Joanne SmithWhenever I do my client intakes and review lists of foods they regularly consume, I’ve noticed there are two foods/drinks people are routinely hesitant, and even sometimes embarrassed, to tell me they ingest — red meat and coffee! It’s become so consistent that when I ask if they eat or drink either, I put my pen down because, after reluctantly telling me yes, they then run through a list of reasons why they enjoy them and then try to persuade me not to take either away. I always reassure my clients, as I’d like to assure you, in their purest form, neither is bad for you. In fact, for many people with disabilities, they are highly recommended. Here’s why …

Many people who live with disabilities, such as brain injuries, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis, experience fatigue. A long list of factors can contribute to fatigue, including but not limited to chronic pain, low blood pressure, reduced respiratory capacity, and poor diet and nutrition. Persistent low energy can often lead to low mood, reduced motivation and decreased ability to perform every day activities.

The appetizing news is that eating red meat (preferably organic, which doesn’t contain hormones and antibiotics) one or two times a week can play a significant role in improving energy levels. The mineral iron found in red meat