PART 3 – REVIEWING THE FOOD GROUPS!!!
By William for wheezingaway.com
(ALWAYS REMEMBER – A person without good breathing, is a person with a life of constant caution’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can. – William)
As I continue my own walk-through life with a chronic illness, I will continue working with the belief that those who have a constant battle with any chronic illness should always have the mindset that educating themselves about their chronic illness and/or disability and all that goes with it – will never end!
For me, the battle I have are with severe Asthma, Stage III COPD, Fatigue, and a chronic heart condition. Each of these battles provide a need for different ranges of reading and educating so that I will know what my battle is and how those battles may play out in my life depending on the knowledge and skill level that I design to fight or work with each of these chronic illness situations.
Writing my blogs for wheezingaway.com, I always try to keep the mindset of wanting to help educate both myself and others with every word that I may write.
My on-going series of blogs called ‘Reflections’, is one which I continue to try and share materials which may help or benefit others in the daily battles with whatever chronic illness and/or disability they may be walking with in their life travels.
TODAY, we present you with part three of a 10-part series referencing the importance of ‘NUTRITION’.
Let us get back to some of the BASICS OF NUTRITION, you know, the ones that we all need to remember.
Those BASICS OF NUTRITION are:
- We should choose a food from each food group for each meal we partake of – because each group has nutritional values that other groups will not have.
- MEAT & BEANS – meats and beans will provide nutritional value in protein, iron, phosphorus, B12, copper and zinc.
- MILK PRODUCTS – milk (or dairy) products will provide nutritional value in protein, calcium, phosphorous, riboflavin and B12.
- FRUITS – a variety of fruits will help provide much needed proper carbohydrates, fiber, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and folic acid.
- VEGETABLES – eating a variety of vegetables will help provide nutritional value with fiber, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, folic acid and with very few carbohydrates plus orange vegetables are a solid source of carotene.
- GRAINS – making sure some grains are in your diet will help nutritionally by providing carbohydrates, plus if the starchy food is made from whole grain it should contain needed B vitamins and fiber. Remember that if the grains have been refined then they are required to add-on such things as riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, iron, and folic acid.
- OILS – oils and what they call discretionary calories will provide (as no surprise to anyone) fat, but also vitamin A when fat is from Butter, cream cheese, or sour cream. You will get vitamin E from nuts, olive oils or oils not hydrogenated such as peanut butter.
Those are the basics of nutrition and many of these may be touched upon more than once in our ten-part series because they are all highly important in our battles with any chronic illness and/or disability, a fact I know is true in fighting my COPD and severe asthma.
TODAY’S QUESTION OF REFLECTION:
- What of these basic nutritional tidbits or food groups are you using and finding the most effective in your individual battles with chronic illness and/or disability?
We look forward to hearing your response/feedback to our questions and postings. Feel free to leave comments under the comment section of wheezingaway.com. Thanx.
Hopefully, many of you folks will end up pulling from some of these nutritional and diet discussions while finding something that may work for yourself and your battles.
What one will get out of this series will largely depend on what your individual, nutritional, and physical needs may be in your battles.
SOMETHING WE ALWAYS STRESS – If you have a chronic illness and/or disease, then you must always stay attuned and alert to any and all new or previous knowledge that will offer any glimpses of hope and faith of getting through one’s own battles with that chronic illness and/or disease.
AS ALWAYS (Because I fight COPD) – If you or anyone you know may have any symptoms involving lung and breathing issues or functionality, and those symptoms linger over and over while disrupting your daily living, then please start asking questions and get it checked out with your regular physician or a pulmonologist!
With that, I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing.
NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of living with a chronic illness and/or disease, and in no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical advice. If you have questions about what we have posted, then ask your physician and/or medical specialist about it.
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