Most of you reading this probably fought the COVID battle yourself or know of someone who did. And even though you are not sick anymore, your body must do some serious recovery, and you might still struggle with some post-covid symptoms. Post-COVID fatigue is one of the more common struggles left behind after the Coronavirus storm. And the thing that makes this symptom so difficult, is the fact that you cannot see it. Therefore, you can easily overdo it, or people might expect more from you because you are supposed to be better by now. But all of a sudden daily tasks might seem overwhelming, like cooking, shopping or even just getting dressed.
The first thing you can do for your post-COVID fatigue is to realize that it is a real thing, it is not just in your head. Rest well, be kind to yourself and ensure that are getting enough sleep every night. It is also important to be mindfully active, meaning that you gently increase your activity level, but also listen to your body to ensure that you do not overdo it.
Nutrition also plays an extremely important role in your recovery journey. For the past couple of weeks, you might have noticed some changes that could have influenced your eating habits, like losing your appetite, changes in your taste and smell, shortness of breath and just feeling too ill and exhausted to eat. This can make meeting your nutritional needs difficult, which can delay your healing process and worsens the fatigue.
Your body needs energy and nutrients for optimal recovery. Eating well and including enough energy and protein-rich foods in your diet, helps with rebuilding muscles, supports the immune system and helps you with energy to combat the fatigue and do more of your daily activities. For more information on nutrition and our immune system, be sure to read our previous article on this topic!
Now with all of that said, how do you practically eat in a way that will support your recovery when you do not even have the energy to think about food? Here are some quick tips:
- Eat small, regular meals. This will provide you with good energy and will not overwhelm you if you do struggle with a low appetite.
- If you are struggling to eat, focus on energy-dense foods like peanut butter, nuts, seeds, yoghurt, milk, eggs. Smoothies are a great option to up your nutrient intake.
- Keep meals quick and easy and plan your meals so that you do not have to use extra energy to think about what to eat.
- Drink at least 2 L of water a day.
- Limit your sugar and caffeine intake, even if it is tempting. Your body might crave these two energy spikers, because it is a quick source of energy, but it is not the most sustainable source, and will just worsen your fatigue.
For more practical advice, make sure to join our webinar where we will discuss:
- How to add nutrients to your diet if you do not feel like eating.
- Quick and easy recipe ideas for those days where you just do not have the energy.
- How to shop when you are feeling drained.