COVID-19 Home Isolation – Healthy eating
Eating well whilst staying in home isolation important. A balanced diet will help your immune system, reduce your risk of chronic diseases, ensure you maintain a healthy body weight and help you look and feel good!
Avoiding processed foods is a good place to start; they tend to be low in nutritional contact but high in salt, sugars and saturated fats. Unfortunately, our bodies tend to crave energy dense foods, so trying to eat balanced meals at regular times and making healthy swaps where you can is a good way to keep healthy.
Combine several types of foods, of different colours, from the main food groups to ensure you get all the nutrients your body requires. Follow the Eatwell guide:
The British Heart Foundation have lots of tips and recipe suggestions that are worth reading (click here).
Drinking plenty of water is also important as part of a healthy diet . You know you have had enough to drink in the day if your urine (pee) is a pale clear colour. Remember when you start to feel thirsty you are already dehydrated. Keeping hydrated is a great way to:
- prevent bladder and bowel problems
- avoid headaches
- have healthier skin and fresher breath
- protect your teeth from decay
- improve your mood / prevent irritability
- improve your sleep well at night
A number of businesses are providing services online or via delivery apps, to be able to deliver foods to you at home, which may be necessary in order to maintain self-isolation. For details on these services see ‘Ordering Groceries’ in the home isolation pack.
Remember, it is important to ensure anyone delivering goods remain outside your home environment. The ideal distance between yourself and anyone else is 2 metres (3 steps).
For those who require shopping to be carried out on their behalf, and do not have a family member or friend to do so, it is advisable to contact the advice line 200 41818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Home Help Required” written as the subject line.