By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP It is natural to consider healthy aging as all the habits that increase physical health. However, we want to discuss this week something that is more valuable than your physical health. We consider spiritual health an important part that grows old together with our body. Our spiritual health or “strong in spirit” needs to get along well … Continue reading Spiritual Health and Your Spiritual Legacy
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP According to Dr. Judy Salerno of the National Institute on Aging, “Disease and disability are not inevitable consequences of aging.” In fact, the medical community as a whole has a lot of research dedicated to the concept of “healthy aging.” Dr. Salerno says, “Maintaining good habits and positive attitudes is what we should all be aiming for.” … Continue reading Healthy Aging
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Does eating carbohydrates cause weight gain or make it difficult to lose weight? That depends. Eating too many calories from any type of food will cause weight gain. But foods with low fiber content often contain a lot of calories without any nutrients. They are metabolized very quickly into glucose. The sudden spike in the blood glucose … Continue reading Carbohydrates – Part III
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP How many carbohydrates does a person need in a day? Instead of counting carbohydrates, dietitians now recommend planning meals using the “Healthy Plate.” At each meal, half of the plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables and a quarter of the plate should be filled with whole grains. (Dietitians do not count potatoes or French fries … Continue reading Carbohydrates – Part II
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Source: Cleveland Clinic For the past 2 months, we have spent time understanding sugar and how much we should take in our daily diet. It would be logically to follow the sugar discussion with a deeper appreciation of its relationship to carbohydrates. Nowadays, many health conscious folks would go light on carbohydrates. Let us explore together what … Continue reading Carbohydrates
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP The Provincial Care Ministry highly recommends this important publication from Harvard. See How Much Sugar is in Soda, Juice, Sports Drinks, and Energy Drinks The Nutrition Source has prepared a handy guide to the amount of sugar and calories in soda, juice, sports drinks, and other popular beverages, How Sweet Is It? The front of the guide graphically depicts … Continue reading How Sweet is it?
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Last week we began the conversation on sugar and fruit, abstracting from the article “If sugar is so bad for us, why is the sugar in fruit OK? The source is from the “The Conversation” March 7, 2018 posting, authored by Ms. Kacie Dickinson, an accredited practicing dietitian; lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics, Finders University and Ms. … Continue reading If sugar is so bad for us, why is the sugar in fruit OK? Part II
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP The topic of eating less sugar is not new. We have been told to pay attention to the sugar content of our intake to make sure we consume the appropriate amount of sugar. Louis, my husband, teaches the grandsons to read the label; any food that contains more than 4 grams of sugar they should consider how … Continue reading If sugar is so bad for us, why is the sugar in fruit OK?
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP You are going to laugh at me this week. Yes, I am showing you two charts comparing some of your favorite foods. The goal is for you to now look at the food item and determine whether the glucose content meets your dietary choice. It is a cliché; a picture is better than a thousand words. I, … Continue reading Know your glucose content and Make a Smart Choice
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP I love what was described in the independent.co.UK website about certain facts of sugar. I hope you would enjoy reading the reason why many of us love sugary food. What happens to your body when you overindulge your sweet tooth? Sugar is essential for the human body as it powers the cells that keep us alive. However, … Continue reading Sweet Talk – Why Is Sugar so Attractive to Us?
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP We need sugar and carbohydrates as our main source of energy, converted by the body to power our cells and keep us alive and growing. But I was shocked by this data reported from the independent.co.UK: the average adult consuming approximately 63 grams (2.2 ounces), nearly 16 teaspoons, of sugar each day. That’s over twice the recommended daily … Continue reading Sweet Talk – How Much Sugar Should We Eat Each Day?
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Two weeks ago, for those who might miss reading our discussion on “Sweet Talk”, we began exploring what are the many faces of sugar. We recognize that sugar can be simple or complex and that their names usually end with “ose”. We also understand that sugar is part of the carbohydrates in our food. This week, I … Continue reading Sweet Talk – How Does Human Body Digest Food?
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP As we are paying more attention to the increase in incidences of obesity and diabetes, we often focus on what we should eat, namely, how much “sugar and carbohydrates” is not considered excessive. I thought we might want to understand the many faces of sugar and how that relates to carbohydrates in the upcoming weeks. *Scientifically, sugar … Continue reading Sweet Talk – Types of Sugar in your Food
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP May 26, 2019 was a beautiful day of celebration at St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church in Chinatown, Los Angeles. Not only were we Salesians celebrating the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, but this was the occasion for the induction of 18 candidates to become Salesian cooperators. As usual, Fr. Ted, our Provincial, delivered a memorable homily … Continue reading Establishing a Healthy Relationship with the Seniors
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP I have a confession to make. The sin was committed last week. It was the sin of omission. Last week in our discussion about the benefits of water, I pointed out that beer and alcohol should not be counted as part of the daily liquid intake. However, I forgot about a very important liquid that we should … Continue reading Say Goodbye to Soda for Good!
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Sixty years ago, I could never imagine in my lifetime that we would pay for a bottle of water. Back then in Macau, water was the most undesirable drink that you could offer to a kid. A treat was, this is still very fresh in my memory, to go to the corner store down the end of … Continue reading Water: Good Water
By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP When it comes to health issues and management, it seems like the Eastern and Western approaches often differ. However, the perception of water and its value to your health appears to be very similar. It is a popular belief in Hong Kong, Japan and China that you should drink two cups of warm water before eating breakfast. … Continue reading Water: How Much Do You Know about Water and Health?