Good nutrition is crucial for health, particularly in times when the immune system might need to fight back. Limited access to fresh foods may compromise opportunities to continue eating a healthy and varied diet. It can also potentially lead to an increased consumption of highly processed foods, which tend to be high in fats, sugars and salt. Nonetheless, even with few and limited ingredients, one can continue eating a diet that supports good health.
People who eat a well-balanced diet tend to be healthier with stronger immune systems and lower risk of chronic illnesses and infectious diseases. So you should eat a variety of fresh and unprocessed foods every day to get the vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre, protein and antioxidants your body needs. Drink enough water. Avoid sugar, fat and salt to significantly lower your risk of overweight, obesity, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain types of cancer.
Here are some food and nutrition related points to follow in the quarantine period:
- Prioritize freshly cooked food and avoid eating stale food
- Consume easily to digest meals
- Do not overcook vegetables
- Monitor your portion sizes
- Follow safe food handling practices
- Limit your salt, fat, and sugar intake
- Consume enough fiber
- Keep yourself well hydrated
- Reduce your alcohol consumption
- Watch your calories