The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) means that the majority of us are housebound until the lockdown lifts. As our usual daily routines have been heavily disrupted, some of us might struggle to stick to our health goals or practise healthy habits as we did before lockdown.
This sudden disruption to our lives can result in an increase in stress or anxiety, making it more challenging to eat healthily, exercise regularly, prioritise our mental wellbeing, and sleep well. Plus, experiencing heightened emotions or feeling overwhelmed can lead us to turn to food as a source of comfort.
Second Nature recently performed a survey, which included over 1800 participants, to gather insights into how our lifestyle habits have changed since the coronavirus outbreak. Interestingly, the survey found that over 50% of us are eating more snacks than usual. On top of this, almost 50% of us reported eating when bored and 25% felt out of control with our eating habits.
We spoke to two Second Nature members who have been completing the programme whilst in self-isolation to find out which features of the programme they’ve found the most helpful and how the programme has influenced their daily routine during lockdown.
Second Nature is a completely digital habit change programme that gives you daily, online support from a health coach and a peer support group. All of our health coaches are registered nutritionists or dietitians. The 12-week course takes place entirely within the app with no need for in-person meetups.
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Do you think that the programme is suitable for those of us stuck at home for a while?
What’s been your biggest challenge in keeping healthy habits up while socially distancing?
Have there been any silver linings to being at home much more, regarding your health?
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Example daily routines on the Second Nature programme
To understand how people on the programme fit the different aspects of the programme into their daily life during self-isolation, from meal planning to breathing exercises, here’s two example routines of a typical weekday in lockdown for Sarah and Gilly.
|Morning||6.45am – wake up, go downstairs and have a cup of tea on my own in peace and quiet. Catch up on my Second Nature articles. I do some deep breathing exercises
7.30am – my four-year-old son wakes up and it’s a whirlwind of making breakfast and getting him dressed
8am – I eat a breakfast of fruit and full fat greek natural yoghurt. I then shower and dress
9am – I start work while my husband home schools our son
|Afternoon||12pm – I break for lunch. During lockdown I’ve often been having an omelette, using frozen mushrooms which are handy for when the fresh food runs out! I now try not to be distracted when I’m eating so that I can notice my food.
1pm – I have a catch up with messages on my phone, including those from my Second Nature group chat.
3pm – I have a snack of 30g of unsalted nuts
|Evening||5pm – I stop work and start making the evening meal. We all eat together as a family and so eat earlier in the evening. A firm family favourite is now the Second Nature chicken fajita bake. I make extra to freeze for easy lunches.
8pm – I put my son to bed and I go out for my daily walk. It’s a good time for me to increase my steps and think about the day in my mind.
10pm – I go to bed. Sometimes I read before going to sleep.
|Morning||7am – Wake up
7:30am – attempt an online workout at home
8:30am – start work
9:30am – take a break for breakfast, usually scrambled eggs and spinach or an omelette
10am – back to work
|Afternoon||12pm – I have a read of the daily article and catch up with all the group messages
12:30pm – prepare lunch for the kids and eat whatever leftovers I saved from dinner!
1pm – work
3:30pm – a quick snack, either houmous and veg/pitta or nuts depending on my meal plan
5pm – finish work and start cooking dinner
|Evening||6:30pm – round up all the kids and sit down for our evening meal
7pm – out for my daily walk, either around the village or a little further away to the woods
8:30pm – read a bedtime story to my youngest and get her in bed
9pm – read my book, and make sure my meals for the next day are prepped
10pm – go to bed
What does the Second Nature programme actually offer?
Second Nature is a 12-week digital programme that helps you to build healthy habits and lose weight in the long term. It combines support from registered dietitians and nutritionists with the convenience of an app-based programme.
Many people are more familiar with Weight Watchers or Slimming World, so we created a guide comparing the digital programmes with Second Nature to help you draw comparisons between the different options.
While many traditional face-to-face weight loss programmes are now starting to move online, Second Nature has the benefit of being built as a digital platform from the beginning. This means we’re experienced at providing support through digital chat groups and tracking technology in the app.
When you sign up to the Second Nature programme you get:
- 1-1 support from a registered dietitian or nutritionist, keeping you motivated and accountable
- A supportive group to help you work through challenges and share your achievements
- Habit-change techniques to improve your nutrition, sleep, stress, activity levels, and more
- Simple recipes with step-by-step videos that won’t leave you feeling hungry
- No calorie counting. No fad diets.
Second Nature tackles weight loss by focusing on your habits and changing your behaviours. This means that any healthy lifestyle changes you make will be sustainable and last in the long term.
Take a look at our Trustpilot reviews to understand what people think of the programme.