I have the opposite problem, I gain weight. I don't eat much either, I agree my meds have cut my appetite. I had a hormonal meltdown when the neck ruptures occured, I gained 35 lbs. in 30 days and was unable to eat at that time. My diet after the surgery was mostly water and soups! Had numerous tests done and they discovered I had very low adrenal function....the shock to my system from the ruptures literally fried my hormone system, it caused early menopause and cortisol malfunction. Since then I have been on numerous supplements to try and kickstart the adrenals....just recently it has begun to show signs of life. From all the years of attending Seminars and listening to and working with Homeopaths, Naturopaths, Chiropractors and Nutritionalists it is instilled in me that the foods we eat DO affect our Health. Especially what we eat at Dinner, our healing cycle is at night so what we feed our body before bedtime is what our cells have to work with. I lost my way for a while with my diet, felt sorry for myself and began to eat alot of comfort foods, sweets, ice cream then salty to balance the sugar lol, from that short spurt I gained an additional 15 lbs. Not only did I gain weight but I found myself with indigestion and acid reflux, it was awful and I knew I had to do something with my diet. I also am allergic to sugar, hows that for a sucky situation!! CP and then NO SUGAR....geez!
Currently, I eat mostly veggies, fresh fruit and meat. I have started pre planning snacks like a piece of fruit or veggies and a handful of nuts or a piece of fruit/veggies and cheese. With the amount of pain meds we all take eating foods in their natural state vs. bagged, bottled or boxed seems to provide the fiber we require to keep our systems moving. I do allow myself a sweet treat on occasion and believe me I enjoy it while I'm munching it but the next day really really feel like crap. I also think to myself if I'm fat eating like this I shudder to think what would happen if I ate all those yummy foods that are calling my name as I grocery shop! I have finally started to lose between 1/2-1 lb. from all my efforts, so I guess its worth while.
I feel for you because we fat people all joke about people who are too thin, but I know its as traumatic as being overweight.
Thanks for this post...you always come up with interesting topics that keep us sharing!!
PA and FJ,
Its a vicious cycle...and PA you are correct, CP wears on our hormone system, alot of people don't realize this, our sleep is interrupted not just because of the pain but because the pain has caused a disruption in our Cortisol levels, I had mine tested several times, I have too much at night and not enough during the day....interesting I can fight the fatigue during the day and make myself do things...which in turn just taxes the hormone/cortisol/adrenal levels further. We are really like the walking dead (sorry for this but don't you feel like that sometimes?), we have severe pain, we take drugs, the pain is exhausting the drugs are supposed to cut the pain and then make us more tired..... so along comes meal time and seriously who has the energy to prepare healthy foods, its so much easier to grab a box of pasta and meat and wahlah theres a meal...not very healthy for anyone but especially we CP'ers. Cooking and eating healthy takes effort!
Just recently I've started making Sat or Sun my cooking days, this morning I stir fryed 4 different veggie dishes, so they are ready for me to reheat. I also made a huge salad with leafy greens lots of cucumbers, red peppers, carrots, tomato....the salad will stay fresh for 3-4 days so again it makes it easy to stay with my plan.
I do know that Acid reflux is reduced by cutting out foods that make acid, sugar, coconut pie lol, dairy, coffee..the more veggies we eat the more alkaline or pH balanced our body becomes preventing overacidification of the system. You could also drink a green drink, like SuperGreens or Greens first or juice veggies! I have a friend who is a Nutritionist and she says "small changes make big differences in the body" just start by making dinner your healthiest meal, mostly veggies, lots of good oil and you will notice big improvements within a few weeks. She also recommends sipping lots of water with lemon throughout the day.
I guess my dream would be to be Oprah and have a cook that way it would be done for me yup I could get into that very happily.....hahahaha!
I love all of you so much!!
Ok, you won't believe this. My wife and daughter went shopping all day so it was just me. I had a desire for pineapple. I went to the store and then I thought a banana would be good too. I sliced the fresh pineapple and grilled it. I also cut the banana up and caramelized it in a pan with a little butter and brown sugar(just a pinch). Then I took some marion berry jam with a little lemon juice and cooked it into a syrup. I put the pineapple on a plate with some whipped topping, then the caramelized bananas and then the berry syrup poured over it. I have to stop watching cooking shows. No room for dinner.
Picture this.....FatherJohn and Pete doing a Cooking Reality Show....I think we would all tune in for that lol....wait I think all of HW family would show up for that one!!