Eating Healthy Is Important for Everyone, Including People with Acromegaly
An important part of living with acromegaly is taking care of yourself physically. You should focus on eating a healthy diet that meets your body's nutritional needs.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a healthy eating plan gives your body the nutrients it needs every day while staying within your daily calorie goal. A healthy eating plan:
Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
Is low in saturated fats, trans fat, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars
An updated Healthy Eating Pyramid from the Harvard School of Public Health gets more specific: stating that half of your dinner plate should be filled with colorful vegetables (potatoes don't count) and fruits, and a quarter with whole grains. The rest can be filled with proteins, such as fish, poultry, beans, or nuts. Healthy oils, including olive and canola, can be used for cooking and on salads.
When it comes to eating products made from grains like bread, pasta, or cereal, choose whole grains (brown rice, whole wheat bread, whole grain pasta) instead of refined grains (white rice, white bread, white pasta). Consuming whole grains makes it easier for you to control your weight and lowers your risk of heart disease and diabetes.
There are also some things to stay away from or reduce in your diet, like unhealthy fats and cholesterol. Using less butter, margarine, or shortening when you cook and avoiding snacks high in fat content, which may be made with oils containing trans fats, are 2 simple ways to reduce these in your diet.
Limiting salt intake is yet another good way to improve your diet. Much of the salt people consume comes from pre-packaged foods. It's better to cook fresh whenever possible, so you control the amount of salt you use. If you like the convenience of prepared meals, look for ones with reduced sodium. If your food tastes bland, there are plenty of herbs, spices, and salt substitutes on the market to jazz your meals up!
Another important thing to remember is that how much you eat is just as important as what you eat. Watch your portions. And stay active. Regular physical activity combined with a healthy diet helps keep calories in balance and your weight in check so you can keep moving forward on your journey!
As always, consult with your doctor or other healthcare professionals for proper dietary advice to make your journey safe, healthy, and fulfilling.