Your Anti-COVID-19 Menu – WHAT TO EAT NOW!
Delight Gluten Free|December 2020
Every day, as we learn more and more about what makes the COVID-19 virus tick, we also learn more about what we can do to minimize our exposure and stay safe. Though we haven’t fully cracked the code and the end of the pandemic still feels a long way off, we do understand the three most important things we can do right now to protect ourselves: tame the inflammation the virus takes advantage of; get underlying health problems under control; eat to feed the good bacteria in your gut so they can keep your immune system operating at its absolute peak.
Dr. Frank Lipman

Not paying attention can have dire consequences. For example, the New york Times just reported on a new study of thousands of hospitalized coronavirus patients in the New york City area which found that nearly all of them had at least one major chronic health condition, and most — 88 percent — had at least two. Whatever the diagnosis, an unhealthy metabolism is usually lurking behind it. Even if you don’t have a severe metabolic disorder like diabetes, consider that about a third of americans have a vulnerable metabolism, or ‘metabolic syndrome,’ defined by the Mayo Clinic as a cluster of conditions including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels. I urge you to focus on getting these problems under control right away. There’s no time to waste, particularly if there are more COVID-19 spikes in the months ahead (which seems fairly likely). Simply put, what you eat matters. Granted, eating crap has never been a good idea, but now, a diet loaded with sugar, processed foods, starchy foods, factory-farmed animals and pesticide-laden produce is riskier than ever.

Here are few thoughts on how to ‘let food be thy medicine,’ and where to start:

SUGAR IS YOUR ENEMY, AND A FRIEND TO VIRUSES.

While some people may tolerate carbs a bit better than others, nobody does well with a high-sugar diet which is what you’re buying into if you’re eating lots of processed and junk foods. The more sugar and starch you eat, the more insulin your body has to produce to get the sugar out of the blood and into your cells. Over time, the cells grow resistant to all that insulin, or “insulin resistant,” which sends your body down the inflammation highway. The last stop? Diabetes. But even garden-variety higher-than-normal blood sugar compromises your immune system and likely makes your body more vulnerable to microbial invaders, including COVID. What’s the answer? First step would be to trade sugar, processed foods, and grains for moderate amounts of fiber-rich whole food carbs like sweet potatoes, beans or root veggies. But if you are carbohydrate intolerant or have metabolic syndrome or maybe just getting older, you may well have to slash these what we consider healthy foods to a minimum as well.

KEEP YOUR GUT STRONG, AND YOUR BODY WELL-DEFENDED.

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