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1 Pulmonary Rehabilitation Dietary Advice By Stephanie Lee-Barrett Dietitian Colchester General Hospital

2 Facts About COPD & Diet Diet and Nutrition should be an important part of treatment Breathing requires more energy with COPD Muscles involved may require 10x more calories than those without COPD Good nutrition will help reduce hospitalisation from chest infection

3 The eatwell plate Fruit and vegetables Bread, rice, potatoes, pasta Foods and drinks high in fat and/or sugar Meat, fish, eggs, beans Milk and dairy foods

4 General Dietary Advice Enjoy variety of foods Limit salt intake Drink plenty of fluids 6-8 glasses/day Include high fibre foods e.g. veg, fruit, wholegrain foods, cereal, pasta, rice Eat several small meals per day

5 Body Mass Index (BMI) Used to measure if an individual is a healthy weight, underweight or overweight BMI= Weight (kg) Height (m²) Fit into certain categories = Underweight = Normal weight = Overweight = Obese

6 Dietary Advice if you are Underweight

7 Underweight Weight loss Loss of respiratory muscle strength More energy required to breathe Increased difficulty breathing and increased risk of infection

8 Poor appetite Have regular meals & snacks Eat anything fancied Eat from a smaller plate Avoid filling up on veg, salads, fizzy drinks Sip nourishing high energy fluids e.g. milk, hot choc, malt drink, milkshake A short walk before meals may increase appetite A small amount of alcohol can stimulate appetite

9 Slow Eater Try eating small amounts little & often Consider a plate warmer & insulated mug Do not hurry over meals, eat slowly and chew foods well

10 Short of Breath While Eating/ After Meals Eat more slowly Choose foods that are easy to chew - softer foods Try eating 5-6 small meals/day Try drinking liquids at the end of your meals. Eat while sitting up to ease pressure on the lungs

11 Too Tired to Eat Later in Day Choose foods that are easier to prepare If possible ask family members to help with meal preparation Freeze extra portions Rest before eating Try eating main meal early in the day

12 Feeling of fullness quickly Eat smaller meals more frequently, rather than one or two big meals Try not to fill up on fluid whilst eating.

13 Food Fortification Fortified milk - add 4tbsp skimmed milk powder to 1pint full cream milk Add butter/margarine/ghee/cream/cheese to mash potatoes, vegetables and sauces Add cream/ice cream/custard to puddings and fruit Use sugary foods (unless diabetic) - jam/sugar/syrup/honey added to cereals and puddings

14 Quick Snack Ideas Sandwiches - cheese/egg/meat with pickles/sauces Toast- cheese/beans/ egg/fish Toasted crumpets with cheese Convenience meals Jacket potato with cheese/beans/tuna mayo Crackers or digestive biscuits with butter and cheese Mousse/yoghurt/jelly/ trifle/fromage frais Fruit loaf/malt loaf with butter

15 Nutritional Supplements If the discussed ideas do not help to improve your intake, nutritional supplements may be used Complan® and Build-up® are available to buy over the counter. Others are available on prescription from your GP. Variety of flavours (sweet and savoury). Often preferred chilled Can be incorporated into recipes e.g. milk pudding, ice cream, custard, milkshakes, mousses.

16 Dietary Advice if you are Overweight

17 Overweight Consequence of : high energy intake from food reduced exercise tolerance steroid use Extra weight increases workload of heart and lungs to supply oxygen around body Excess fat in abdominal area makes it difficult for the lungs to expand fully

18 Starchy Foods Include at each meal Main source of energy Starchy foods are filling Choose wholemeal + wholewheat varieties Myth that starchy foods are fattening

19 Fruit and Vegetables Rich in vitamins and minerals Help protect against infection Aim for 5 portions per day Fresh, frozen, canned or dried

20 Meat, Fish and Alternatives Provides protein, vitamins + minerals Recommend 2 servings/day Avoid roasting or frying in large amounts of oil/fat Try healthier cooking methods Choose lean meat Remove visible fat & skins from meat and poultry.

21 Milk and Dairy Products Provides protein and calcium Recommend 3 servings/day Use semi-skimmed milk instead of full cream milk Use low fat cheeses e.g. Cottage cheese, edam, half fat cheddar Try low fat yoghurts If on long term steroids - it is important you have enough calcium.

22 Fatty and sugary foods Try using sweeteners Choose lower calorie sugar free/no added sugar drinks Keep sweets, puddings, cakes, chocolate, take-aways, pies and pastries as a treat Try tinned fruit in natural juice rather than syrup.

23 Hints for weight control Think of the benefits of weight loss Make healthier changes to your diet Fill up on fruit and veg Have regular meals Avoid foods which are high in fat and sugar. Aim for: <3g total fat /100g product <5g added sugar/100g product Set realistic, achievable target lose (1- 2lbs/week). Do not crash diet. Consider keeping a food diary

24 Alcohol high in calories and should be kept within sensible limits. Women 14 units per week Men 21 units per week Aim for 2-3 alcohol free days. A unit of alcohol is: Half a pint of beer, cider or larger (medium strength) 1 small glass of wine (125ml) 1 small glass of sherry 1 measure of spirits

25 Summary…. Good nutrition helps reduce infections Need energy to help you breathe If underweight - choose high protein/calorie foods - important have enough energy If overweight - choose low fat/low sugar foods, eat more fruit/veg Refer to relevant diet sheets - examples of menu plans and snack ideas


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