When you are caring for someone or even yourself it’s good to know different diets so you know how to feed them or yourself. Below I have a list of special diets we offer at Sensations and a brief description of each. You will always want to contact your doctor or a professional dietician if you have any questions.
Regular Diet– A meal plan that includes a variety of foods from all food groups
Mechanical Soft Diet– This diet is designed for people who have trouble chewing and swallowing. Chopped, ground and pureed foods are included in this diet, as well as foods that readily break apart without a knife. This can be a come in diet with people who have dementia.
Pureed Diet-You may need to follow a pureed diet if you have trouble chewing or swallowing your food. To puree a food means to chop or grind it into a thick paste. Foods need to be pureed, blended, or strained to make them into a smooth form. Avoid all foods with nuts or seeds, stringy food such as celery or onions, and foods with a tough skin such as dried beans, peas, or corn. These foods do not puree well.
Low Sodium Diet-Sodium is a mineral found naturally in foods and also added to foods. Sodium plays an important role in maintaining normal fluid balance in the body. A low-sodium diet is important to follow in order to control your heart failure symptoms and prevent future heart problems.
Low Cholesterol diet– Cholesterol can stay under control with a proper diet and exercise. We offer 45 minutes of exercise every morning for our residents. We also have balanced meals that are portion controlled this will help with keeping cholesterol in balance.
Diabetic Diet– If you have diabetes, your body cannot make or properly use insulin. This leads to high blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels. Healthy eating helps keep your blood sugar in your target range. It is a critical part of managing your diabetes, because controlling your blood sugar can prevent the complications of diabetes.
Healthy diabetic eating includes
- Limiting foods that are high in sugar
- Eating smaller portions, spread out over the day
- Being careful about when and how many carbohydrates you eat
- Eating a variety of whole-grain foods, fruits and vegetables every day
- Eating less fat
- Limiting your use of alcohol
- Using less salt
Bratty Diet– An upset stomach or diarrhea can leave you feeling miserable. If left untreated, it can lead to exhaustion and dehydration, too. A special diet known as the BRAT diet (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast) is an effective way to treat both. When someone has an upset stomach we follow this diet for 3 days.