Nutrition Boosters During a Pandemic
Written by Patsy Commisso
Taking care of your health in the midst of COVID-19 is on everyone’s minds these days. We know that nutrition is intricately linked to immunity and to the risk and severity of infections. Poorly nourished individuals are at a greater risk of various bacterial, viral, and other infections. Therefore, it is imperative for all of us to pay attention to our diet and nutritional status during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
STEP 1 – Navigating a New Environment
Although everyone is focused on the super food or meal, we have to first understand that we are in a new environment; we are now always eating at home and we are eating with our families. Start by shaping up your environment:
- Make sure your kitchen speaks the language of your diet plan. Clean out the junk, and make healthy foods available and ready to go.
- Use your time at home to meal plan with your family. You want to ensure that your whole family can eat a version of the same meal! Making multiple meals at one sitting will not last.
STEP #2 – Your New Life for Spring
Since the pandemic hit almost a year ago, most of us now understand that our current lifestyle is no longer about getting by – it is about developing a new routine in order to be productive and improving our health instead of regressing and waiting for things to ‘get back to normal’. As we get closer to moving into a new season, it’s a good time to meal prep with your family, and develop a structured day that includes exercise, wellness practices and chores.
STEP #3 – Increase Nutrient Boosters
If you are not ready for a nutrition makeover, you can still take some healthy steps in the right direction. The best line of defence is to increase consumption of healthy fruits and vegetables. Specifically aim to up immune boosting nutrients such as:
- VITAMIN C — highest in red peppers, oranges, kiwi, broccoli, strawberries, brussels sprouts, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cabbage, and cauliflower
- ZINC — highest in oysters, crab, beef patties, lobster, pork chops, baked beans, chicken, pumpkin seeds, and yogurt
- VITAMIN D — highest in cod liver oil, swordfish, tuna fish, orange juice (fortified and 100% juice), milk, yogurt, sardines, beef liver, eggs, ready-to-eat whole grain cereals
STEP #5 – Decrease The Busters
On the flip side to booster power foods, it is suggested to reduce the foods and habits that are not conducive to your health. Even though your stress and anxiety are heightened right now and bad foods and habits seem soothing, they will rebound and lead to health regression. Minimize the following elements whenever possible:
- food between meals
- poppable foods that have no portion control
- lack of movement
Patsy Commisso is a RevolutionHer™ Business Member based out of Oakville, Ontario. She is the owner of MCC Weight Solutions, where Patsy and her team offer a variety of solutions for your optimal health including for weight loss, disease support, athletic performance, stress management, healthy kids and female hormone support. Their programs include amazing nutrition plans, fitness programs and wellness supports, designed to get you fit and healthy.
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