As tempting as it is to subsist on potato chips and granola bars right now, it’s more important than ever to maintain a healthy diet. While your diet doesn’t have anything to do with your chances of getting or dying from Covid-19, your diet does affect other health issues that are comorbidities for the disease. It has never been more important to not develop diabetes or heart disease or several other diet and lifestyle related maladies. Fortunately, even with all the restrictions being placed on everything, it is still possible to eat well during this pandemic.
Yes, You Can Still Eat Restaurant Meals – Just Not In A Restaurant
In 2015, restaurant sales surpassed grocery sales. The average person eats six meals a week out, which sounds like a lot until you realize that’s just a daily lunch on workdays and a weekly dinner out. Unfortunately, many restaurants across the world have been closed down to in-person diners, but that doesn’t mean you have to start cooking everything yourself from scratch.
Many restaurants have made the difficult but necessary shift toward carryout. Delivery services like Postmates, GrubHub, and UberEats have made adjustments, as well, to prevent the spread and make their services more widely available to people who normally wouldn’t use them. Restaurants and delivery services alike are waiving delivery fees, practicing social distancing, and even taking payment electronically so no cash has to change hands. What’s more, ordering a meal from a local restaurant helps keep their staff paid and their doors open.
You Can Also Eat Well At Home
People have been buying so much at stores that the stores have started to impose limits. Stockpiling things like canned goods, dried beans, toilet paper, oat milk, dried fruits, frozen foods, and more has become the norm. But once you get home, how do you turn all that stuff you bought into a healthy meal?
It’s important to ensure you are getting the right mix of grains, protein, and fiber at every meal. There are plenty of websites that can help you come up with new recipes if you grow tired of the same things week after week. Many websites can take input on what you have as well as your special dietary needs and tell you what to make based on that. There are chefs doing livestreams about kitchen safety to anyone who isn’t sure about things like cross contamination and kitchen safety procedures. Even if you have never cooked a meal in your life there are plenty of resources out there that can help you make sure you are cooking healthy, well-rounded meals throughout this pandemic.
Take Precautions No Matter What
When you go to the grocery store, make sure it isn’t too crowded. Wear a mask and gloves and only touch what you plan to take. Don’t take your whole family and only go when you absolutely need to and stay at least six feet away from others. For more tips on eating healthy during the pandemic, check out the infographic below.