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How to make cooking less of a chore

oMRKkMc4RSq7N91OZl0O_IMG_8309Good nutrition is paramount to maintaining health and muscle strength, but we all know how tempting it is to order fast food and take-out rather than buying the ingredients and taking the time too cook nutritious foods. And if you have a disability where you experience muscle weakness, or are easily fatigued, cooking for yourself can be even more daunting.  Sharon Chatenay, an occupational health therapist with Alberta Health Services, spoke at one of the Muscular Dystrophy Youth in Action conferences, and had some simple, practical ideas to share.

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Eating healthy during the holidays

fruits-601742_640We know the holidays can be tough for those looking to keep their healthy eating habits up, so here are ten tips to help you stay on track during the season:

  1. If you’re traveling to a cottage or family members home make sure to pack healthy snacks for the drive or flight!
  2. Ask what will be served, so you can plan on holding out for the items you like.
  3. If your family serves buffet style or you are going to a buffet restaurant, using a smaller plate is a good way to make sure you don’t pile too much on at a time. (more…)
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How I See It: Made with Love

IvanaOne of my favorite ways to spend an evening is surrounded by my friends and family sitting at the dinner table. There is nothing better than eating great food and having great conversation. Having a European mother, I was never hungry. She makes everything and anything. If you know my mom, you know that when she cooks, she cooks to feed ten or more.

So I grew up eating nothing but amazing and great food. When I moved out on my own during my university days I tried to take some of my moms cooking lessons with me. But we all know life can get a little busy sometimes and it’s easy to grab snacks out of our bags or finish that half eaten sandwich for dinner.

After being diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, I really had to step back for a moment. I loved sweets and anything else that wasn’t good for you. Chocolate, chips, candy… One of my favorite things about moving out was that I could eat a chocolate bar before dinner and never get in trouble. But now I had a medical condition and I wanted to make sure I wasn’t doing anything to my body that was affecting my health. We are what we eat right?

Eating healthy was so hard to do in the beginning! I am still learning every day what is good for you and what isn’t. I have found that when I eat better, I have a lot more energy and my body works better. Here a few little tips that I live by. Hope you enjoy them!

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Nutrition and Healthy Eating While Living With a Neuromuscular Disorder

mini-food-processor-and-resultsWe all know that getting the proper nutrients is vital to maintaining energy and overall muscle health, when affected by a neuromuscular disorder.  This is scientifically proven.

Rather than getting into science, this story is about sharing some personal experiences and useful hints to maintain healthy eating habits.

Having Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) for over 40 years has created many challenges in my life, two of which are chewing and swallowing because of muscle weakness.  My first experience with adapted food consistency was when I was twelve and in the hospital.  I was provided with a pureed pizza, which came like a milkshake and totally grossed me out!  However, not being one to judge on first try, I kept trying different things and today eat most of my meat and vegetables in a modified texture called mechanical soft.  Basically the food is not pureed or liquefied, but minced in a food processor to a pâté like consistency.  First point of advice, try different techniques and consistencies until you find something that works for you.  Most food works well, except for potatoes, pasta and pizza (too bad).  I also find it helps with swallowing to have some form of sauce to help get the food down.

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Thank you for donating to #HelpFeedAbility!

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We partnered with Safeway and Easter Seals to #HelpFeedAbility, and thanks to your generous donations the campaign raised           $544,562 for our organizations!

Since 2008, Safeway has donated $7.5 million to leading-edge neuromuscular research and mobility grants across Western Canada and Northern Ontario. We’ve been able to purchase 622 pieces of mobility equipment/medical devices and home modifications valued at over $3.9 million for 237 families! Your donations will allow us to continue to help supply, equipment, home renovations, and scholarships to our clients in Western Canada and Northern Ontario.

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