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COVID-19 and Nutrition

Dietitians of Canada and dietitians across the country have been asked a number of questions about nutrition and dietary issues related to the COVID-19 / Coronavirus outbreak.

It is important to receive information from credible, trustworthy sources during this time. Dietitians are regulated health professionals committed to providing evidence-based advice and information that is tailored to your personal needs and challenges. To learn more visit the Dieitians of Canada's Advice for the general public about COVID-19.

Nutrition and your immune system

No specific food, supplements, detoxes or cleanses will prevent you from catching COVID-19. You can however support normal functioning of the immune system with a well-balanced diet following recommendations of Canada’s Food Guide. Include beans and lentils, nuts and seeds, fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet. 

If you are self-isolating and especially if you have symptoms, it is important to maintain good nutrition and hydration. Make sure you are eating and drinking regularly, even if you have a low appetite.

At this time, it makes sense to stock up on non-perishable food items so that you do not need to go shopping if you become sick, but avoid panic buying. Use frozen and canned foods to help reduce the number of visits you need to make to the grocery store. Having these supplies on hand will ensure you do not need to leave your home at the peak of the outbreak, if you need to self-isolate, or if you become ill.

Resources

COVID-19 resources

Pantry meals

Grocery shopping

Order ahead and get your groceries and supplies delivered.

  • Order groceries online from Atlantic Superstore or Walmart for pickup
  • Order groceries for delivery using the Instacart app on your phone. Several stores including Walmart, Atlantic Superstore, Costco, and Shoppers Drug Mart offer delivery for a small fee
  • If you have an Amazon Prime account you can order many staple items like peanut butter, oats, granola bars, nuts, etc. Check out our dietitian’s grocery staples list for suggestions
  • Strawberry Hill Market - Order groceries online for delivery or pick up

Staying active at home

Eating disorders

If you are struggling with an eating disorder the NEDIC helpline chat has remained open.  Do not hesitate to reach out if you need it.

Check out this list of 35 strategies to prevent binge eating.