Eating With Medical Conditions

How Vegans Do Emergency Food Storage

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in Eating With Medical Conditions, Healthy Foods | Comments Off on How Vegans Do Emergency Food Storage

How Vegans Do Emergency Food Storage

Emergency food storage for vegans is a little different than for omnivores but it isn”t hard. Many of the foods that do well in an emergency storage situation are vegan and it is relatively easy to substitute for the few meat, egg and dairy products that are commonly used. Canned and dried foods are usually the core of any emergency food storage plan, whether omnivorous or vegan.

Dried Foods

Lentils

Lentils cook quickly in 30-45 minutes and are a good source of protein and fiber. The beans need to be sorted in order to remove bad ones and rocks and then rinsed before boiling. They can easily be made more interesting by adding onion, tomato and spices which they are cooking and can be either made into soup or a thicker bean dish.

Pintos

Pintos take a bit longer to cook than lentils but otherwise share their good features. Sorting pintos is a little easier since the beans are bigger. Cooking is the same as for lentils except that these beans must be boiled for several hours before they can be eaten.

Grains

Wheat

Many items in our daily lives are made from wheat and storing this grain along with a grinder gives you lots of options. The flour that you can make can easily be turned into simple biscuits or breads, crackers, tortillas or even a hot cereal. Sprouting wheat seeds increases the nutritional availability of several vitamins and minerals as well.

Rice

Brown rice is more nutritious than white rice but emergency storage is one place where you might want to casino go with white. While brown rice has a shelf life of about a year after which the oils in the grains go rancid, properly-stored white rice has an indefinite shelf life. Rice and beans of any kind make a complete protein meal and can easily be made more interesting by the addition of canned vegetables and various spices.

Canned Foods

Tomatoes

Various tomato products can be used in cooking a wide variety of dishes. Choose your favorites among steamed, stewing, diced, sauce, or other canned tomato formats. Adding some spices to your emergency supplies gives you the basic setup for tomato soup, as well.

Other Veggies

Canned veggies aren”t as good for you as fresh ones but they provide many vital nutrients just the same. As well as adding interest to your dishes they provide nutritional support that might otherwise be lacking. Good options include corn, green beans, carrots, asparagus and onions.

Faux Meat

If you eat fake meat there are several types that can be purchased in a can. These items provide protein and are usually ready to eat which makes them extra convenient. Vegan hotdogs, faux ground beef and more are available in cans.

 

 

Author Bio:

 

Rowena is a blogger who enjoys writing about survival and emergency preparedness. She is currently promoting food for survival and emergency food supply information.

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Food Ideas for Children with Celiac Disease or Peanut Allergies

Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Eating With Medical Conditions | Comments Off on Food Ideas for Children with Celiac Disease or Peanut Allergies

Food Ideas for Children with Celiac Disease or Peanut Allergies

Food allergies plague most children these days, and even adults.  But what do you do for your little ones who need to eat, but can’t eat all of the regular things offered to kids.  No Mac and Cheese, no PB and J – what’s left for a kid?  There are plenty of options!  They just require a little more creativity.

If your child has peanut allergies you often have to stay away from more than just peanut butter, because if the allergy is severe enough your child won’t be able to eat anything made in factory that processes peanuts (don’t worry it is required to be labeled on the container of the item).  For this reason you’ll want to make a lot of items from scratch.  This can be really easy though, especially with the forums available online now with which you can search for recipes.

Don’t let the joys of PB and J pass your child by either.  Just twist it up a bit by using Almond Butter instead.  Almond butter is a tasty alternative that even has more protein than peanut butter does.  You can use it as an exact replacement for peanut butter.  Just add to bread, spread, add jelly to bread, spread, close sandwich and enjoy.

If your child suffers from Celiac Disease things can get complicated as well, but luckily Celiac is becoming more and more well known and tons of different options are becoming readily available.  It is cheaper to cook from scratch with Celiac Disease, but many options are available in stores as well.  Your child can still enjoy items such as cookies, breads, and pastas.  These items just need to be made with gluten free ingredients.  There are many recipes available online that create all purpose flour replacements.  These can be used exactly in place of regular all purpose flour in recipes.  There are also a lot of recipe books available now that can help a great deal in accomplishing the task of creating gluten free meals.  These meals are tasty and safe for your child to consume.  The whole family will benefit from and enjoy them.

It takes some adjustment if you’ve never dealt with the new food allergy before, but after an initial adjustment period it becomes second nature.  Your child will learn to recognize the items that are dangerous to their bodies and you will become more comfortable with finding and creating items that are suitable for your child.

In some cases keeping a food allergen away is a life or death situation while in other situations is can be as severe as creating vomiting and diarrhea or as mild as creating behavioral issues.  Often we don’t realize how drastically a food item can alter a person’s behavior, but once you are aware of it you should take as much precaution as you would if you needed to stick your child with an epi pen and run to the ER.  Food allergies are very real and they greatly affect the lives of those who have them and their family members and friends as well, but with some understanding and creativity everyone can learn to enjoy food together in a safe environment. There are a lot of great websites like One Good Thing that can give you creative ideas to create meals and snacks for allergic kids.

