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  • Apr 21, 2020

Pandemic Eating

Do you have questions about food during the COVID-19 pandemic?

CHA nutritionist, Amy Eldridge, MS, RDN, LDN, helps us by answering common questions.

I lost my job. Where can I get food to feed my family?

There is help. You may be eligible for CHA WIC (Women, Infants and Children). It’s for pregnant women or for families with a child under the age of five. You also may be able to get SNAP -- the Supplemental Nutrition Program. Local governments have expanded school lunch programs. Contact your child’s school to learn more. You can also find local food support at CHA Connect.

Can I get COVID-19 from food?

There’s no evidence you can get COVID-19 from food. It’s always a good idea to follow good food safety like washing all produce, cooking food thoroughly before eating and refrigerating it properly. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling food.

Can taking supplements prevent or cure COVID-19?

There is nothing that can cure COVID-19 at this time. The best protection is to avoid exposure. Stay safe by keeping six feet away from others, wearing a mask in public, washing hands and cleaning surfaces. Any supplement that offers cures or protection could be dangerous to your health. Until there’s a vaccine, the best approach is to avoid exposure and avoid supplements.

I seem to be eating my way through this pandemic. What can I do?

People eat for lots of reasons. Stress can change eating behaviors. It’s a difficult time and it’s not surprising that some people are eating differently.

  • Don’t be hard on yourself. But be aware of when and why you’re eating.
  • Try a free online class. Or take a walk outside, staying six feet away from others.
  • Buy snack foods that are crunchy and healthy like carrots, peppers, apples and other fruit. Try to include protein like nuts, nut-butters, seeds, or cheese. Sometimes it feels good to munch on something and these foods will give you that satisfying crunch.
  • Eat regular meals. Include lean or plant-based proteins, whole grains and healthy fats.

This won’t last forever, and you’ll get back to your regular eating. If you have more questions, send them to CHA Eating and Nutrition Questions and we’ll follow up with answers in future newsletters.

This articles provide general information for educational purposes only. The information provided in this article, or through linkages to other sites, is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in place of a visit, call consultation or the advice of your physician or other healthcare provider.

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