- How Care Teams Can Help Consumers Improve their Nutrition
March 20 2014 by Kathy Swiderski
I remember visiting a consumer I support during lunch time, as her family was making a meal. I was able to learn about their cultural preferences and traditions and see the types of foods in their diet. They have a limited income, but they find ways to add fresh ingredients to their meals, like growing their own tomatoes in their garden. This family was already finding their own ways to balance their diets, but they struggled to cut back on some of their staple, high-carb foods. Through the support of a care team, we helped them see the importance of portion control, which has helped them eat better without depriving them of their favorite foods.
- Understanding Diabetic Neuropathy
March 20 2014 by Rachael Lee McCowen
Diabetes often has no recognizable symptoms. I have frequently heard people say, "I think my blood sugar is a little high," or, "I think my doctor said I might be pre-diabetic," without fully understanding the impact elevated blood sugar has on their bodies. They continue to consume chips, soft drinks, and sugary cereals on a daily basis. Although they may not be feeling the impact directly, high (or even moderately high) blood sugar can cause long-term problems...
- 10 Tips for Elders to Meet Their Nutrition Goals
March 19 2014 by Kathy Swiderski
Elders who have diabetes, heart disease, or a weight loss goal may be on a nutrition plan. People who suffer from arthritis or fibromyalgia should also pay close attention to their nutrition because they may not get enough exercise. Before making any changes to diet or activity level, it is always advised that people consult with their primary care physicians to plan the right approach. In many cases, a physician may refer people to a nutritionist. Some benefits to practicing better nutrition include improved health, increased energy, and weight loss.