As you age, it’s important to remember that you still are what you eat. A healthy and balanced diet reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, dementia, cancer and anemia.
Meal on Wheels of Albuquerque offers seven different types of special diets to meet your individual nutritional needs. All special diets are available as either frozen or hot meals. We work with a registered dietitian to help plan nutritious meals which meet your individual dietary needs.
1. Regular and Heart Healthy Special Diets:
1 in 5 Americans have high cholesterol, but many don’t know they have it until their first heart attack or stroke. By watching what you eat, you can lessen your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Our heart healthy diet is designed to be lower in fat, cholesterol and sodium while higher in fiber to aide in preventing cardiovascular disease.
2. Diabetic Diet:
Individuals with diabetes are unable to produce sufficient insulin or respond to the insulin that the body does make. Insulin is needed to convert sugar in our blood to energy for our body. The goal is to have a diet balanced in carbohydrates to provide sufficient energy, but not too much. Excess starch in your diet can lead to high blood sugar, while not enough starch can lead to low blood sugar. Our diabetic diet provides the recommended amount of carbohydrates to maintain the best balance.
3. Soft/Bland Diet:
This diet may be beneficial for individuals with stomach or intestinal issues, such as nausea, vomiting or indigestion. It excludes or limits food items known to stimulate gastric irritation. Meals limit raw vegetables, raw fruit, black pepper, red pepper, chili powder or other strong spices.
4. Renal/Dialysis Diet:
Individuals with renal insufficiency, or those who undergo dialysis, would benefit from this diet. This diet provides necessary protein, while being low in potassium, phosphorus, and salt.
5. Vegetarian Diet:
The vegetarian diet is intended for individuals wanting to limit or exclude foods from animal sources. The lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet allows dairy products and eggs but no red meat, poultry or fish. The main entrée may include eggs, dairy, legumes, soy nuts, tofu or seeds. This diet is formulated to provide the needed amount of protein and nutrients, while following the client’s wishes.
6. Mechanical Soft Diet:
The mechanical soft diet includes foods modified in texture, such as chopped, ground or mashed to promote ease of chewing. The mechanically soft diet consists of foods which are generally moist and require minimal chewing before swallowing. Most raw fruits and vegetables are excluded, as are any foods containing seeds, nuts and dried fruits, while soft, ripened fruits such as peaches and pears are processed to an appropriate texture for eating. Vegetables such as broccoli, peas and carrots are also cooked and processed for ease of eating.
7. Pureed Diet:
The pureed diet is used for individuals who have difficulty chewing or swallowing. This diet minimizes the need for chewing and eases the swallowing of food. All food is blended to a smooth consistency with a thinning agent, such as broth or water, then stabilized with a commercial food thickener to obtain a smooth consistency and increase the palatability of the meals.
*We consider our meals to be enough for 1.5 meals per day for our clients. Nutritional counts for our meals are calculated based on this assumption. Factors such as sodium, fat, etc. are determined on a weekly average.