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Snacking For Diabetics

Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 in Eating With Medical Conditions | Comments Off on Snacking For Diabetics

Snacking For Diabetics

A previous post discussed the types of foods that a diabetic should consume and snacks were mentioned. When you are a diabetic, you need to understand what your body is lacking in order for you to fuel it when it runs low. Therefore, it is important that you are knowledgeable in regards to the snacks that will best benefit you. Here are some ideas to get the ball rolling for you and generate ideas of what to research online.

Most of America is on the go or at work, or both. So when you are deciding what to use as snacks to boost your blood sugar, you have to go with something that is portable and potent. You need something that is effective but that can be carried on your person or stowed at a desk. Try to go with something that is less than 150 calories. If you binge on snacks, then you are getting no where as far as weight is concerned. A 150 calorie snack is just enough to curb your hunger and give you the boost that you need. There are also some handy snack-packs that you can pick up at the grocery store that are in packets of 100 calories. Those would be a good choice if you want a ‘brand name’ that fits your needs. There are also granola bars and health bars that you can find for less than 150 calories and will give you extra nutrients in nbso addition to the sugar that you need.

Grabbing a handful of nuts is extremely beneficial for you when you start to feel a little low. They help to lower cholesterol and they also decrease your risk factor for a cardiovascular illness in addition to normalizing your blood glucose levels. They have a huge amount of protein and they also have monounsaturated fats (“good” fats) that will help you avoid a spike that a candy bar will give you. They enter your blood stream and you are able to keep you level normalized for longer when you have nuts as opposed to a chocolate bar. But, try not to go overboard on the nuts. All you need is an amount that will fit inside the palm of your hand. That will be enough for you to keep functioning for a while.

I am sure that you have heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. There is some truth to that. If you eat a whole apple, skin and all, you are digesting approximately three grams of fiber. That fiber helps to lower cholesterol, provides antioxidants that are used to fight infections, lowers your risk factor for a cardiovascular disease, and it also lowers your risk for diabetic complications. Those complications can range from hypoglycemia to circulation problems. Just an apple a day when you are feeling low can give you all these benefits.

Even when the package says “low-fat”, check the label. Sometimes companies market foods as low-fat even if they contain a slightly lower fat content than the ‘full-fat’ option. Do not eat more of these because you believe them to be healthier. Check the labels and do your homework regarding that certain product.

These are just a few ideas for you and are only meant to spark some inspiration in your mind as to what you would respond to best.

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Food for Thought: Food and Diabetes

Posted by on Jan 11, 2012 in Eating With Medical Conditions | Comments Off on Food for Thought: Food and Diabetes

Food for Thought: Food and Diabetes

When you have diabetes, it is critical that you know how to manage it. One of the easiest ways to keep your diabetes under control is through changing your diet to accommodate your health needs. That may sound daunting, but it ends up being much simpler than it sounds. If you take it step by step, you’ll be eating healthier in no time.

Having a good diet is important because it needs to  be designed to control your blood glucose levels so that you do not dip too low or spike too high. Dieting can also help you to keep track of your weight. Excesses of fats and such create dangerous and transient spikes in your blood sugar that can be damaging to your health by damaging various organs. Here are some examples of what you should do when you are creating your new eating plan.

  1. Fiber filled foods. Fiber is a very good substance that can help increase your heart health while controlling blood sugar levels within your body. When I say that something controls your blood glucose levels, that means that it helps the level normalize and therefore you can avoid spikes and dips. Foods that have a high quantity of fiber include beans, peas, nuts, and anything with bran in it.
  2. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These are the fats contained within healthy foods such as avocados, olives, and nuts. Keep the consumption of these in moderation because they are high in calories and can contribute to weight gain. But, when ingested in the correct quantities, they can help lower your cholesterol levels and therefore help you stay healthier all around.
  3. Carbohydrates. Sugars and starches are different kinds of carbohydrates and when you ingest them, they are broken up chemically and become glucose in your blood stream. The best kinds of carbohydrates come from fruits, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains.
  4. Eat some more fish. Fish contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and they help to keep your heart healthy while lowering the amount of fat in your blood. This helps you normalize your levels as well. Good fish to eat includes cod, halibut, tuna, salmon, and mackerel. Try to avoid fried fish and also fish such as swordfish and king mackerel because they contain unhealthy levels of mercury.

That may sound like a huge amount of information to ingest and remember. When creating recipes, it is difficult to remember what legumes (beans, peas, lentils, etc…) to include and what starches to cut. Once you get started, though, it becomes much easier. You will also find that your blood sugar levels change throughout the day between meals. When this happens, you will need to eat a small snack that can help boost your energy and glucose levels.

Some ideas for snacks include all-natural juice boxes, handful of nuts, and a couple hard candies. During the day, your blood sugar level tends to drop and therefore you need to eat something that will break down into sugars and enter the bloodstream as quickly as possible.

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