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Know How A COVID-19 Diet Is Different From Others & Why?

Kinita Kadakia Patel

Sports Nutritionist, Body Transformation & Health Management Expert

3 min read

With the coronavirus bringing the world to a standstill, we’ve all collectively found new ways to counter this virus by making significant lifestyle changes. As we are still adjusting to our new norm, we may forget how this pandemic has indirectly affected our physical and psychological well-being. Lock-down, quarantine and self-isolation has led many to consume the most basic home cooked food. With few to no options for ordering in or eating out, the movement towards home cooking and consuming homemade food is significantly rising.

Whether the impact of the pandemic lasts a year or more, the one thing that we all can agree on is that, our eating habits will not be the same anymore! Our food preferences and food culture are likely to see a huge transformation in the times ahead.

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What type of diet would you suggest to a person who has COVID or is recovering from it?

Due to vulnerable conditions across the nation, it is turning out to be more difficult for people not to be prone to the virus. I have personally worked with a few clients affected by COVID and most of them have complained about the loss of taste, appetite, weight loss and extreme fatigue. Even if the individual has a mild strain of the COVID virus, you can still see that they are struggling to get back to their normal self.

Opting for a combination of foods, which have energy giving carbohydrates, good quality proteins, essential fats and loads of vitamins is essential for recovery.

So my strategy has been to put them on a combination of foods, which has energy giving carbohydrates, good quality proteins, essential fats and loads of vitamins. At this stage and they can’t be put on an intermittent fast or on a no-carbs dinner. A wholesome meal needs to be planned and it is essential for me to work on bringing their immunity and energy back.

Since there is a lack of appetite even post COVID, it’s vital to continue on the vitamins course for a few more months. This will help them keep their vitamin profile in check and gradually bring their energy levels back.

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When you lose UR appetite, what can you eat? Should we all stick to basic food?

1. Consume foods that are small in volume but high in calorie like a kahjoor laddo or have soft foods that add a lesser load on the digestive tract.

For example:

  • Porridge with banana
  • Dry fruit and nut smoothie
  • Moong dal-ka-sheera
  • Dahi chawal
  • Khichdi
  • Carrot oats muffin
  • Stuffed veggie muffins

2. Avoid a plate full of salad or meat, as this can be a bit stressful on UR digestive tract and may require more energy in order to be digested properly.

3. Make UR meals smaller, and divided equally throughout the day. Small meals are digested faster and don’t waste a lot of energy during digestion.