While recovering from COVID-19 (coronavirus), it is important to eat and drink well. This will boost your immune system and help you to regain your strength.
If you have a good appetite
Your diet should be healthy and balanced if you:
• are otherwise feeling well
• have a good appetite (desire to eat food)
• have not lost any weight
Healthy, balanced diet
Every day, you should eat regular meals that include:
• protein such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, or nuts
• dairy such as milk, yoghurt, cheese, or dairy alternatives
• wholemeal cereals and bread, potatoes, pasta or rice
• fruit and vegetables
Aim to limit fat, salt and sugar in your diet.
If you have a reduced appetite
After COVID-19, you may have a reduced appetite. This is normal after certain illnesses.
• feel full soon after you have started eating
• feel like skipping meals
• have lost some weight without trying to
While your appetite is reduced, you should follow a diet that is high in protein energy. This is also called a nourishing diet. It will help you get enough nourishment for your recovery and prevent weight loss.
Even if you are overweight and trying to lose weight, this is not the best time to do so. Try to stay the same weight until you are fully recovered.
When you are recovered and your weight is stable, you can return to the healthy, balanced diet above.
Tips for mealtimes
To help your recovery:
• eat little and often – 3 smaller meals and 3 snacks every day is recommended
• make sure you are sitting in an upright, comfortable position when eating
• allow time for eating – you may have to eat at a slower pace
• eat nourishing foods that you enjoy
• get some fresh air before eating a meal – this may help to increase your appetite