Dietary plan for Mrs. Crites
It is important for us to understand that there is no specific meal plan that suits all skin conditions. This simply tells us that there are certain meal plans that work for certain skin condition. This indicates that there are certain types of diet or meal plan that best suits Betty Crites skin condition that is found to be showing the signs of stage 1 pressure ulcers. An ulcer that is related to the effect of reduced mobility the patient has as a challenge resulting from the lifestyle of an unskilled long term care. Her chronic conditions of hypertension that she is being controlled by medication will also contribute to one of the factors or determinant of the type of meal that will help rebuilt her skin health state. The meal plan is a 3 day dietary planning which is made up of those essential meals and snacks helpful for Mrs. Crites.
- She can take a small glass of orange juice (This is a fruit juice to start the day)
- Porridge (This can be added with summer fruit compote or blueberries) If there is no actual time for making this type of meal, she can as well as sent from it from shops that sell such.
- In the afternoon she can take Salmon, watercress and red pepper roll (This can simply be done by draining a small can of salmon, which can then be mixed with 2 tablespoons of reduced fat mayonnaise).
- She can also add a spoon of large whole meal roll which is added with plenty of watercress and slices of roasted red pepper (Gibson, 2014).
- She can also add oranges, tangerine or any available fruits. Snack: 2 oatcakes spread with red pepper hummus
- Beans with fried plantain and vegetables placed on the plantain (Gibson, 2014). The Kiwi and melon fruit salad can also be taken if she likes such kind of meal.
- She can also take as small glass of orange juice a start for the second day
- There are different types of wholegrain cereal low in starch content which can be taken by her (Weetabix, Shredded Wheat or Bran flakes). That cereal can be added with a small amount of semi skimmed milk and blueberries or raspberries.
- She can also take different forms of snacks which carrots, banana and others
- Tomato soup and wholemeal roll(Gibson, 2014) . This can be added with large slice of fresh pineapple
- Snack: containing low fat fruit yoghurt with less sugar
- Flower meal with less sugar added with fish stirred broccoli and red pepper
- Mango and pomegranate seeds taken as fruit form
- Another small glass of orange juice taken as a first intake
- For the real breakfast, 1 slice of whole meal toast topped with peanut butter and mashed banana
- Fruit smoothie (there are different sources for this. This could be shop bought or homemade)
- Roasted vegetable and brown rice or pasta salad (gives more of carbohydrate level and fat)
- She also could add passion fruit, kiwi and vanilla yoghurt for the lunch time meal – She needs to stir the pulp of 2 passion fruit and 1 peeled and diced kiwifruit into 1 pot of low fat vanilla yoghurt
- For the snack type she can get the small packet of nuts and raisins
- A baked salmon fish combined with couscous and roasted vegetables is a very good combination for the evening meal. This can be combined with the 2 % Greek yogurt with raspberries and kiwi fruit.
Note on the rationale for the dietary plan
There are several factors that influence the type and style of dietary meal plan for the patient. The first is the goal of what is meant to be achieved which is the improvement of the health of the skin. Apart from this major goal, the other factor which is important to consider is the previous health factor of the patient which is in terms of her hypertensive state, the depressive state and the likelihood of her having diabetes. This is simply because of the risk of having such type of ulcer.
The major types of diet that she will require are those that are of lesser fat and sugar content but those rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins (Gibson, 2014). The basic rationale for this is related to the fact that there is a need for healing of the ulcer which will be facilitated by the diet rich in minerals, vitamins and proteins. These nutritional contents will also contribute to a fast improvement in the skin health (Gardner, 2014).
The reduction of fats and sugar level in the dietary plan is the fact that there is a need for the control of the sugar level in the patient’s blood and the hypertension. This is simply because fatty foods always increase the level of blood pressure which will affect the health of the patient.
That daily orange juice intakes helped a lot in terms of the vitamin requirements of the patient. Porridge intake that is inclusive in the 3 day meal plan is added to provide the mixture of diet with carbohydrate, vitamins and oil. Since the plan is focused on reducing the level of fat and sugar, porridge helps to maintain an important amount of diets with normal sugar level. The reduced fat level mayonnaise added is also to create some level of fat intake for the patients so that she will not be short of such nutrient as the level required for her in her present age and health state. The variety of fruits that were inclusive are all available for her skin to achieve the related amount of healing required (One Green planet, 2013). It will also contribute to better health of the skin of Mrs. Crites. Vitamins and minerals gives more youthful age for old patients simply because of the reduction in the rate of aging associated with such age (Gibson, 2014).
It also important for her to get enough calories and nutrients. It is also essential for her body not to be dehydrated simply because this is one of the important factors that make the skin to be easily injured. Once the tissue and fat required is not enough, it makes that area of the skin to have less padding hence any increase in pressure like what Mrs. Crites has wildl place her on increased risk pressure ulcer.
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Retrieved 14, Febuary, 2014 from http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-care-11/diet-and-skin
Gibson, Lawrence. (2014). What are the best foods for healthy skin? Foods for healthy skin: Top picks
Retrieved 15 Febuary, 2014 from http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-skin/expert-answers/faq-20058184
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