Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Nutrition & Macular Degeneration - Each Bite Matters!

There is a tremendous connection between the activity most of us partake in at least three, maybe more, times a day. Eating is one of the most intimate actions we take because when we choose a certain food and begin the process of digestion, those food molecules become our cells, tissues, and organs. Some foods are anti-inflammatory, others are inflammatory. Based on your unique genetics and any food sensitivities you may have, you may find that otherwise 'healthy' foods may not be something that is good for You. In general, the best foods for helping to prevent or ameliorate Macular Degeneration are high in vitamins (particularly A, E, and C), minerals (zinc being an important one), antioxidants, and fiber; they are low in sugar, empty carbohydrates, and deleterious fat sources. Greens are one food source that is important in Macular Degeneration - see the kale chips recipe (below) to make this tasty treat!

Macular Degeneration is linked to free radicals and homocysteine levels. My passionate work revolves around assisting clients with creating a customized nutrition plan, including more antioxidants and regulating homocysteine levels, and deep-cleaning their diets in a delicious and sustainable manner.

Adrienne Raimo is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist and a Columbia-University Certified Health & Wellness Coach who provides customized nutrition support designed to empower her clients to achieve a higher level of health, energy, and vitality! She works with clients nationwide to eat nutritiously and live whole, healthy lives. Contact her through OneBiteWellness.com or via phone at 614-596-7795.

The Macular Degeneration Association has provided countless individuals, both those with this condition and their loved ones, with cutting-edge information in their seminars. From the latest medical discoveries in surgery or medications to how nutrition can impact Macular Degeneration, they are giving people hope and inspiration through information. I feel honored to have worked with this  wonderful team of people who are truly dedicated to bringing awareness and education about Macular Degeneration to the public.

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Kale Chips

1 bunch of kale
about 2 tbsp of olive oil
sea salt
parchment paper

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees; put parchment on baking pan. De-rib the   kale and tear them to chip-sized pieces. Lightly dip them into a bowl with the olive oil and sea salt. Massage the oil and salt into the leaves so that there is a thin layer on both sides. Bake kale pieces for about 5 minutes, then turn over and bake another 5 minutes. It will take about 8-10 minutes total and the pieces should be crispy, not burnt...so keep your eyes on them :). Enjoy!

Courtesy of Adrienne Raimo
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