Matthew Davies Shares Reasons Why You Should Eat Right During COVID-19
COVID-19 is affecting each and everyone’s lives in all aspects. From virtual classrooms to our work. According to Matthew Davies, it is especially important to keep a check on your diet during the pandemic. Eating healthy should be high in the priority list more so than ever before since strong immunity means our body can fight the virus better if we get infected. When you are locked up at home you also have plenty of opportunities to gain unhealthy weight. That’s why it is crucial to eat right. A few reasons why it is important to eat healthy during this pandemic is listed below:
- Build a strong immunity system – If your body is healthy, your immunity system is strong and can fight the coronavirus better so that you can ride it off with mild symptoms. To do that, you need to eat healthily and change your diet. Your shopping list should include whole fruits, grains, vegetables, and smaller portions of meat. You should always prioritize fresh food. However, during these desperate times, it is also important to be pragmatic and stock up on a week’s supply that would allow you to make healthy meals and reduce your supermarket visits.
Here’s what you may consider adding to your shopping list:
- Grains – frozen brown rice, instant oatmeal, refrigerated pizza crust, quick-cooking pasta
- Fruits – fresh fruits like citrus, apple; dried and plain frozen fruits; canned in water or juice
- Veggies – fresh or canned with low sodium or sun-dried
- Sauces – salsa, tomato pasta sauce
- Milk – Canned, fresh and shelf-stable
- Eggs – fresh eggs or egg whites packed in cartons
- Meat – lean ground beef patties or meatballs; canned or frozen chicken
- Seafood – frozen shrimp, canned tuna, salmon, sardines and frozen ready to cook fish fillets
- Cost Control – No one really knows how long the lockdown is going to last. Hence, it is better to be frugal and go for low-cost alternatives. Smaller portions of meat don’t just help you keep the costs down, but also reduces the intake of saturated fats. You can also try meatless versions of popular dishes. For instance, you can replace the beef with beans to make “chili with beans”. You should also consider online shopping for your food supply. It has a reduced risk of infection and may save you a few dollars on gas money.
- Mindful Snacking – When you are cooped up at your home, you tend to get bored and eat more than usual. Combine that with less workout and it is a perfect recipe for unhealthy weight gain. That’s the reason you need to be mindful when you snack. Instead of sitting on the couch with a large bag of chips you should read up on the size of one serving and bring that in a bowl. Enjoy each and every chip or piece of snack to keep your cravings in check.
Matthew Davies believes that during this pandemic, a healthy immune system isn’t just going to help you but save a bed at the hospital for someone who is in greater need. If everyone eats right, gets their daily workout, and maintains social distancing, the burden on the healthcare system can be significantly reduced.