While nutrition is important for your physical health if you have a lung condition, staying social is something that is vital to your emotional and mental health.
One way that you may be able to satisfy both of these needs is by going out to eat with your family or with friends. However, there are several aspects of dining out that could cause you trouble when you’re living with a lung condition.
To help you deal with some of these issues, here are two tips that you may be able to use to make your dining out experience as enjoyable as possible.
Tip #1: Stay Close to Home
Lung conditions typically include the symptom of becoming tired more easily, and this symptom can cause problems for you when you’re considering dining out.
One issue that may arise due to this symptom is that you may not feel comfortable with driving a long way to get to the restaurant. One way to get around this issue is to pick a restaurant that is close by, which is very easy to do with a quick internet search.
However, if you do need to get to a restaurant that’s further away, you may want to ask a friend or family member to drive you to the restaurant and back so you don’t get too tired.
Tip #2: Keep Your Food as Real as Possible
One of the biggest downsides to dining out with your lung condition is the reliance of many restaurants on processed ingredients. These ingredients may be problematic for you because they could cause you to experience a worsening of your symptoms.
One way that you can reduce the chance of this is to pick a restaurant that only uses fresh ingredients in their food. Even if you are eating at a restaurant that relies on processed ingredients, there are still steps you can take to reduce the chances of a symptom flare-up. Most restaurants provide healthy options, try looking at the menu before getting there.
For instance, you can choose menu options that are more likely to use fresh ingredients, such as fish dishes or salads. You can also do things like ask for vinegar and oil for your salad in place of preservative-laced dressings.
Dining Out Tips and Other Useful Information Is Included in Lung Health Institute Wellness Plans
The team of health professionals at the Lung Health Institute knows that many factors can help you maintain a high quality of life with your lung disease. To address as many of these factors as possible, our team has created three levels of Wellness Plans that focus on things like nutrition, physical activity, mental health and others.
To find out more about how our Wellness Plan may be able to assist you, contact one of the dedicated patient coordinators at the Lung Health Institute now.