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Healthy Eating During Coronavirus Restrictions

Healthy Eating During Coronavirus Restrictions

Eating well helps you stay healthy and prevent illnesses. Healthy eating can boost your quality of life and lessen the risk of infections. Healthy eating habits include:

  • Being physically active
  • Choosing amounts of nutritious food and drinks to meet your energy needs
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Enjoying a wide variety of nutritious foods
  • Taking care of your food by storing and preparing it carefully
  • Limit the alcohol intake 
  • Limit intake of foods that have added salt and sugar or saturated fat 

Food Safety and Coronavirus

Coronavirus is a disease that spread from person to person. There is no evidence that this infection will be transmitted by swallowing the virus in or on drink and food. When storing and preparing your food:

  • Before eating, wash the fresh vegetables and fruit under running water 
  • Maintain good hygiene practices
  • If you have symptoms of respiratory illness avoid preparing food for other people 

During a coronavirus outbreak, it is very important to be informed of false and misleading advertising and claims about certain food products that cure coronavirus. You can contact the relevant food enforcement agency in your place if you are doubtful of claims about a certain food product.

Grocery Shopping 

You can still go out to shop for food unless you are required to be isolated. Just make sure to follow physical distancing. Some extra things that you can follow to stay safe while shopping is:

  • Choose a time when lesser people are likely to be there
  • Use cards instead of cash
  • Use a list so your visit is short and you don’t need to go out again to purchase forgotten items
  • Washing your hands or using hand sanitizer once you leave the store
  • Cleaning or rubbing your shopping trolley with disinfectant or hand sanitizer. Several supermarkets provide hand sanitizer for customers to use before entering the store 

Some other things you may do to make food last longer for you to have fewer trips to the supermarket;

  • Using cuts of legumes, beans, or meats that are appropriate for curries and stews. This could frequently provide an additional meal as leftovers that can be frozen
  • Buying food items that keep their nutritional value while frozen or stored. 

Shopping online and having your goods delivered is a great way to stock up your fridge without leaving the house. Check with your supermarket to see if this service is available in your place. 

Meal Planning

Planning means lesser visits to the shops. You can create a shopping list and or use a meal planner to plan the meal for the entire week. You can also have an extra serving of meals and freeze these foods for later use. An extra meal in the freezer is convenient for days when you feel unwell or you don’t feel like cooking. 

Involve Your Family 

This is an opportunity to involve everyone in your household in their nutrition. Get your family involved in:

  • Cleaning up
  • Preparing meals
  • Making shopping lists
  • Planning meals 

An older household member could take turns in preparing meals. Dig out some favorite recipes and be more adventurous by trying different cuisines.