn, means shopping for the right foods. We'll explain how some shop-from-home options might be even better for you than those you find at your local supermarket.

    Focus on Whole, Fresh Fruits, and Vegetables

    There are many versions of the food pyramid. Most feature fruits and, even more, vegetables prominently, at or near the base, along with starches. While starch provides energy, most of us tend to eat far too much of it.

    While fruits and vegetables contain sugars, they also have fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients. These, along with starches, should comprise at least two-thirds of our daily diet. The remainder should be fats and protein.

    Produce used to be hard to come by in the winter unless it had been preserved or frozen. Thanks to supply chain innovations, this is no longer the case. In fact, fruits and vegetables are abundant year-round. This is great for a healthy lifestyle!

    Of course, fruits and vegetables generally are plentiful in supermarkets' produce sections. But if you're shopping from home for health reasons, there are other ways to rebuild your supply of these perishables.

    Produce Supply Alternatives

    Unless you've grown produce in your yard, there are no 100% contact-free ways to shop from home. Still, there are some that beat supermarkets for being germ-free.

    Outdoor Markets

    These markets might be chilly in some places, but they're often safer than supermarkets. They also have fresher and more local produce. But it would help for you to remain aware that COVID-19 precautions are essential at these venues.

    Mail-Order Fruit and Vegetable Boxes

    Even less contact is involved when subscribing to boxes of produce from companies like Misfits Market, Perfectly Imperfect Produce, and Imperfect Foods. While your choices may be more limited than at the supermarket, they are a bargain.

    Plus, you can either disinfect the shipping boxes and wash their contents in warm water or remove the more delicate items and leave the rest in the garage for a few days. When you unpack your box, you'll be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

    Grocery Shop-From-Home Services

    Inevitably, you will need regular supermarket items at some point. But you probably won't need to go inside the store.

    Most supermarket chains offer both home delivery and curbside pickup. Walmart shop-from-home is an example.

    If there are specific produce items you're craving, why not add these to the list for your assigned shopper? That way, you won't have to gamble on finding these items in your produce delivery.

    Shopping for Other Food Items

    Of course, fruits and vegetables aren't the only parts of a healthy diet. Here are some ways to take care of your other dining and snacking needs.

    Local Markets

    Besides supermarkets, consider other local food selling establishments. These include bakeries, meat markets, natural food stores, and international markets. Much of the time, these places are also less crowded and infection-prone than supermarkets.

    You might discover some new flavors and treats that you and your family will love. We might have some recipes for you to try with your new finds.

    Mail-Order

    There are at least two main types of mail-order foods: groceries from online sellers like Amazon and Target and meal-prep kits like Hello Fresh and Blue Apron.

    You can order shelf-stable groceries from Amazon, Target, or Walmart. And if you have a local outlet of either of the latter, they will deliver to your home, just as local supermarkets do. Delivery charges are either free or low-priced for all these options.

    Meal-prep kits are neither groceries per se, nor restaurant or take-out food. Instead, you use the raw ingredients-which come neatly wrapped in larger boxes with ice packs-to prepare your own healthy meals.

    Shopping for Non-Food Items

    Practicing wellness at home isn't only about food. You need other products to feel your best. These include things such as:

    • Housecleaning supplies
    • Essential clothing
    • Cooking utensils and gadgets
    • Toys and games
    • Books and magazines
    • Pet food and supplies
    • Cosmetics and toiletries
    • And a lot more

    Any of these products are readily available. You can buy them either in-store or through online ordering with home delivery. Large discount stores like Target, Walmart, and Home Depot are good choices for everyday items.

    But don't forget that small businesses are ready and waiting to pack and ship their unique products too.

    Also, if you're working or studying at home, you can order office products, even furniture online from office supply stores. Maybe even throw in an ergonomic keyboard for wrist health or desk lamps to ease tired eyes.

    At-Home Wellness

    At-home wellness is an amalgam of conscientious shopping, a healthy diet, and a clean home. It's also various forms of entertainment and other de-stressing activities.

    At least some of us used to think of shopping as a de-stressing pursuit. Now it's something that makes us edgy and fearful, though. It causes us to want to retreat to the safety of our homes, or so we think.

    What makes the COVID-19 situation so hard to deal with is the fear and isolation of the "new normal" that is so hard to articulate, much less adapt to. Home no longer feels like the same place. But it's a lot better than the rest of today's strange world.

    Will Our Homes Encompass Ever More of Our Lives?

    Only time will tell if our sense of at-home wellness continues beyond the vaccine. Presumably, many of us will return to traditional (but updated and adapted) workplaces. We will need to acquaint ourselves with the new routines.

    Maybe some of us will miss our work and shop-from-home days to the extent that we seek different jobs: ones that are more accommodating of both work and a healthy lifestyle at home.

    Enjoy our product catalog. See what we offer that might help you feel more relaxed as we try to make sense of this very different world.


    headshot of Jay Todtenbier 2018
    Author

    Jay Todtenbier is an original founder of SupplementRelief.com in 2010 and has operated the business ever since. Formerly he spent 25 years in business development, technology and marketing with startups, and well-established organizations having gone through the tech boom of Silicon Valley in the 90s. He became passionate about, and began studying and practicing Wellness as a Lifestyle, after experiencing chronic, personal health challenges, including auto-immune diseases, and being overweight, that impacted his ability to live a healthy, vibrant life. Since then, he has been passionate about encouraging others to live better through whole-foods nutrition, stress management, reasonable exercise, and the use of targeted, high-quality supplements.

    Learn more about Jay Todtenbier.

  • Articles

      Related Wellness Resources

    We encourage you to take advantage of these FREE Wellness Resources on our website.


    stay at home wellness guide book cover

    A Stay at Home Wellness Guide

    With the onset of COVID-19 in early 2020, more people are spending time at home. This is impacting all aspects of our life and living including how we eat, exercise, work, further our education, worship, shop, and enjoy entertainment, just to name a few important things. This series will provide tips and common sense for how we can live a happier and healthier life while spending more time at home, or any other place for that matter.


    african american woman eating salad

    A Stay at Home Wellness Guide: Eating Better

    Many of us turn to comfort and convenience when our routines get disrupted and when we get stressed. This is particularly true regarding our food choices. Nobody is perfect but there are some simple and practical things we can do to eat better no matter our current circumstances.


    child and her grandmother gardening at home

    A Stay at Home Wellness Guide: Entertaining at Home

    Healthy entertainment at home is important to our happiness and wellbeing, especially when we are spending more time there than normal. Consider these ideas for fun and entertaining activities you can do at home.


    senior woman performing stretching exercise at home

    A Stay at Home Wellness Guide: Exercise

    Physical activity is a great way to facilitate better health and reduce stress. While we are spending more time at home, consider these suggestions to alter activities you are likely already doing, to provide more movement in your daily routines.


    e-learning depicting methods and options for getting education on the internet

    A Stay at Home Wellness Guide: Learning from Home

    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, almost 93% of households with school-age children were participating in some form of distance learning. This means that the way the children are being educated has dramatically shifted. Let's take a look at how you and your children can be learning from home while also maintaining mental and physical wellness.


    A Stay at Home Wellness Guide: Working from Home

    With more people working from home than ever before, consider these tips for integrating work into your home-life in a healthier way.

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