Reflections of COPD/Asthma – ‘Bringing Stability to a COPD/Asthma Life’, Set 6 = Nutrition

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I am one of those that has been given the honor of traveling life with the companionship of COPD and severe Asthma.

While the honor is many times pushed by the frustration and battle with those companions, I have over time come to grips that it is what it is and I must make the best of it.

I knew I must learn more about this companion the medical folks call COPD and severe Asthma, so I have read about, ask questions about it and spent time nearly every day scouring the internet for information, articles and more.

I also knew it is good to share, so as a writer I decided what better way to share what I am learning and finding than through informational, inspirational and personal writings about my travels with COPD and severe Asthma.

This is part of an on-going series we call ‘Reflections of COPD/Asthma and today we give you set six of a six-part set called ‘Bringing Stability to a COPD/Asthma Life’.

BRINGING STABILITY TO A LIFE WITH COPD/ASTHMA – –

One of the most important things a person can do when doing battle with COPD and/or Asthma is to bring a sense of stability within those daily battles and travels.

There are six simple areas which seem to stand out as important for building stability within a life with COPD and/or Asthma and they are – exercising, avoiding sickness, sleep and rest, knowing yourself, social contact, and nutrition.

Stability, Set – 6 – – NUTRITION

Possible as important as any of the six areas we’ve posted in bringing and keeping stability in your life would have to be NUTRITION, in other words – what you eat and drink day in and day out to keep the mechanical side of your life and body, keeping it stoked to produce all you do each and every day.

But don’t just think that feeding on anything will work, because as most of you that battle the diseases of COPD and/or severe Asthma already know, it does not work like that at all – nope, you must remember to constantly keep track of your eating to make sure you are eating the right foods.

Eating and drinking the right foods and liquids will keep the proper nutrients in your body to fuel it in the best possible way without causing a problem with any of the functions you plan to be doing.

Our body will be kept running properly when it gets the proper mixture of proteins, vitamins and carbohydrates by grabbing food fuel from a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, lean meats and dairy products.  Many of us will find it necessary as well to through in a daily multi-vitamin and possible a few other supplements when and if needed.

While battling COPD and/or severe Asthma, we need to keep a balanced diet while also avoiding those foods which may possible irritate our lung conditions.  Most of us with COPD and/or Asthma know that we should be checking with our physician and pulmonologist for any recommendations on what we may or may not have in our diets so not to aggravate our diseases.

Unfortunately, eating can and most likely will be a very individual challenge to keep as we each have different tastes and likes in what we may eat, plus a diet that works for even the guy next door will not guarantee success for yourself.

The important thing is to remember that while other sections we have touched on about bringing stability to your living with COPD and/or severe Asthma, the nutrition you take in daily is possible the most important because we all need to eat and drink to survive, which means we all need to learn what does and does not work to keep stability in your life with COPD and/or Asthma while eating to survive.

REFLECTION QUESTION – – What works for you in eating and drinking to keep your body processing and producing a stable life each and every day of your battle with life, COPD and/or severe Asthma?

Looking for more about nutrition and its help in building stability in your life and battles with COPD/Asthma – then look back over wheezingaway.com and take notice of the recently run 10-part series on ‘COPD and Nutrition’.

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.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – reprint or use by written permission only.)

To follow more postings written by Mr. William, feel free to check out either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.

(Information used is gathered from a various number of books, magazines and websites followed and read by Mr. William.)

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Reflections of COPD/Asthma – ‘Nutrition’, Part 10

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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 finish up our ten-part series on Nutrition by talking about some general observations and principals to eating properly and keeping ‘nutrition’ at the forefront of our battle against COPD and/or Asthma.

Why is ‘nutrition’ important, because it is vitally important for any person with COPD and/or Asthma and we must remember that ‘nutrition’ is more than just a proper diet, it will also help in protecting the lung function needed for breathing.

Remember that you should always consider your choices wisely.

People with COPD are often given dietary recommendations and these will almost always include choices of plenty from plant sources.

From these plant sources, a person’s choices will include vegetables and fruits, beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains.

One should always try and choose foods that are high in fiber and complex carbohydrates. These foods would include fruits and grains which are also low in saturated fat and trans-fat.

Outside of your vegetable sources, one must also have their meat and beans group which should always include four distinct parts – those being fish and poultry, eggs, nuts and dried beans, plus red meat.  All four of these groups are good, solid sources of protein from diverse sources.

Another note to remember is that reducing red meat in your diet/nutrition choices will help you lower the amount of saturated fats you take in.

A person should also remember that those high omega-3 fatty acids are always important as part of a healthy diet/nutrition program and these sources would include salmon, sardines, and other ‘fatty’ fish.

While this ends our ten-part series on ‘nutrition’, we will continue to talk nutrition beyond the diet and meals themselves in future postings because of the constant reminder that is necessary to protect our system in the battles with COPD/Asthma by knowing how to take care of it.

REFLECTION QUESTION – What does your regular diet or nutrition say about your willingness to fight your COPD and/or Asthma from all possible angles?

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.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – reprint or use by written permission only.)

To follow more postings written by Mr. William, feel free to check out either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.

(Information used is gathered from a various number of books, magazines and websites followed and read by Mr. William.)

Reflections of COPD/Asthma – ‘Nutrition’, Part 9

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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.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – reprint or use by written permission only.)

To follow more postings written by Mr. William, feel free to check out either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.

