Monday, December 18, 2017

                                                         Food is Medicine!

                Nutrition strategies for caregivers:

  •     Assess the client's overall ability to manage and prepare his or her meals. This can easily influence the nutritional value of what they eat. They may depend heavily on pre-packaged or processed food. Even junk foods or fast food. 

  • Target approximately 1 to 1.5 grams of protein/kg of body weight or around 70-100 grams/day will meet the needs of most, whether taken orally, requiring enteral tube feeds or some combination of the two. Fish, poultry, eggs, lean meats, dairy and abundant vegetables are good sources in addition to providing other important vitamins ,minerals and sufficient fiber.     

  •        Encourage reading and understanding of food labels as a guide to meeting daily nutritional needs.

  •        Don't be afraid to be creative, unless an individual is on a special diet where certain foods are prohibited.

  •        Engage with others in your client's support network. Communicate and coordinate with a fellow caregiver, friend or neighbor who spends time in the home, to better understand your client's likes, dislikes and nutritional needs.

  •       Lastly, Think of Food as Medicine : Sugar and flour based foods work against weight management, pain control, energy levels and blood glucose control.

Monday, December 11, 2017


                          December is Dessert Month !

     What a better time to be considerate of what we put in our tummies? When we think about December we think, Christmas Pudding, fruitcake, pies of all sorts and endless sugary cookies. Well, at least I do anyway. It has come to my attention that December is also Colitis and Crohn's Awareness Month.In this time we need to take into deep consideration what we are serving at Christmas Parties to those who may be suffering from such chronic issues. I've decided to share some ideas to ease some of the suffering during this time of the year.

  1. People who suffer from these disorders should eat very little fried or greasy foods.
     2. High fiber foods such as leafy greens and nuts can be harsh to these individuals. Be mindful and cook the veggies and make sure to peel them as well. Make an offering of a fruit pie instead of one with nuts.

    3.Rather than a salad maybe a squash or green bean casserole.

    4. Say Cheers in moderation: Alcohol can be associated with chronic IBD flare-ups and may often irritate even a healthy bowel.

    5. Know yourself, but still make holiday merry with yourself :Remember what has caused problems in the past and be aware of the red flags associated with abdominal discomfort and what may bother someone else may never bother you.

    6. Be Prepared: Eye the nearest "Rest" area and be sure to have handy dandy remedies in your purse. Stay true to moderation and be careful with too much of anything. Above all else.....Merry Christmas!

Monday, November 27, 2017

What Iam Thankful For:

                                        Tis for Thankful !!

                       During this time of remembrance and Thanksgiving I find it especially important to

 give praise and thanks to those who work tirelessly all year to bring joy to the lives of others. This

 being National Non-Profit Month I decided to give some special attention to one of those

 organizations which never stop giving all year and not just during the holidays.

    The Non-Profit I would like to bring attention to is Gulf Coast Dementia Services. Gulf Coast

Dementia Services ,Inc. Is a non-profit supporting individuals and their families who suffer from

Alzheimer's and Dementia .Their Mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals and family

 members affected by the various types of dementia, Alzheimer's being the most common , by

providing comprehensive education and training throughout our community.

               In 2015 one in nine age 65 and over have some form of dementia, most notably Alzheimer's

Disease. One in three of those 85 and over suffer from Alzheimer's Disease or another form of

Dementia. As of 2015,1 in 3 seniors who die in a given year have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or

another form of dementia. With such a growing population at the brink of Alzheimer's and

dementia, Gulf Coast Dementia Services stands to provide educational support to help with decision

making. Their team of educated Board Members provide assistance with :

  • Case Management
  • Health Counseling
  • Care Advocacy
  • Education Training
  • Dementia Care services



Monday, November 13, 2017

                                    Why Give Thanks?

       For many of us Thanksgiving is a very important holiday and one that is taken with the utmost humility and grace. Some people do not have a clue what it is. Some are foreigners who never celebrated this holiday in their previous home prior to immigrating to USA. So for these reasons enlightenment may be appreciated in some form or another. It is my understanding that the first Thanksgiving happened due to the puritan population that came to this country clueless of the horticulture process and would have otherwise starved to death had the Native Americans not extended a helping hand in teaching them how to farm and cultivate the land.  So the end result of a bountiful harvest came a great celebration to come together and celebrate all the hard work and fruits of their labor.    

      So in turn in modern times we come together to share food, fellowship and time with those who matter the most to us. We take time out of our busy schedules to help those who may be in need, shut in or physically disabled. No deed is too small or goes unappreciated by someone in need. Especially this time of year and as the weather turns colder. I hope you keep this in mind the next time you think about doing something nice for someone or helping out in a soup kitchen during Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!




Monday, October 30, 2017

'Cindy' the Pink Firetruck

                                   CindyThe Pink Firetruck

'Cindy' brings her mission to spread love, hope, and awareness to women and urge them to get
 regular checkups for all types of cancers in Lower Alabama. 'Cindy' is not just any lady..she is a very special pink lady.'Cindy' is the pink fire truck from Orange Beach Alabama, where she makes her home with Chief Eddie. She spends most of her time traveling around the coast raising awareness and spreading cheer to survivors and their families. Chief Eddie is always happy to let you step inside and look around,have a picture taken, or sign the Engine .

It was my pleasure to check her out and talk to Chief Eddie about all the great work that he and Cindy do along the Gulfcoast. The Chief is available to talk to groups and visit schools ,churches and organizations who would like to bring more awareness to not just Breast Cancer but all types of cancers. So keep him in mind if any of you out there would like to book him to bring Cindy and to talk about issues in your community.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Touching Hearts Presents: David Carpenter of LegalShield

Watch as Touching Hearts President, Gina Germany, sits down with David Carpenter of LegalShield, to discuss the recent Equifax security breach.

Monday, October 16, 2017

 A lot of people may not know ,but not only is OCTOBER PINKTOBER but it is

also NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION MONTH. Each year, the campaign focuses on a different

aspect of safety, from preventing forest fires to planning an escape route during a blaze. While the

campaign lasts the entire month most police and fire departments designate the second week of

October as Fire Prevention Week, during which demonstrations and expos are held in different U.S.


Sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA),Fire Prevention Month has roots

  that date back to THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE of 1871 that killed more than 250 people and left

more than 100,000 homeless. The fire,which was reportedly started in a barn, also burned more than

2,000 acres and destroyed about 17,400 structures. The three-day fire, which started October 8,did

most of its damage on October 9,1871,which is why Fire Prevention Week is always held around that

 date. The first National Fire Prevention Day was declared by President Woodrow Wilson in

1922,and the week long observance is the longest running public safety and health campaign on record.