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Try switching from high-calorie favorites to diet soda or light beer, or maybe add a spritz of seltzer to your wine. If you get really engrossed, you just might outlast the last survivor. You may be eligible for a low-dose CT scan, which can help in early detection of lung cancer. So take a break from the siren-call of the tube, and get occupied with things that have nothing to do with food. These requirements are established to promote quality of life, prevent malnutrition and weight loss, and ensure safe food handling.
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It also must be presented in a manner that is appealing and served at the appropriate temperature, hot foods served hot and cold foods served cold. Food must be served in a form -- soft, ground, pureed or thickened -- to meet the needs of residents with chewing and swallowing problems.
Special equipment and utensils must be provided to help residents eat as independently as possible, although staff must be sufficient in number and have appropriate training to supervise and assist residents who cannot feed themselves. Therapeutic diets, such as diabetic, renal or bariatric diets, must be ordered by the physician and calculated by the dietitian. Residents with actual or potential weight loss, large wounds or nonhealing pressure sores must receive sufficient calories and supplements to promote healing and prevent further weight loss and skin breakdown.
Food must be handled, stored and prepared in a sanitary manner and must be served at the appropriate temperature to prevent food-borne illnesses.
For instance, potentially hazardous foods such as eggs, meat and milk must be kept refrigerated at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Meats should be cooked to at least degrees Fahrenheit; hot foods should be maintained -- usually on a steam table -- at degrees Fahrenheit while being served. In addition, food must only be obtained from sources licensed by federal, state or local authorities.
Foods prepared or canned at home and food from unlicensed sources are prohibited. To see how many calories you should have in a day to achieve and maintain your recommended weight, see the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, — To learn how many calories you are taking in, write down the foods you eat and the beverages you drink, plus the calories they have, each day. By writing down what you eat and drink, you become more aware of what you are consuming.
Also, begin writing down your physical activity each day and the length of time you do it. Do you want to try a Web-based approach to track your food intake and physical activity? Go to the SuperTracker. The site will give you a personalized diet and activity plan.
Listen to or download the podcast 0: A healthy lifestyle requires balance in the foods you eat, the beverages you drink, the way you do daily activities, adequate sleep, stress management, and in the amount of activity in your daily routine.
Counting calories all the time is not necessary, but it may help you in the beginning to find out how many calories are in the foods and drinks you consume regularly as you strive to achieve energy balance.