Safe & Sustainable: Food and Fitness Tips

April 29, 2020 3 min read

ChicoBag Mazarine Blue original Bag with produce inside in a grocery store

As the world settles into a new normal, life starts to look a little different. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean you can’t stay true to your sustainable standardsor keep your mind and body sharp. We’re here for you with a few fabulous tips to stay safe and sustainable at home.

Up this week: food and fitness! Let’s go.

Get Your Groceries Guardedly

Food is an essential part of life, and we’re grateful to all workers keeping our grocery stores stocked and open. When you absolutely need to make a trip to the store, keep in mind:

  • ChicoBags are your best friend for hauling groceries. Unlike a single-use plastic bag with unknown origins and touchpoints, a reusable bag means you know where it came from, what it touched, and how it gets cleaned. ChicoBags are completelymachine washable after an essential outing. Best practice: wash every time they touch something or someone in public. Hang dry and skip the fabric softener. 
  • Grocery stores may have restrictions for bringing in resuable bags. You can still#effsingleuse if you:
    • Call ahead to your favorite grocery stores to learn their policiessome stores may allow you to use your ChicoBags in self-checkout or if you’re bagging your own groceries. 
    • Skip in-store bagging; simply ask your checker to place the items back in the cart. Once you’re at your car, place the groceries in the reusable bags you stashed in your trunk
    • In a pinch? Grab a couple of brand-new ChicoBags or reusables at the register. Use them later or re-gift to friends.
  • When you get home, use extra caution when unloading and sanitizing your groceries. Here are thenew rules of grocery shopping under quarantine.

Then Hone Your Inner Home Chef

To-Go Ware Utensil Set Being Used along side homemade Pho

As Rachel Ray says, “Keep calm and cook on.” One big benefit of social distancing is more time to create healthy meals, try out new recipes, and master fancy cooking techniques to impress our friends.

  • Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa), Antoni Porowski (Queer Eye) and other celebs rounded up theirfavorites for cooking in quarantine. Tonight’s menu? “Squash Your Hands.”
  • Learn toferment foods at home with these top 10 gut-friendly foods you can whip up in the kitchen (yaass to fresh kombucha!) 
  • There’s a good chance many of us will run out of some pantry staples. Skip a trip to the store andtry these substitutions instead. (Tip: print out for your fridge.) 

But Stay Lean: Prevent the #Quarantine15

Doing Yoga at home with a ChicoBag Vita Watercolor bag in the foreground

The gym might be temporarily off-limits, but it doesn’t mean you have to stop werkin’ on your fitness (especially if you tried the Sloppy Joe Tacos ☝). Whether you prefer gentle stretching or a full group HIIT class, here are some great sources to keep the energy up and the lbs at bay:

  • OrangeTheory, Barry’s, Peloton, Lululemon, and other fitness companies havefree online classes, while online trainers likeVitality Fitness Delivered offer real-time, at-home group classes for instant feedback and motivation. Hello, stay-at-home six pack.
  • I would walk 500 miles...or at least 10,000 steps. There’s nothing easier than a stroll around the neighborhood with your favorite podcast and a furry friend.Cats can be leash-trained, too!
  • #Throwbackthursdays, meetjazzercise. YouTube has a plethora of rad 80s workout videos (just don’t forget your legwarmers).
  • Resources likeGrokker offer myriad resources for health and wellness during the Covid-19 outbreak. Explore your options with unlimited access through April 30.