PART 6 – TALKING ABOUT ‘CARBS’……
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 six of a 10-part series referencing the importance of ‘NUTRITION’.
The discussion we will have today is about ‘CARBS’.
‘Nutrition’ is vitally important for any person with any type of Chronic Illness and especially so if you are fighting COPD and/or Asthma because having a proper diet can and will go a long way in protecting and helping with the lung function needed for breathing.
One should consider trying to deal with carbohydrates by finding the key ‘good’ carbs when planning a diet or meal.
Among the kind of ‘carbs’ one should be looking to fit into their daily eating routines would be:
- Choosing fiber-rich vegetables to go with nearly every meal.
- Choosing fiber-rich fruits to go with nearly every meal or at least several times per day.
- Choosing those fiber-rich grains as often as possible.
- Preparing foods by choosing those type of ingredients and liquids that will have little added sugar or sweeteners.
- One should always consider following the guided amounts found within the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Food Guide if any questions arise.
- One should consider looking into and consider trying to follow the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) eating plan which is designed to help treat or prevent high blood pressure/hypertension.
- Remember to seldomly eat and/or drink foods and beverages which may contain sugars and starches.
A not here about the DASH eating plan – it was developed in research that was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health to help lower blood pressure without medication. The DASH diet encourages individuals to reduce the sodium in their diets while eating a variety of food that are rich in nutrients that help lower blood pressure such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
We will continue this series on Nutrition with four more postings as we always need to have as much information as possible about the how’s and why’s of what we eat and how they can directly effect our efforts to battle what ever Chronic Illness we may be battling.
Please note and remember that most diets/nutritional ideas will only work on what an individual’s nutritional and physical needs may be as well as the strength of the ‘I want to get better’ attitude found within one’s own mind, heart and soul.
TODAY’S REFLECTION QUESTION:
- What do you do to control the type of carbs that you take in when eating?
We look forward to hearing your response and/or feedback to our ‘Reflection Question’. If you would like to reflect your response to others, please leave a comment under the comment section of our posting at www.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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