To contain the spread of COVID-19, we are requested to stay at home and self-quarantine.
Good nutrition is crucial for health, and it is especially important in times when the immune system might need to fight back.
Eating a varied and balanced diet will give most people all the nutrients they need to stay healthy. Vitamins & minerals play an important role in helping to maintain a healthy immune system.
You cannot boost your immune system by seeking out isolated nutrients
You should know that you cannot boost your immune system by seeking out isolated nutrients, it’s through a varied and balanced diet where you get the nutrients your body needs.
At this time is important that you eat sufficient and healthy food.
It is important that you eat sufficient and healthy food
Being at home for extended periods, especially if you are alone or with limited activities can lead to overeating. On my blog I indicate the number of people that each recipe serves. Those are portions for adults, thus you should be mindful that young children would need smaller portions.
Fibre contributes to a healthy digestive system. Fibre also provides a prolonged feeling of fullness, which helps prevent overeating.
In order to ensure an adequate fibre intake, you should aim to include vegetables, fruit, pulses and wholegrain foods in your meals.
Include vegetables, fruit, pulses and wholegrain foods in your meals
With only a few limited ingredients, one can eat a diet that supports good health.
Since we are spending longer periods of time at home we can take the time to cook those recipes you previously did not have time to make.
You can find plenty of healthy and delicious recipes on my blog, most of them are ready in less than 30 minutes and use less than 10 ingredients.
When fresh foods are scarce frozen fruits and vegetables, and canned fruits and vegetables (with no added salts and sugars) are a good option and are often less expensive than the fresh versions.
Good hydration is also crucial for optimal health. Tap water, when it is safe for consumption, is the healthiest and cheapest drink and it is also the most sustainable since it produces no waste when compared to bottled water.
Avoid the consumption of alcohol
Alcohol weakens your immune system and undermines your body’s ability to cope with infectious disease, COVID-19 included. So it is best to avoid the consumption of alcohol when in self-quarantine.
Finally, it is important to stay physically active during self-quarantine. It will help you to fight stress and it will also help you to sleep well.
Right now there is a lot of misinformation flying around surrounding the relationship between COVID-19 and food. I would like to encourage you to get reliable information from international organisations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Union Food Information Council (EUFIC)
Stay safe, stay at home!