When I began my travels and battles with COPD/Asthma I knew that it was important to learn what and when I could to better understand as much about COPD and Asthma so I would always be up to date as to what I was up against.
I also felt that as a member of the COPD/Asthma nation, it was important to continually share information that may possible help even one other person in their own battles with COPD/Asthma.
With that, ‘Reflections of COPD/Asthma’ will cover a variety of topics to help both inform and refresh the knowledge of all that goes with battling COPD and/or Asthma.
Today we discuss or refresh your knowledge about ‘Recommendations for a Food Pyramid for those mid-50 or older’ with the ninth of a ten-part series on ‘Nutrition’.
‘Nutrition’ is vitally important for any person with COPD and remembering that ‘nutrition’ is more than just a proper diet will go a long way in protecting the lung function needed for breathing.
Let’s take a look at a representation of a general daily food plan based on the old Food pyramid concept and recommended for a mid-50 year old with COPD:
— Whole grain foods like bread, cereals, pasta and rice) >> 7 oz. daily
— Vegetables >> 2 cups daily
— Fruits >> 2 cups daily
— Milk (and/or cheese, yogurt) >> 3 cups daily
— Fish (hopefully with high omega-3 content) and poultry, eggs, nuts and dried beans >> 6 oz. daily
— Red meat >> very sparingly
— Oils >> use in moderation and preferably not more than 6 teaspoons daily
— Butter, sweets, white rice, white bread alcohol >> very sparingly and as optional calories only
— REMEMBER >> The USDA recommends that the daily calorie intake be 15% protein, 30% fat and 55% carbohydrates
Having COPD can possible affect how your body metabolizes food, if that happens be sure to adjust your diet accordingly by reviewing any dietary with a health care team on a periodic basis.
This periodic review is extremely important, especially if you have any unplanned weight gain or loss.
‘COPD Travels’ will continue talking nutrition beyond the diet/meal itself with upcoming discussions on areas involving food safety and physical conditioning.
REFLECTION QUESTION – With COPD and/or Asthma, is there any adjustments you have had to make with the old concept ‘Food Pyramid’ within your own eating and dietary habits or routine?
If you would like to reflect your response to others, please leave them under the comment section of wheezingaway.com. Thanx.
As always, if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.
ALWAYS REMEMBER > A person without good breathing, is a person without a good life’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.
NOTE TO REMEMBER: We only give descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.
With that I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.
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(Information used is gathered from a various number of books, magazines and websites followed and read by Mr. William.)