(Information used is gathered from a various number of books, magazines and websites followed and read by Mr. William.)

Reflections of COPD/Asthma – ‘Nutrition’, Part 8 is ‘Food Safety’

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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 ‘Food Safety’ with the eighth of a ten-part series on ‘Nutrition’.

With the outdoor grilling season going full speed ahead, it is a great time to have a 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 clean hands, food preparation surfaces and all fruits/vegetables.

}} You should NEVER wash or rinse meat and poultry.

}} When shopping, preparing or storing any foods – ALWAYS separate raw, cooked and ready-to-eat food items.

}} ALWAYS cook foods to a safe temperature – this is how you kill any microorganisms.

}} ALWAYS chill foods that are perishable properly.

}} ALWAYS defrost food properly – do not take shortcuts.

}} AVOID unpasteurized milk or any product made from unpasteurized milk.

}} AVOID raw or partially cooked eggs and/or foods containing them.

}} AVOID raw or undercooked meat and poultry.

}} AVOID unpasteurized juices.

‘COPD Travels’ will continue talking nutrition beyond the diet/meal itself with upcoming discussions on areas involving food safety and physical conditioning.

REFLECTION QUESTION – Since being diagnosed with a chronic illness, have you changed your routine when cooking either indoors or outdoors?

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.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – reprint or use by written permission only.)

To follow more postings written by Mr. William, feel free to check out either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.

(Information used is gathered from a various number of books, magazines and websites followed and read by Mr. William.)

Reflections of COPD/Asthma – ‘Nutrition’, Part 7 is ‘Sodium & Potassium’

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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 ‘Sodium & Potassium’ with the seventh of a ten-part series on ‘Nutrition’.

‘Nutrition’ is vitally important for any person with COPD as having a proper diet will go a long way in protecting the lung function needed for breathing.

Dealing with Sodium and Potassium – –

}} Try to consume less than 1 teaspoon or 2,300 mg of sodium per day.

}} Make your diet salt-less except what is already in most processed foods.

}} Prepare foods with little salt and choose to eat potassium-rich foods which would include fruits and vegetables.  Consider finding alternatives for salt in recipes, such as using seasonings from the Mrs. Dash collection.

}} Remember that salt found in salt shakers is made up of sodium and chloride.

}} Remember that excess salt can even make it more difficult to have an efficient kidney.

}} Watching sodium intake daily is vitally important especially if you have problems beyond just your lungs like high blood pressure, heart problems or are taking any kind of steroids.

‘COPD Travels’ will continue talking nutrition beyond the diet/meal itself with upcoming discussions on areas involving food safety and physical conditioning.

REFLECTION QUESTION – Do you have any special methods to help watch the amount of sodium and potassium within your diet?

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.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – reprint or use by written permission only.)

To follow more postings written by Mr. William, feel free to check out either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.

(Information used is gathered from a various number of books, magazines and websites followed and read by Mr. William.)

Reflections of COPD/Asthma – ‘Nutrition’, Part 6 is ‘Carbs’

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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 ‘Carbs’ with the sixth of a ten-part series on ‘Nutrition’.

‘Nutrition’ is vitally important for any person with COPD as having a proper diet will go a long way in protecting the lung function needed for breathing.

Deal with carbohydrates with some of these key ideas –

}} Choosing fiber-rich vegetables with nearly every meal.

}} Choosing fiber-rich fruits with every meal.

}} Choosing fiber-rich grains often.

}} Prepare foods by choosing ingredients and beverages with little added sugar or sweetners.

}} Always consider guided amounts from the USDA Food Guide.

}} Try following “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension” or what is called the DASH eating plan.

}} Seldom eat and/or drink foods and beverages which contain sugar and starch.

We will continue the CrossDove Writer’s series on Nutrition in future postings as we always need to have as much information as possible to fight our own individual battles with our own COPD.

Remember that most diets/nutritional ideas will work depending on what an individual’s nutritional and physical needs may be.

REFLECTION QUESTION – What do you do to control the carbs that you take in when eating?

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.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – reprint or use by written permission only.)

To follow more postings written by Mr. William, feel free to check out either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.

(Information used is gathered from a various number of books, magazines and websites followed and read by Mr. William.)

REFLECTIONS OF COPD/ASTHMA – ‘NUTRITION’, PART 5 IS ‘FATS’

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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 ‘Fats’ with the fifth of a ten-part series on ‘Nutrition’.

More basics to nutrition that we all need to remember are:

Fats – healthy recommendations:

}} Keep trans fatty acid eating as low as possible.

}} Consume less than 10% of calories from saturated fatty acids.

}} Eat less than 300 mg. per day of cholesterol.

}} Make sure that most of the fat eaten is from sources of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. (Examples of these would be fish, nuts and vegetable oils.)

}} Keep total fat intake between 20-35% of calories.

}} Always choose lean, low-fat and fat-free meat, poultry, cry beans and milk/milk products.

}} Always limit intake of fats and oils that would be high in saturated and/or trans fatty acids.

}} Always choose products low in these same type of fats.

REFLECTION QUESTION – What good fats do you use in your daily eating to stay healthy while battling your own individual battle with COPD and/or Asthma?

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.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – reprint or use by written permission only.)

To follow more postings written by Mr. William, feel free to check out either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.

(Information used is gathered from a various number of books, magazines and websites followed and read by Mr. William.)