We want to maximize the social and emotional impact of meals so as to allow each resident the opportunity to enjoy their meals to the fullest extent that they desire. No person will be rushed and at all times will be given all of the time they need to finish a meal. In no instance do we dictate to anyone when and where to eat.
We believe that eating a meal can continue to be a social event for those in our home. We provide the opportunity before each dinner meal, for the residents to enjoy a social happy hour.
The nature of the meals are constantly monitored and refined. Additionally, and more importantly, the food intake for each person is to be determined in consultation with the resident's health care provider, physician, dietician or nutritionist. This is done in regard to meal planning and modified diets.
For example: there are three (3) types of diabetes. Making the right food choice is an important factor in controlling each type. complications from diabetes can be signficantly reduced or delayed by controlling blood glucose levels through self monitoring, medication and diet.
Although there is no longer a special "diabetes" diet, the foods consumer by a diabetic are to be low in saturated fat, high in fiber and have good sources of vitamins and minerals.
As the foods diabetics eat are the same as those eaten by anyone else who wants to consume a healthful diet, we will try to use the following guidelines in formulating and planning our meals at Golden Gardens (and as modified with guidance by the professionals identified above):
- 50-60% of total calories per day from carbohydrates
- 10-20% of total calories from protein
- About 30% of total calories from fat
- Less than 10% of total calories from saturated fat
- Less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol per day per person
- 20-35 grams of dietary fiber per day per person
- Less than 2000-2400 milligrams of sodium per day per person