Many Oklahomans have dietary concerns. Some have children with food allergies. Other Oklahomans have family or friends with chronic conditions like Diabetes, Fibromyalgia and High Blood Pressure. There are Oklahomans who have diseases like Cancer. Like other states’ populations, Oklahoma has people who find themselves being more health and food conscience in order to maintain their health; as a preventative measure. Oklahoma City-County Health Department offers a wellness program that teaches dietary changes that can positively address health concerns; especially diabetic related.
There are children in Oklahoma who suffer from food allergies. An Oklahoma City mother admitted the difficulty for finding snack foods for her son who has a peanut allergy. Many snack food items are prepared with, around or near peanuts. The slightest bit of peanut oil or peanut matter can tragically affect a child with a peanut allergy. This can be a matter of life or death. This conscientious Oklahoma City mother deliberately reads all ingredients listed on every food product before purchasing them. She looks for the terms “peanut free”, “free of all nuts” or “not produced near, around or with nuts.” She feels purchasing food items with these terms on their labels have rescued her son from inadvertently eating something that would cause his peanut allergy to flair.
Another great method for preventing a child’s food allergy is for parents to insist at daycares and schools for their child to solely eat food items he or she brings from home. This prevents errors from school and daycare staff where they might inadvertently hand a food item the child is allergic. This Oklahoma City mother warns this can happen and did once with her child who became seriously ill.
An Oklahoman from Sulphur, about six months ago, was placed by her physician on a more strict diet. Her diabetes had become worse. The physician, as part of her new diet, had included the avoidance of fried foods. Like most, she loved Oklahoman comfort foods which are predominately fried. This further meant no doughnuts for they are fried too. She does miss these, but after adhering to this prescribed diet an improvement in her health was noticed. She admits changing what she ate was best. Today, she sees the results with following this prescribed diet. This Sulphur resident has fewer diabetic incidences. She is grateful for her physician’s nutritional prescription that helped her blood sugar count.
These are not isolated cases. Other Oklahomans, throughout the state, have been surprised by their physicians prescribing specific diets as part of their health management. Many admit their health is linked to what they ingest and following their individualized prescribed diet has proven this to them. These dietary conscious Oklahomans have admitted to forgoing eating certain Holiday treats to maintain their health, prevent allergic food reactions or manage a chronic condition. They are not upset about missing out on specific Holiday foods. They prefer a healthier body. Holiday Greetings and enjoy the day!