In the kitchen with AMDF – strategies for cooking with low vision and recipes for the AMD Diet
The “Eat Right for Your Sight” four part cooking series includes science-based AMD diet recipes for reducing the risk of macular degeneration progression, along with tips on safe cooking practices.
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A cooking series featuring macular degeneration (AMD) diet recipes
Each episode is hosted by journalist, author and filmmaker, Jennifer Trainer Thompson who welcomes special guests to cook and discuss recipes good for macular degeneration, along with tips on assistive devices that make cooking in the kitchen accessible and safe.
Based on AMDF’s cookbook of the same name, the recipes derive from the groundbreaking work of Johanna M. Seddon, MD, ScM, Director of the Macular Degeneration Center of Excellence, UMass Chan Medical School. Her AMDF-funded studies have established eye nutrition as a cornerstone of AMD care, and her discoveries of the influence that genetic makeup and lifestyle choices have on one another form he basis for nearly all of the healthy habits that eye doctors recommend to AMD patients: stopping smoking, eating foods rich in omega-3 fats (whole fish) and lutein and zeaxanthin (dark, leafy greens), maintaining recommended body weight and blood pressure, and exercising.
Seddon, who co-authored the cookbook along with host Trainer Thompson, appears in episode 3. AMDF Founder and President Chip Goehring, who was diagnosed with AMD at the age of 39 and subsequently founded AMDF, appears in Episode 2 to do a little prep work, test out some of the safety tips, and describe his ongoing journey with macular degeneration.
“These shows are built on health and how-to, but at their core they convey hope,” says Trainer Thompson. “All are key ingredients to maintaining a great quality of life as we age, especially those who have to adjust to the additional losses that accompany a chronic condition like macular degeneration. It’s something we can live with, and still live well!”