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 nine of a 10-part series referencing the importance of ‘NUTRITION’.

The discussion we will have today is about ‘RECOMMENDATIONS for a FOOD PYRAMID for thos MID-50 OR OLDER’.

“Nutrition” is vitally important for any person with a Chronic Illness and especially for those with a lung issue such as COPD or Severe Asthma.

We must all remember that ‘Nutrition’ is more than just a proper diet and that will go a long way in protecting the body and lung functions needed for breathing.

Today we will be taking a look at a representation of a general daily food plan that is based on the old ‘Food Pyramid’ concept and recommendations for those in their mid-50’s and older.

  • Whole grain foods like bread, cereals, pasta and rice = approximately 7 oz. per day.
  • Vegetables = approximately 2 cups per day.
  • Fruits = approximately 2 cups per day.
  • Milk and/or cheese or yogurt = approximately 3 cups per day.
  • Fish (hopefully those with high omega-3 content) and poultry, eggs, nuts, and dried beans = approximately 6 oz. per day.
  • Red Meat = very sparingly and in minimal moderation when eaten.
  • Oils = Use in moderation and preferably not more than 6 teaspoons per day.
  • Butter, sweets, white rice, white bread, alcohol = very sparingly and only as optional calories per day.
  • REMEMBER – The USDA recommends that the daily calorie intake be approximately 15% being proteins, 30% being fats, and 55% being carbohydrates.

Having a Chronic Illness and especially having COPD/Severe Asthma can possible affect how your body will metabolize food. If that happens, one must be sure to adjust your diet accordingly by reviewing any dietary with a health care team on a periodic basis.

Doing a periodic review is vitally important, especially for those with a Chronic Illness, and especially if you have or are finding periods of unplanned weight gain or loss.

We at ‘COPD Travels’ and ‘’ will continue to talk about nutrition beyond the diet/meal itself with our final session on ‘Nutrition’ with a 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.


  • With your Chronic Illness, is there any adjustments you have had to make with the original concept ‘Food Pyramid’ within your own eating and dietary habits, needs, and/or routines?

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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