Saving Energy 
Individuals who have COPD must learn to conserve energy because shortness of breath increases with increases in activity. For that reason, there are times, on those bad days, when it is necessary to conserve your energy.  These tips are from COPD patients who have gone through it.  There are many more and we would like to add some of your suggestions.  Obviously everyone will not need to adopt all of the suggestions presented and if strength or breathing improves, some energy savers may be discarded.  A good general rule to follow is to inhale while resting or completing an activity and exhale when exerting.  For example, if you must bend over to pick something up, exhale on the exertion of bending over, and then inhale when you are coming back to the standing rest position.  However,  if you are going to pick up a heavy object, then exhale as you bend over, rest and breathe in, and then exhale as you make the lift.  It is also useful to pace yourself by doing something difficult and then something easy, alternating as you have the energy.  The world won't come to the end if you don't get all the dishes washed.  More Below

Here is a solution! 
My face in the mirror
Isn't wrinkled or drawn
My house is not dirty
the Cobwebs are gone.
My garden looks lovely
and so does my lawn
I think I might never
put my glasses back on!

Bathroom Activities and Dressing Tips

Bed making and Sleeping Shopping Cooking Cleaning
What has worked for you?  These are only a few of the energy saving tips that COPD sufferers use on a daily basis.  If you have a good tip, drop a line and let us consider it for including on this page. 

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Pork 'n Bean Bread

2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 16 oz can drained pork 'n beans
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup raisins (optional)


Prepare oven to 325 degrees. In large bowl, mix sugar, oil, eggs and beans, beating until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine next four ingredients. Add to bean mixture, stirring until just combined. Stir in raisins and vanilla. Fill five greased and floured 16 oz. cans two thirds full with batter. Place cans on a baking sheet and bake 45 to 50 minutes, testing for doneness with a toothpick. Cool completely on a wire rack before removing bread from cans. Bread may also be baked in two 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 by 2 3/4 inch load fans at 325 degrees for 50-55 minutes. This equals 5 cans or 2 loaves of bread.