Eating & Nutrition For Diseases
1 AnswerPearlPoint Cancer Support answeredIf you are being treated for cancer, it's important to eat small, frequent meals throughout the day. Eating frequent small meals will ensure that your body is getting enough calories, protein and nutrients to tolerate treatment. Smaller meals may also help to reduce treatment-related side effects such as nausea. Try eating five to six small meals or “mini” meals about every three hours.
1 AnswerAmerican Diabetes Association answeredHere are some tips for eating healthy at restaurants if you have diabetes:
- Don't be afraid to ask questions about the food.
- If your server doesn't know the answers, ask him to check with the chef. Here are some questions you might want to ask:
- Can the item be grilled or broiled instead of fried?
- Which dishes have more vegetables?
- Can a dish be stir-fried with less fat?
- Which soup is made with broth instead of cream?
- Can you get a baked potato, salad, or vegetables instead of fries?
- Choose items that are baked, broiled, grilled, or poached instead of fried. Watch for clues on the menu. "Crispy" or "breaded" means fried.
- Ask that sauces and salad dressings be served on the side. They add flavor but also add calories and fat.
- Dip your fork into sauces and salad dressings, then spear a piece of meat or lettuce for a little sauce or dressing with each bite. Use less sour cream or butter on your baked potato or vegetables.
- Order the smallest meat portion. A grilled chicken breast is a better choice than half a chicken. Or choose a filet instead of a 12-ounce steak. Order pasta from the appetizer list rather than the larger dinner portion. The smaller portion will save you fat, calories, and money.
- If portions are large, eat just half of your meal. Take home the rest for lunch another day. Put the extra portion in a take home box before you dig in.
- Think about splitting a dish with a friend. You can each order a salad and share a main course.
- Try ethnic cuisines for a new taste treat.
2 AnswersBeans, rice, tortillas, and chips are the most common foods that contain carbohydrates in the Mexican diet. Restaurants may “double-wrap” and serve tacos or burritos with two tortillas as opposed to one, so be aware that you may need to double your estimate of carbohydrate intake. Especially with tortillas, it’s easy to forget how many we eat with each meal, so remember to keep count! Tortillas come in lots of different sizes, but one 6-inch corn tortilla will provide 11 carbohydrates. As at any restaurant, seek out vegetables and lean protein sources that have been cooked with little added oils or frying.
1 AnswerDr. Mehmet Oz, MD , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
Calamari doesn't have to be a deep-fried, decadent treat. In fact, it's easy to make a healthy calamari dish with amazing cancer-fighting properties. You can learn how by watching this video featuring cancer researcher Dr. William Li, a guest on The Dr. Oz Show.
1 AnswerEmilia Klapp , Nutrition & Dietetics, answeredStrawberries dipped in chocolate are healthy for diabetics, as are other treats prepared with quality chocolate, meaning it does not have a high amount of sugar or sweet fillings. Chocolate powder containing 75% or more cocoa with no sugar has a low glycemic index of just 25, meaning glucose is released to the blood at a pace the body’s cells can handle. Dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa also is high in chromium, an essential mineral for diabetics because it helps correct glucose metabolism.
1 AnswerDr. Michael T. Murray, ND , Naturopathic Medicine, answeredMeat and poultry are the edible muscles, fat, and organs of animals. Meat usually comes from grass-eating mammals but may also come from reptiles and amphibians. Poultry is the meat of birds.
While moderate consumption of meat and animal products may be health promoting, there is no question that overconsumption of these foods is spurring a global epidemic of lifestyle diseases, such as heart attack, stroke, and cancer, as well as creating new pressures on land and water resources, contributing to water pollution, and exacerbating global warming.
1 AnswerDr. Michael T. Murray, ND , Naturopathic Medicine, answeredCalled the "Tree of Life," the date palm is said in Muslim legend to have been made from the dust that was left over after the creation of Adam, and it was probably the first cultivated tree in history, having been grown in the Holy Land for at least 8,000 years. Directions for the date palm's husbandry are recorded on sun-baked bricks made in Mesopotamia (Iraq) more than 5,000 years ago, and the date palm is often mentioned in the Bible and in the poetry and proverbs of the East. The date palm was carried to China from Iran about 1,700 years ago, and in the seventeenth century, pioneering Spaniards took date seeds to California. Today, about three fourths of the world's date crop is grown in the Middle East, but the majority of the United States supply is produced in date orchards -- called "date gardens" in the industry -- in California, Arizona, and Texas, where the hot, dry climate and sandy, alkaline soil provide excellent conditions for the date tree's growth.
In the Arab world, dates are often eaten with milk products to boost the protein content, but they are also served alone, fresh or dried, or used in various fruit dishes, baked goods, syrups, candies, ice cream, and salads. In some countries, date pits are roasted, ground, and used as a coffee substitute. Dates have even been fermented and used to make an alcoholic beverage called arrak, described by the sixteenth-century traveler Pedro Texeira as "the strongest and most dreadful drink ever invented." Dates are harvested in late fall and early winter, but they store quite well, so they are available year-round.
1 AnswerDr. Harris H. McIlwain, MD , Rheumatology, answered
Some studies indicate that the antioxidants in green and black tea are more potent than those found in many fruits and vegetables. Tea also contains powerful anti-inflammatory compounds called polyphenols that have been shown to inhibit the production of nitric oxide, which is involved with inflammation.
The best known polyphenol is epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG), a chemical that has been shown to reduce the activity of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), the key inflammatory enzyme in arthritis. EGCG has also been shown to promote weight loss in some studies.
Up until now, most research has been done on green tea, although black tea is the most widely consumed worldwide. Black tea has comparable antioxidant activity to green tea.
1 AnswerBoston Women's Health Book Collective , Administration, answeredWomen have higher rates of intestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis, than men have. While these disorders are often affected by diet and stress, most medical doctors manage them using steroid medications and surgery.
Many women with IBS benefit from eating a diet high in fiber-rich foods, such as beans and whole grains. Others, however, find the most healing diet to be relatively low in starchy foods and high in protein and vegetables. Some people are helped by the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, which is completely grain-free.
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1 AnswerDr. Harris H. McIlwain, MD , Rheumatology, answeredDark berries such as blueberries, blackberries, cherries, and raspberries help to ease pain because they are filled with anthocyanins, special chemical components that give the intense color to so many fruits and vegetables. It is thought that these plant compounds sweep out harmful free-radical molecules that trigger inflammation.
In a revealing study at the Western Human Nutrition Research Center in Davis, California, researchers had volunteers eat a bowl of forty-five fresh Bing cherries and then measured the C-reactive protein levels in their blood three hours later. After three hours, all the volunteers’ blood levels of C-reactive protein dramatically decreased. Researchers concluded that some chemical (anthocyanins) specific to this fruit had an anti-inflammatory effect in the body.
As an extra bonus, one half cup of blueberries (40 calories) or blackberries (30 calories) has more antioxidant power than five servings of green peas, carrots, apples, squash, or broccoli.