There’s no cure right now for coronavirus and the best way to fight it off is to increase your resistance. And that means eating healthy to boost your immunity.
I’ve built my little Green Drink and Cleanse/Detox empire over the last decade in part by telling people what to eat. A big reason why I created my Making Cleansing Easier Cookbook along with all the other Healthy Eating Resources you get when you’re on a Green Drink Plan is because when I first started Chef V, I was asked the question so many times, “Hey Veronica, what should I eat?”
But I’ve never had to write about eating to resist a deadly virus.
More than anything, you need to keep eating healthy. When you’re stuck at home and bored, you start eating more. I think a lot of people over-bought food and not necessarily what they eat on a normal basis.
Don’t buy what you don’t normally eat. Don’t stock up on cookies and chips and snacks but stick to healthy choices. If you don’t eat junk food normally you shouldn’t be eating it now.
Time for spring cleaning your body
While some people are going the snack route, a surprising number of people are saying “this is the best time to do a 21 day detox – I’m stuck inside, I don’t want to eat a bunch of crap, so why don’t I have it all delivered to me for 3 weeks and make a huge change in my health.”
I think that’s sort of genius, and we’ve not advertised it, but so many people have been ordering a Detox or Cleanse from us.
Right now is a great time to cleanse – people are cleansing their houses, spring cleaning their surroundings, and it all fits together – spring cleansing to nourish your body and boost immunity. Plus while you are “sheltering in place”, you get everything you need for a 3 week Detox delivered to your door.
Suggestions for “Sheltering In Place” Meals
I’m going to provide you with some healthy eating tips to build your immunity, focused on what you have available in your kitchen. First, though, let me start with the obvious….
It is vital that you make sure that you are getting fresh healthy vegetables, salads, plant-based foods that help boost your immunity. Make sure you include foods that are naturally anti-viral and anti-fungal like ginger, garlic, cinnamon, yogurt, apple cider vinegar, and onions. These foods fight bacteria and viruses.
People might come in contact with coronavirus even if they are following all the rules. By eating healthy and adding natural antivirals, I think they have the best chance of having a mild case.
What is a Healthy Meal
Let me give you some general guidelines for what I consider a healthy meal. Before I give you some concrete ingredients, let’s cover the key elements of a healthy meal. As a certified nutritional therapist, here’s what I consider essential criteria for a healthy lunch:
- It’s nutrient dense
- It keeps you full for hours (no snack needed in between lunch and dinner)
- Fills your belly but doesn’t bloat it
- Doesn’t make you feel tired after eating
- Doesn’t make you crave carbs or a sugary snack after eating
In order to achieve all these goals, here are the 4 general things that you’ll need:
- A low-starch grain
- Low-starch vegetables
- Lean, high-quality protein (organic, grass-fed, wild)
- Healthy natural fat
Although everybody is different, most people do well when they have the following ratio of the above 4 components of a healthy lunch:
- 2-3 fist-size scoops of healthy grains
- Half a dinner-plate size of veggies
- 1-2 fist-size portions of lean protein
- 1-2 tablespoons of oil and/or a quarter of an avocado (the healthy fats)
Let’s create a simple recipe:
- Quinoa, brown rice, wild rice, 100% whole wheat couscous, millet, amaranth, buckwheat
- Steamed or lightly stir-fried broccoli and/or any other low-starch veggies like asparagus, cauliflower, etc.
- Organic chicken, wild salmon, free-range bison, etc.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Herbs and spices to taste
Fill a bowl with the grain, season the veggies and protein with herbs and spices and pile on top of the grain, drizzle on some olive oil, and voila, a delicious meal.
For a healthy salad option, heck out my Super Food Power Salad, shown below.
Making Healthy Meals Easy
Until the coronavirus, people used to say to me: “But Chef V, ain’t nobody got time to make meals like that every single day!” And you know what? You were absolutely right. But how things have changed! Now you have the free time to make the meals you need to keep your immune system at its best.
You can improve the way your body processes your food by the way you eat it. Instead of gulping down a meal at work, you can now eat your meals slowly, concentrating on nothing but the repeated act of chewing, meditating on how each bite tastes.
Brandon and I are eating a lot of salads (and we sneak in a slice of pizza every few days). We are still busy with the business so I’ve been making my favorite Mason Jar Salads. You can make a week’s worth and put them in the fridge.
With more time on your hands, check out the recipes on my blog. All are time tested, super healthy, and delicious.