By William for

(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, 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 eight of a 10-part series referencing the importance of ‘NUTRITION’.

The discussion we will have today is about ‘FOOD SAFETY’.

‘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.

With the outdoor grilling season going full speed during this time of the year, it is a great time to have that discussion and/or reminder on some very key recommendations for ‘FOOD SAFETY’, especially since having a chronic illness leaves us very much open as an easy target for any airborne or foodborne problems.

  • ALWAYS keep the hands clean, food preparation surfaces spotless and sanitized, and please remember to wash all fruits and vegetables before using/cooking them.
  • You should NEVER wash or rinse meat and/or poultry before cooking and especially never in a sink.
  • When shopping, preparing, or storing any foods – ALWAYS separate raw, cooked and ready-to-eat food items.
  • Be sure to always check the out-of-date marks on any purchased food and REMEMBER to rotate any collections of such foods with the later out-of-date items always toward the back.
  • ALWAYS cook foods to a safe temperature – this is how one kills any microorganisms.
  • ALWAYS properly chill foods that are considered perishable.
  • ALWAYS defrost food properly and do not take shortcuts as they will only encourage dangerous microorganisms.
  • AVOID unpasteurized mile or any product made from unpasteurized milk.
  • AVOID raw or partially cooked eggs and/or foods that may contain them.
  • AVOID raw or undercooked meat and/or poultry.
  • AVOID unpasteurized juices.

‘COPD Travels’ will continue talking nutrition beyond the diet/meal itself with our final two sessions on nutrition when we talk about the food pyramid and an overall review.

PLEASE NOTE & 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.



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 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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