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    what's the best SCI diet?

    I'm a pasta, pizza, chocolate and soft drink addict always was always will be
    prior SCI i had no problem, ran 10Km day in day out and had perfect bowel, bladder function,
    however since SCI heavy meals after 8pm are a no go, i now usually drink water and camberry juice, eat fruit and fibre cereals, soups, ministroni, meat, fish and vegetables. i still have the occasional pizza or italian pasta but feel guilty afterwards.

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    Probably the best diet for someone with a spinal cord injury is a diet of moderation. Actually that is the best diet for everyone, isn't it?

    Soon after my injury (29 years ago), NL and I met with a dietician and learned about healthy eating. We had always had a pretty good diet, but it helped to get a professional perspective on our dietary needs. NL is a marvelous cook and we eat well, but she works hard to adapt recipes to be lower in fat, salt and sugars. Consequently we eat great food, that is prepared in a health conscious way. We are not ascetics, we do indulge in the occasional treat. The key is not to let treats become a regular habit.

    If you are familiar with the Food Pyramid, you have a leg up on eating well. I have posted a picture of it below. The most important thing I have found to control weight is portion control. I eat just about anything I want, including pasta and pizza, but just not in huge portions. Learning how much is a "serving" is key.
    How to Judge a Portion Size:
    Your fist = about 1 cup or 1 medium size fruit

    Your palm (without fingers) = about 3 ounces of cooked meat, poultry or fish

    Your cupped hand = about 1-2 ounces of nuts or pretzels

    Your thumb = about 1 ounce of cheese or meat

    Your thumb tip = about 1 tablespoon

    Your fingertip = about 1 teaspoon

    I eat a variety of foods but try to front load my diet with grains, fruits and vegetables. Since heart disease and diabetes can be a problem for people with spinal cord injury, I try to limit sugar, salt, and fats.

    All the best,
    GJ

    Edit: Food Pyramid didn't make it into this post, see below.
    Last edited by gjnl; 12-15-2011 at 03:27 PM.

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    Sorry the Food Pyramid didn't make it into the post, and you can't "Attach" an image in Edit.

    GJ

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    The sugar in soft drinks is pure poison. It will wreak havoc on the immune system and rot the teeth.

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    i limit my sugar intake to no more than 30g/day. not that i liked sweets anyway. but yea, whole grains and lots of veggies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Peter View Post
    The sugar in soft drinks is pure poison. It will wreak havoc on the immune system and rot the teeth.
    Agreed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Peter View Post
    The sugar in soft drinks is pure poison. It will wreak havoc on the immune system and rot the teeth.
    its called a tooth brush & vitamins

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    beer and wings

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    Cheese, three meals a day pete.

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