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Nutrition:

resources on healthy & special diets

 

This section contains links to information and resources on basic general nutrition, as well as appropriate special diets and recipes for various conditions or diseases.  These include children's, diabetic, heart healthy, hypertension, kidney, calcium-rich and raw food diets.  Your doctor or health care professional can best direct you to your patient’s or your own ideal diet.  As the caregiver, please discuss any nutrition information that you are considering using with your doctor or dietician before you start using it.

When dealing with someone who has little or no appetite, the following tips worked very well.  We found that small servings 5-6 times a day are easier to eat than 3 full meals.  The aim is to serve nutritious meals a little at a time so that at the end of the day,  the person has consumed healthy food that provides the needed nourishment and energy.  It also helps to present the food in an appealing way, with color from fruits, vegetables or sauces, or perhaps even a flower!

It was frustrating at first to make a meal and have almost all of it left untouched.  We eventually prepared less food and included more things that were more easily eaten.  Keep in mind that taste may change from one day / week to the next.  It can’t be helped and is frustrating for the patient as well!  Periodically, we discuss what is palatable at that time or what is not.  It’s trial and error, so talking about this with the person in care helps both of you lessen the frustration.  Hang in there!

If buying canned, frozen or prepared foods, be sure to read the nutrition labels to check for ingredients you need to avoid.  When eating at a restaurant, you can request that they leave this or that out, or to have something substituted or served on the side.  Just ask.  They are usually very accommodating!

The caregiver addresses all of the care recipient's needs, so the links below are great help when dealing with general nutrition and special diets.  They are a reminder for all of us to keep ourselves healthy, too!

 

 

BASICS IN NUTRITION

CALORIE COUNTER  -  includes lots of different types of diets

CENTER FOR YOUNG WOMEN’S HEALTH  -  health info for teens, low carbs

DIET PLANS & WORKOUTS  -  INTENSE WORKOUT.COM  -  diets, protein, carbs, fat, calories

DIETARY GUIDELINES - CARBOHYDRATES - ABOUT.COM

HEALTHY EATING
  -  HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH


HEALING FOODS PYRAMID  -  ABOUT.COM

NUTRITION, CHOLESTEROL, BLOOD PRESSURE, DIABETES NEWS - LIFE CLINIC

NUTRITION DATA - HEART HEALTH, DIABETES, KNOW WHAT TO EAT

USDA CULTURAL FOOD GUIDE & FOOD COMPOSITION - SPECIAL DIETS

USDA MY PYRAMID TRACKER - DIETARY & PHYSICAL ACITIVITY ASSESSMENT

USDA SPECIAL AUDIENCE FOOD GUIDE - KIDS & ELDERS

 

CANCER DIETS

CHEMO COOKERY CLUB 

MEALS-TO-HEAL - fresh nutritious meals delivered to your door [continental USA], recipes, cookbook [soon] 

 


CHILDREN'S NUTRITION

KIDS HEALTH  - GIVE KIDS THE PROPER NUTRIENTS AT EVERY AGE

NUTRITION EXPLORATIONS  -  KIDS NUTRITION

 

 

DIABETIC DIETS

CREATE EATING PLAN  -  MAYO CLINIC DIABETES DIET

DIABETES DIET & NUTRITION PLAN BY LIFECLINIC - GLUCOSE CONTROL

DIABETES DIET INFORMATION  -  MEDICINE.NET

DIABETES  MENU PLANNING  -  DLIFE.COM

DIABETIC DIET: COUNTING CALORIES & PLANNING DIET  -  ENDOCRINEWEB.COM

DIABETIC DIET FOR DIABETES  -  PLAN & FOOD GUIDE

DIABETIC DIET & INFO: MEDLINE PLUS

DIABETIC EXCHANGE DIET  -  HEALTH SQUARE

DIABETIC EXCHANGE DIET INFORMATION  -  DRUGS.COM

EXCHANGE LISTS & SAMPLE MENU - MAYO CLINIC

WHAT I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EATING AND DIABETES

 

DIABETIC RECIPES

DIABETIC RECIPES  -  Over 800 diabetic & heart-healthy recipes by category

SUGAR-FREE & LOW-CARB RECIPES  -  COOKSRECIPES.COM

DIABETIC RECIPES  -  DLIFE.COM  -  by category

DIABETIC GOURMET MAGAZINE  -  by category, ingredients, collections, more

DIABETIC ALLRECIPES  -  recipes, fun & games

DIABETIC LIVING MOST POPULAR RECIPES  -  30-minute meals, menus, meals, low-carb, low-fat

DIABETIC RECIPES  -  FOOD.COM    -  cookbooks, recipes, menus

CHILDREN WITH DIABETES - READERS’ FAVORITE RECIPES + OTHER WEBSITES

DIABETIC RECIPES LIST  -  FITNESS AND FREEBIES  -  recipes & info

WEBMD SAMPLE MEAL PLAN  -  Living & Managing, info

DIABETIC FOOD PYRAMID  -  DIABETES.ORG  -  Carb counting, glycemic index, what can I eat?

