Christ Church Charlotte has a new parish nurse blog!
“So, what can I eat!?” you may be asking. Let’s start with fruits and vegetables. With spring here and summer on its way the variety of fresh produce available is wonderful and getting better. A healthy diet should include at least 2-4 servings of fruit and 3-5 servings of vegetables a day. A serving of most of these is ½ cup, however, for greens like lettuce and spinach one cup is a serving size. A half cup serving is about the amount most people can hold in their cupped hand or an orange or apple about the size of a baseball.
According to Harvard Heart Letter some of the best at lowering LDL are eggplants, okra, apples, grapes, strawberries and citrus fruit because of the large amounts of fiber in them. One important point to remember is to vary the colors as much as possible-each color in produce correlates to the nutrients that food is rich in and those different nutrients help in our overall health and our body’s ability to fight off infection, inflammation and aging. Be aware of the amount of sodium in canned vegetables and steer away from fruits packed in “syrup”.
Here is the link to a website that gives some information on fruits and veggies and hints on working them into what you eat http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org.
Update: Here is Low Fat Lifestyle Part II.
Lynne LeBlanc has been a registered nurse since 1991 and a parish nurse since 2008. Her previous experience includes oncology, surgery (specializing in cardiovascular/thoracic and neurosurgery, but also cross-trained in just about every type), Pre-op/One Day Surgery, Medical/Surgical floor nursing and Home Health Case Management. She confesses that she now has the best nursing job in the world. She is a proud native of South Louisiana and a graduate of Northwestern State University of Louisiana.