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We’ve been hearing a lot about preparation recently, but it is difficult to figure out the best way to prepare when there is an undercurrent of fear and uncertainty. We’ve seen what not to do (like panic buy toilet paper), but what actually makes sense?
To prepare in a thoughtful way, stock your kitchen. Containing the spread of any illness is much easier if you don’t have to make a grocery store run every time you cook dinner.
Remember that for both prevention and treatment, it’s important to rest, stay hydrated, and eat as nutritiously as you can. Resist the urge to buy anything that promises to boost your immune system, including the perennial favorite vitamin C.
Reasonable advice from places like Harvard include keeping a 2-4 week supply of nonperishable food, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have tasty and nutritious choices. Because we’re not preparing for a power outage, feel free to stock your freezer and fill your fridge with foods you will look forward to eating. Although it’s tempting to buy enough frozen pizza to last a few weeks, your future self will thank you if you have more variety.
Purchase the food you normally eat while trying to include veggies, fruits, protein, and whole grains. Here are some ideas for each group:
Before you head out to the store, check your supply of oil, vinegar, broth, herbs, and spices so you can create something tasty with your well-stocked kitchen.
If you feel comfortable with your own food supply, now may be a good time to consider donating to places like The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Feeding America, or Meals on Wheels so they are even better equipped to get food to those who need it.
Take care and wash your hands.
Meredith is a registered dietitian who teaches nutrition classes, offers one-on-one nutrition counseling, and develops education material. She is passionate about explaining nutrition research and helping people incorporate sustainable changes in their lives. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their two young children, and their middle-aged pets.
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