Healthy Eating Tips for COVID-19 Patients To Keep Up Their Energy While Fasting

18 March 2022

In April, Muslims will perform fasting in the whole month of Ramadan and it will certainly be a little challenging for those infected with COVID-19 to fulfill the responsibilities of the third pillar of Islam.

In this regard, Ooi Jee Cheng, Dietitian at Sunway Medical Centre, Sunway City, suggested meal tips for newly recovered COVID-19 patients to increase their energy levels when fasting during Ramadan.

“Make sure you practise the healthy plate concept, quarter-quarter-half - quarter of protein, quarter of carbohydrates and half of non-starchy vegetables.

"To increase energy, you are advised to eat healthier foods such as fruits, a handful of nuts, and yoghurt or milk," she said.

She added that although adequate food intake for COVID-19 recovered patients is a bit challenging, it is recommended to take meals in small quantities regularly to meet the nutrient needs of the body.

Adequate intake of high-fibre foods such as legumes, grains, fruits and vegetables are encouraged to give a feeling of fullness during fasting and slow down hunger after suhoor.

Hydration is crucial for post COVID-19 patients. Therefore, make sure to take plenty of liquids especially those that contain protein. For example, soy milk, low fat milk and cereal-based drinks when breaking fast.

Meanwhile, another Dietetian at Sunway Medical Centre, Brenda Chong Mei Qi also shared the best meal tips that COVID-19 patients should take during their quarantine period:

  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of plain water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Avoid spicy or high fat foods to prevent upset stomach.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables for antioxidants and fibre.
  • Choose whole grain products for high fibre content to prevent constipation.
  • Food higher in protein such as fish, chicken, meat, beans, nuts, soy products, milk and dairy products to strengthen your immunity and retain your muscle.
  • Beware of food portions and do not skip main meals.