Healthy eating advice during the Covid-19 pandemic
There is a lot of misinformation circulating on social media about the relationship between Covid-19 and food. Our team of dietitians have put together some helpful information to help reduce confusion and promote correct nutritional information.
Following a healthy balanced diet in addition to being physically active, reducing stress and having enough sleep can help you to stay healthy during these challenging times.
Can I boost my immune system through my diet?
No food or supplement has been approved by the European Food Safety Authority to boost immunity or treat infections. Good hygiene and following government advice remain the best way to avoid getting Covid-19.
However, there are many nutrients that are involved in promoting a normal functioning immune system. We would advise following a healthy balanced diet in accordance with the ‘Eatwell guide’ to support a healthy immune system. For more information please see the Healthy Eating Food Fact Sheet here: https://www.bda.uk.com/resource/healthy-eating.html
Getting enough Vitamin D is also important for supporting a healthy immune system. The majority of this comes from sunlight rather than the foods we eat; however, during the autumn and winter months, we are advised to take a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of Vitamin D. If you are self-isolating or are not spending much time in sunlight, you should consider a supplement.
How can I make the most of the food I have?
Firstly, there is no need to stockpile or to buy more food than you normally would. It is advised that we keep shopping trips to a minimum; however, buying too much fresh food can lead to food becoming spoilt and wasted.
Here are some tips:
How can I manage my weight whilst working from home?
Working in a new environment, such as at home, can pose several challenges if you are trying to manage your weight. Food can be easier to access, tempting us to eat more than we usually would. To help to prevent weight gain we’ve put together the following tips:
Weight Management Leicestershire offers free, tailored support to help you reach your weight goal. To find out more and get in touch, go to https://www.leicestershirewms.co.uk/ or call 0116 305 1510. Please note the service’s revised opening hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
For more information on weight loss, please click here: https://www.bda.uk.com/resource/weight-loss.html
General tips for eating healthily during Covid-19:
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