STAYING HEALTHY DURING COVID-19

Gold Coast Private Dietitian Fiona Brown

 

As the rates of Covid-19 continue to increase we are also seeing an increase in information from all forms of media telling us how to stay healthy during this time.  The question is, what is accurate and what is not?

As an accredited practicing dietitian I am here to help clear up the misinformation and provide you with some evidence-based tips to keep you healthy while you're in isolation.

 

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The Rainbow Buddha Bowl that's on the menu at Gold Coast Private provides a great balance, protein, wholegrain carbohydrates and colourful veggies.

 

Food

Eat a large variety of nourishing foods that include a balance of protein (lean red meat, chicken, fish, legumes, eggs) wholegrain carbohydrates (brown rice, wholegrain pasta) and plenty of colorful veggies.

To meet your micronutrient needs and support your immune system aim for 2 pieces of fruit and 5 different vegetables daily.

 

Drink

Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water daily – try adding a small amount of freshly squeezed lemon, lime or orange to your water for extra flavor and some Vitamin C.

 

Sleep

Sleep is really important – aim for 7-8 hours a night.

Make sure you allow time to ‘wind down’ before bed.  Try some herbal tea or read a book. Avoid having ‘one more look' at your phone.

 

Stress

Try to reduce your stress levels – limit your time on your devices, set aside some time to rest and rejuvenate every day.  You could try journaling, some online yoga or a guided meditation.

 

Exercise

Set aside time to exercise daily – if it is safe for you to train outdoors then make some time to go out for a walk, run or ride.

If you would rather remain home then there are plenty of home workouts on YouTube or phone apps that you can do in your own time with minimal equipment needed.

 

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Gold Coast Private dietitian Fiona Brown

 

Home and Hygiene

Remember the importance of social distancing (1.5m from others) and good hygiene (cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue, wash your hands often with soap and water, avoid touching your eyes and mouth and increase the fresh air into your home by opening windows where possible).

These are unprecedented times, but the best thing we can do is look after ourselves by following these steps; and others by staying home.

 

 

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