How can an individual with a specific medical or psychological history have the same nutritional need as the average Joe based upon what the USDA recommends? Answer? You CAN’T.
We live in the day and age of immediate gratification, where a pill for everything is the solution to all our problems and drive-thrus save us time from our day. I have seen and worked with long-term care, chronically ill, acutely ill, HIV+/AIDS patients, returning Veterans, the very young to the very old; the very obese to the emaciated person with an eating disorder. My schooling, training, and learned philosophy of prolonging life has since significantly changed because of my experiences.
That's when my moment of clarity hit me...
I would create a philosophy and environment that is FUN, EXCITING, INTERACTIVE, and easy to use and maintain- not a quick fix; using technology (Skype or Facetime, etc.) to help maintain a patient/client focused one-on-one environment.
I acquired my Masters of Science in Nutrition over 13 years ago. I was trained in the “old school” way that good basic nutrition helps us live a better, longer life, but as technology and the years pass, things change. Not that I am denying the statement of living and prolonging a better life, but throughout the years with our ever changing health reform, our stabilizing of our HIV+/AIDS community, the return of our Veterans and psychological issues, the specialized care needed for our senior community, our ever growing obesity population, and seeing all of this first hand, I believe that one should prolong their life healthy, mentally and physically balanced, and the most importantly HAPPY!