Regardless of which country you live, I bet coronavirus panic sneaked into your newsfeeds and might have planted the seeds of fear inside you as well. There is surely no reason to panic, simply because panic has never helped anyone yet (in anything). In this article, I’d like to share with you what we know about Coronavirus in relation to food, and possibly shed some light on what’s been rather confusing in the media.
It’s not a medical article or advice, we won’t talk about numbers and consequences, it’s just what we know from the reliable sources so far. Food is something we “live and breath” here at Happy Bellyfish, so it’s just natural for us to share what we’ve been reading and discussing:
Most likely, coronavirus came from meat, though not officially confirmed
If you choose to eat meat and eggs, they must be cooked thoroughly, and these are recommendations you will find on the official WHO website. It is, however, perfect timing to try out a vegetarian way of eating, at least for health reasons.
Surely there are many other theories and rumours about the origins of the virus. This article from ScienceMag collected responses from scientists concerning the speculations about where the coronavirus came from.
Essential oils and coconut oil won’t heal you, and most probably won’t protect you either
There’ve been a lot of speculations about the magical virus cure with different types of oils. While we at Happy Bellyfish are the biggest promoters of food as medicine, in this case, the claims are completely unfounded. Washing your hands and staying away from sick people will definitely help. And it brings me to the next point.
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Strengthening the immune system by all possible and suitable means is more important than ever
This statement is true when it comes to any viruses and diseases because strong immunity will determine your ability to withstand the virus. As this article states, “Those most at risk are the elderly or patients with pre-existing conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.”
While other precautions (like extra hygiene) are absolutely necessary, our immune system is something we can take control of.
Healthy eating is utterly important for the health and strength of our bodies. Also, we published a list of Immune System Boosters From Different Countries, and shared an example of an immune-boosting salad on our Instagram.
Of course, it’s not just about food, so make sure you get enough quality sleep, don’t over exhaust yourself, move outdoors and take extra care of your lifestyle.
What to stock if you are quarantined
It might so happen, especially if you are a Traveller, that you end up isolated in your house for some time, as it’s been the case with thousands of people across the globe already. Again, there is no need to panic, but having some supplies prepared would be a great idea, especially if you are in an affected region.
So what to stock when it comes to food? Canned foods seem to be the most popular item, but as we assume there will be no shortage of energy for cooking, we recommend to stock on healthier things that last, as well. First of all, beans and lentils, healthy grains (quality rice, oats, buckwheat, millet, etc.), healthy flours (could be high time to learn how to make bread), seeds, nuts, frozen vegetables, spices. Making some fermented foods ahead can also be helpful both for your immunity and your taste buds.
Stocking on healthy items like these is generally a useful thing to do even when there is no pandemic, and we talk about it in the Meal Planning section of our Healthy Cooking Bootcamp. All these foods can be stored forever and will give you the necessary energy, nutrition, and satisfaction to your taste buds.