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Food for thought: 7 tips on keeping a healthy diet
The 'Grows, Gos and Nos' - advice from World Food Programme nutritionists on dos and don'ts of eating in quarantine By Ana Opris More and more people around the world are being forced to stay at home, as countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Stay Hydrated

Do:

  • Keep in mind that the usual recommendation is eight glasses per day of fluid.
  • Set regular reminders to ensure we are hydrating our bodies.
  • You ...

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GO Foods

GO foods give us the energy to be active, work, and fight diseases.
From this category: rice, pasta, bread, and root crops. They release energy more slowly, fuelling you for longer and...

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GROW Foods

Grow foods help our body with physical growth and help the body rebuild after diseases and infections.
From this category: meat, fish, eggs, milk and other dairy products such as cheese and ...

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GLOW Foods

  • Green fruits and vegetables: broccoli, spinach, cabbage, lettuce, green apples, kiwi, green grapes, lime, avocado etc.
  • Orange and yellow fruits and vegetable...

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Find Time For Exercise

The World Health Organization recommends 30 minutes of physical activity a day for adults, and one hour a day for children.
If you cannot leave the house, find an exercise video online, danc...

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Plan ahead

Before you shop for the self-isolation period:

  • Consider the foods your family likes, your food preparation methods and the time and energy you will have for preparing meals.

While at the supermarket

... during the pandemic:

  • Use disinfecting wipes for your hands and grocery cart handle, and then make sure you put the wipe in the trash.
  • Supermarkets are running low on many items. Be ready with a back-up plan if an ingredient you need is unavailable.
  • Use contactless payment or credit cards. If you have to use the payment keypad, tap the buttons and screen with your knuckle then use hand sanitizer after completing your payment.
  • Contribute to local pantries and soup kitchens, to help the less fortunate.

Eating together at home

Make meals at home a positive and fun experience:

  • Get the whole family involved. Kids can help set the table or pour the water, make the salad.
  • Try some new easy recipes, that require a few ingredients.
  • Reconnect with the family: eat together at the table or spread a blanket on the floor and have an indoor picnic.

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Best foods don’t have labels

Best foods don’t have labels

Because they are just one ingredient: avocado, lentils, blueberries, broccoli, almonds, etc.

There is no "best diet"

The “best” diet is a theme: an emphasis on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, and plain water for thirst. 

That can be with or without seafood; with or without dairy; with or without eggs; with or without some meat; high or low in total fat.

The "Age" of vegetables

The best vegetables are likely to be fresh and locally sourced, but flash frozen is nearly as good (as freezing delays aging). Those “fresh” vegetables that spend a long time in storage or transit are probably the least nutritious.

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The Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet

The basic concept of the paleo diet is to eat whole foods and avoid processed foods.

Studies suggest that this diet can lead to significant weight loss and major improveme...

A general guideline

There is no one "right" way to eat for everyone.

Some eat a low-carb diet high in animal foods, while others follow a high-carb diet with lots of plants.

Avoid these foods and ingredients:

  • Sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.
  • All Grains.
  • Legumes like beans and lentils.
  • Most Dairy, especially low-fat dairy.
  • Some vegetable oils like soybean, sunflower, cottonseed, corn, grapeseed, safflower and other oils.
  • Trans fats: "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" oils found in margarine and various processed foods.
  • Artificial sweeteners: Aspartame, sucralose, cyclamates, saccharin, acesulfame potassium. 
  • Highly processed foods: Everything labeled "diet" or "low-fat" or that has many additives.

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