Diabetic Meal Plan - 1200 calories  -  PDF

DIABETIC MEAL PLANNING: DIABETIC GOURMET MAGAZINE  -  recipes, meal planning, eating out, nutrition

DIABETES DIET & MEAL PLAN: AOL HEALTH  -  diet away from home, do's & don't's, complications

 

 

GLUTEN FREE RECIPES

ELANA'S PANTRY

GLUTEN-FREE GODDESS

GLUTEN-FREE GIRL AND THE CHEF

101 COOKBOOKS

GLUTEN FREE MOMMY

GLUTEN DUDE  -  living with celiac disease

 

 

HEART HEALTHY DIETS

MEDITERRANEAN DIET FOR HEART HEALTH  -  MAYO CLINIC  -  add a little wine & olive oil

8 STEPS TO PREVENT HEART DISEASE  -  MAYO CLINIC

NUTRITION CENTER - HEART.ORG  - recipes, eating out, healthy cooking

HEART-HEALTHY DIET FOR ATHEROSCLEROSIS  -  WEBMD  -  diet & strategies

HEALTHY DIET FOR HEART DISEASE  -  HEALTH CENTRAL  - low cholesterol diets

 

HEART HEALTHY RECIPES

HEART HEALTHY DIET RECIPES & MENUS  -  EATINGWELL.COM

DELICIOUS DECISIONS  -  AMERICANHEART.ORG  -  recipes, nutrition, kids, diet goals, more

HEART HEALTHY LIVING RECIPES  -  low fat, nutrition, recipes

HEALTHY HEART RECIPES AT WOMAN’S DAY.ORG

 

HYPERTENSION DIETS

Your Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure with DASH 

DIET  & HYPERTENSION  -  COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY  -  nutrition, info

DASH DIET EATING PLAN  -  recommended for people with hypertension

 

HYPERTENSION RECIPES

DASH DIET RECIPES

GUIDE TO LOWERING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE  -  NIH

Hypertension Meal Plan - 1200 calories

SPICE UP YOUR HYPERTENSION DIET  -  EZINE ARTICLES

 

KIDNEY DIETS

DIET - CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE  -  MEDLINE PLUS  -  info, diet recommendations

A TO Z GUIDE  & DIET -  NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION

DIET FOR KIDNEY DISEASE  -  PEACEHEALTH.ORG  plus health topics & symptoms

RENAL DIETS & RECIPES  -  CHINESE SCHOOL

DIET FOR FAILING KIDNEY & CKD  -  EDREN.ORG

DIET FOR PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE  -  HEALTHGUIDE

NUTRITION AFTER KIDNEY TRANSPLANT  -  UCSFCHILDRENSHOSPITAL.ORG
     
DIET AFTER TRANSPLANTATION  -  AAKP.ORG

KIDNEY TRANSPLANT  -  MAYO CLINIC

 

KIDNEY DIET RECIPES

RECIPES  -  DAVITA.COM

CULINARY KIDNEY COOKS  -  recipes, cookbook
 
AMERICAN KIDNEY FUND: RECIPES FOR WELL LIVING  -  diet & recipes

KIDNEY DIET TIPS

KIDNEY STONES  -  NUTRITION AT FOODANDLIFE.COM  -  what to have or have not

KIDNEY STONES DIET, CAUSES & SYMPTOMS, TREATMENT  -  CHIFF.COM

KIDNEY STONE DIET & PREVENTION  -  GICARE.COM

 

CALCIUM RICH DIETS

CALCIUM IN DIET  -  MEDLINE PLUS  -  info, recommended amounts in diet

GETTING ENOUGH CALCIUM  -  ABOUT.COM

DIET RICH IN CALCIUM BOOSTS WEIGHT LOSS IN PEOPLE WITH CALCIUM DEFICIENT DIET

CALCIUM INFO, ARTICLES  -  UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER

CALCIUM AND FAT-BURNING  -  WEBMD        

CALCIUM IN THE VEGAN DIET 

CALCIUM IN YOUR DIET  -  WEIGHT LOSS RESOURCES

VITAMIN AND CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS  -  MEDICINENET.COM

 

CALCIUM-RICH RECIPES

HIGH CALCIUM RECIPES  -  RECIPE ZAAR


CALCIUM CONFIDENTIAL: SECRET SOURCES  - MYRECIPES.COM

CALCIUM FOR KIDS  -  FOODNETWORK.COM
  
OSTEOPOROSIS AND DIET  -  WEBMD.COM

CALCIUM-RICH RECIPES  -  GOODHOUSEKEEPING.COM

CALCIUM-RICH DIET BOOKS

 

 

TOO MUCH CALCIUM

GETTING TOO MUCH CALCIUM?  -  AAKP.ORG

TOO MUCH CALCIUM  -  NETDOCTOR

CALCIUM: HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?  -  DRWEIL.COM

SYMPTOMS OF TOO MUCH CALCIUM  -  LIFE123.COM

HIGH CALCIUM IN THE BLOOD & ITS CAUSES  -  PARATHYROID.COM

TOO MUCH PROTEIN  -  DIET.LOVETOKNOW.COM

TOO MANY CARBOHYDRATES  -  DIABETESHEALTH.COM

 


RAW FOOD DIET

STARTING A RAW FOOD DIET  - THEBESTOFRAWFOOD.COM


RAW FOOD DIET RECIPE INDEX - THEBESTOFRAWFOOD.COM

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