Hello, all. My name is Russell Winwood, and I have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). I’m also known by many as the COPD athlete. One of the biggest factors that affect my ability to continue exercising with COPD is my diet, and I have to say it took me a while to find snacks I could eat that helped my COPD exercise program.
3 Snacks That Support a COPD Exercise Program
Exercising is one of the factors that I credit with helping me manage my COPD symptoms. I’ve also found that my exercise program is affected by the food I eat every day, and this includes the snacks I eat immediately before I exercise or while I’m exercising.
One snack that’s great to eat for COPD exercise programs is a couple of squares of dark chocolate. I’ve found that this snack has a lot going for it. For one thing, it’s high in healthy fats, which provides my body with a stable source of energy during exercise. Dark chocolate is also easy to find in most stores, and it’s easy to eat while I’m working out. I do recommend that you look for dark chocolate with 85% or higher cacao content since this will ensure you’re not getting too much sugar with your chocolate.
A second snack you can use when exercising with COPD is raw nuts. I’ll sometimes make my own mixture of raw almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts and Brazil nuts and keep it in a baggie with me when I’m working out. I choose these options because they’re high in healthy fats but don’t have the higher carb levels of nuts like pistachios and cashews.
Celery and nut butter is a third snack that’s great for people exercising with COPD. I like celery because it’s rich in vitamins A, K and C, and it also has important minerals like potassium. All these vitamins and minerals play a major role in your ability to move and maintain your lung health. Adding nut butter to my celery also provides me with a great shot of healthy fats, but I do have to be careful to use ones with no added sugar.
These are just a few of the great snack options you can use to boost your COPD exercise program. I hope you’ll give these snacks a try, and I hope they help you reach your COPD fitness goals. Remember to keep hydrated as well, preferably with an electrolyte drink with no added sugar. Until next time, this is Russell Winwood wishing you happy exercising with your COPD.
Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ Plans from Lung Health Institute Offer Lung-Health Snack Advice for COPD Patients
Our health care team at Lung Health Institute is dedicated to helping COPD patients find ways to manage and treat their COPD symptoms.
With this goal in mind, we’ve developed 3 Anti-Inflammatory Initiative, or AI2™, plans that may help you. One type of information these plans offer is lung-healthy foods you can use as snacks and recipes designed to improve your lung health. For instance, you’ll find tasty and lung-healthy recipes in our AI2 plans such as curried pork stew.
Other information these plans provide is a variety of tips for exercising, sleeping and dietary supplements. All the information in our AI2 plans is intended to help you boost your immune system and train your body to use fats as fuel to fight inflammation.
Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.