Who doesn't love sushi?! Don't let the name "breakfast sushi" throw you off. The scrambled eggs is what gave it the name, but I actually eat it for lunch or dinner. It is basically a mash up of sushi and steak with eggs; the result is divine. The high fat (steak & avocado) low carb combination is perfect for someone suffering from lung problems. Keep reading below for more info!
Lung health hits really close to home because I personally have Alpha 1 Antitrypsin deficiency. It is a genetic disease that doesn't allow you to produce enough of the alpha 1 protein that protects your liver and lungs. It can result in needing lung and liver transplants. I was diagnosed about 2 years ago and was receiving prolastin infusions twice a week for about 6 months. I have oxygen tanks that I use as needed but I try not to use them unless I absolutely have to. One of the ways I like to help my lungs is by giving my body plenty of nourishment.
My two biggest tips for anyone suffering from lung issues, especially COPD or emphysema, would be to keep your weight up and eat lots of fat.
1. Keeping your body at a healthy weight is essential to keeping your lungs working optimally. Your diaphragm works your lungs and is a muscle, so if you have lost a bunch of weight or are not getting enough protein your muscles will be weak. With diaphragm fatigue you will not be able to push air in and out of your lungs very well, leading to even more difficulty breathing.
2. Eating high fat diets can help people maintain their weight, but for lung health there is a bigger picture we have to look at. This can get rather "sciencie" but I'll do my best to break it down. When you eat food, you metabolize the food to make energy to run your body. There is an awesome reaction that occurs between oxygen and the carbohydrates, fats, and protein we eat. The end result is that they are all converted to carbon dioxide and water. The difference between the 3 macronutrients is simply the ratio of carbon dioxide produced to oxygen consumed.
This is known as the RQ (respiratory quotient).
The RQ for carbohydrate is 1, fat is 0.7, and protein is 0.8. From a nutritional standpoint, this means that eating carbohydrates will yield the most carbon dioxide, while eating fats will yield the least carbon dioxide. This is important because the lower the amount of carbon dioxide produced=easier breathing! People who eat high carb diets are making a lot of carbon dioxide and this can make breathing much harder for them.
Give this low carb high fat recipe a try! More are coming!!!