How to Maintain Nutrition, Food Safety, and Wellness During COVID-19 Situation
Since the beginning of 2020, the whole world has been affected due to COVID-19 pandemic and as a result, lots of changes have happened in our day to day lives. We are maintaining social distance, mostly staying at home, and avoid going to restaurants.
We can also easily slip into an unhealthy eating habit during such a stay-at-home period, and hence with a little preparation and thought, we must maintain a healthy diet. It is always very important to have good nutrition, but during such a pandemic situation, it becomes even more important as it can help in supporting a very strong immune system.
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Although there is no concrete evidence available regarding certain specific dietary factors will be able to reduce any COVID-19 risk, we know that by eating healthy food, one can remain physically active, manage their stress, and also get enough sleep, and all that is critical for a strong immune system.
What you can do
The following are a few things that you can do to maintain nutrition, food safety, and wellness during this pandemic situation.
- Eat enough vegetables and fruits
Most fruits and vegetables are rich in minerals and vitamins and also have lots of fiber. Although canned or frozen fruits and vegetables too, contain minerals and vitamins, but during the processing of all these products a few ingredients like preservatives, sugar, or salts are added.
You must read the labels while selecting the best for your family.
- Consume whole-grain foods
Consume whole-grain diets like nuts and a few healthy fats e.g. olive, peanut, sesame, or other oils that are full of unsaturated fatty acids. All these foods can support our immune system.
- Drink sufficient water
Drink enough water regularly. By staying well-hydrated will maintain your immune system. Better stick with only plain water rather than sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Avoid excessive alcohol
Often people during such challenging times, prefer an alcoholic drink. You may however drink alcohol, but only in moderation. Most alcoholic beverages will have very little nutritional value. They are often very high in calories, hence excess consumption can lead to many health problems.
- Avoid junk foods
Often it may be tempting to eat certain comfort food when you feel stressed, which is okay occasionally, but don’t be a habitual eater of these junk foods, like mac and cheese, burgers, pizza, and fries.
They are high in sugar, fat, and salt. You must read food labels and know about their nutritional value while buying them or serving them to your family.
- Wash your vegetables and fruits
You must also wash your vegetables and for a minute bleach in boiling water and then place immediately under running water for deactivating enzymes. Place them in an airtight bag, in your refrigerator, and also label them with their dates.
Vegetables having high water content e.g. lettuces, cucumbers, and tomatoes do not freeze, but many others r.g. broccoli, green beans, carrots, asparagus, and Brussels sprouts may freeze well.