March 2008

Maria Loh, RN & Dietician

Our big THANKS to our speaker for this meeting, Maria Loh, a registered nurse and dietician who works for the Fairfax Agency on Aging and who did a great job in highlighting the importance of nutrition. She presented a PowerPoint,  “Nutrition and Parkinson’s” based on a book by Kathrynne Holden, M.S.  R.D called “Parkinson’s Disease: Nutrition Matters. Bill had several copies on hand.  They are also available, free, from the National Parkinson Foundation. Click here for the web page.

The amount of protein eaten affects how Sinemet especially is absorbed by the body, and should be taken 30 -60 minutes before eating so it can be used more efficiently. Ms. ted several times to always check with your doctor before starting any diet, such as high carbohydrates, etc., because the body  needs protein and this should never be completely eliminated. Eating high fiber foods and drinking fluids are very important to avoid constipation and we should be drinking about 8 glasses of water a day.

Maria made a breakfast drink for us which was very good. She used one banana, some strawberries, about 3 cups Rice Dream low-protein dairy substitute, 1 Tablespoon of Carnation Breakfast, blended it all together and gave each of us a cup. Everyone seemed to like it; some said it could be a little sweeter, so you can add Splenda if needed. Any fruit of your choice can be used.

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