Post # 16
Wow! I feel for you. Try to find a good nutritionist. I happened to be appointed one when I was pregnant because it was a new thing in my city and the hospitals/doctors were trying it out for women pregnant over 30 years old. And it worked out well. They gave me a proper meal plan, and charts, etc. to keep track. They did a proper calorie count and what not. We met once a week and was taught more about nutrition specific to me. (Like I need more iron, for example.)
Post # 17
It’s great that you can eat cooked veggies! I can’t imagine not eating veggies. I love them! Fruit on the other hand, I could do without, which I know is weird.
I think it’s all about planning. If you (and your partner) can cook regularly, I think that’s the key. You can eat leftovers for lunches and snacks. That’s pretty much all I eat – when I get hungry I either cook, have my husband cook, or eat leftovers becuase there’s always some in the house. I don’t adhere very well to any snack vs meal designations. Snacks are just smaller portions of the other stuff!
I eat tons of veggies, and they are almost always cooked. I don’t love salads. Most of my meals consist of a sauteed or roasted veggie and a grain (rice, couscous, quinoa, millet, etc). I make a big pot of soup a couple times a month. I also make a lot of international foods that are veggie and/or bean heavy. My husband tends to make more comfort food type stuff, so we even each other out.
MyFitnessPal has also been great. I enter my recipes there and add the food to each day in advance. It helps me stay on track.
Post # 18
Sorry it has taken me so long to respond, life has been hectic! I’ve had my colonoscopy which didn’t shown anything really nasty but there was some inflammation that I’m waiting for biospsies to come back on, and I’ve been referred to the allergic clinic so things are slowly moving forward. In the meantime I’ve also found that dehydrating stuff makes it edible for me so I’ve become slightly obsessed with that as it means I can have fruit again. A friend also gave me a recipe for chickpeas which is really easy so I have a few healthier snack options again thank god.
I did have a couple of weeks of eating crap because i was getting so frustrated with it all and my weight has gone up as a result but I’m cracking down on eating habits again and doing a lot more exercise so hopefully it won’t take too long to come off.
boogiewoogies : honestly sometimes it’s just nice to know you’re not making it up and someone else out there understands! I was thinking of having a go at making some beef jerky myself so you’ll have to let me know how yours turns(ed) out.
Charliejeorge : holy crap, this list is amazing, thank you! I’m more of a little and often kind of eater as well as I find that helps keep my energy levels up better. I think I might write down all the suggestions I’m getting and start trying things out bit by bit.
wildflowerz : if you still have those recipes to send I would love to see them. And thank you, I have a lot of health issues to be honest, this is just the one causing me the most problems at the moment. It’s hard sometimes but I try not to let it get me down too much otherwise I won’t enjoy anything.
MollyCatherine : pretty much everything. The only thing I know I’m fine with are lemons and limes which, although tasty, aren’t the best snack foods haha. There’s some things I’ve not tried recently so I’m not sure about, but I’m reluctant to try when 99% of things I do try cause a reaction and I’ve reached the point of my throat closing. Hopefully the allergic clinic will help clear things up, and then I can get some input from a dietitian. Frozen, cooked and tinned are my go tos in the meantime.
Post # 19
queenie8119 : I’m glad it worked well for you. I’ll have to wait until I’ve been through the allergic clinic before I can get referred to a dietitian on the NHS but I’m going to look into the cost of a private one to see if it’s something I can reasonably afford
Lavender28 : I’ve grown to like vegatibles more and more over recent years. I’m really sad that I can’t have fresh peppers and hommous anymore as that was becoming a favourite snack. Leftovers are really helpful when we have them but Fi is awful at leaving any (he genuinely can’t tell when he’s full and he grew up being taught never to leave food behind because they couldn’t afford to waste it – I’m trying to get him out of this habit but it is a hard one to break.) We do cook, or eat home made at parents for most of the week though so we can experiment with different things to try and get healthier.
Post # 20
I agree a lot with PP on seeing a nutritionsit. My second piece of advice would be to divide up your snacks as soon as you get home from the grocery store. Mine don’t go into my pantry until they are divied into individual servings! Nuts, Fruits, veggies, even halo top ice cream is split up into the serving size I want (usually the serving size on the nutrition label)
Since you can eat cooked/grilled veggies, make a big stir fry and divide it up for lunches. That way you get plenty of veggies and some protein in there as well. You can play around with different recipies so you don’t get bored! Maybe do two different ones and alternate them each day
I mentioned on another thread that I also buy whatever protein is on sale and make a bunch of that for lunches with different seasonings, and then I just get microwave veggies. I will cook those at home the night before and divide up for the week. Or I get the individual serving packages of veggies. So if chicken thighs are on sale, I buy a bunch of them and season half in a curry seasoning and half in a traditional chicken seasoning. Cook them in the oven for a while and then I alternate each day so I don’t get bored. I will also put in a couple of chicken breasts in the crockpot on a Sunday while I do things around the house and then shred them. I can make all kinds of things with shredded chicken!
Post # 21
Hi there, I’m a lot like you. I have some sort of irritable bowel condition (have had extensive testing that has all come out negative), endometriosis, chronic gastritis, some sort of weird chronic respiratory/oral allergy/irritiation, and chronic fatigue. I have had the same issue as you in terms of having difficulty eating well when I am so tired all the time. A few things help me. First off, my fiance moving in helped so so much. Before he moved in, it felt impossible to take care of myself. I ate poorly for years when we were long distance and I think that definitely contributed to my weakening state. He helps me by helping with cleaning up and then making food at the times when I’m not well. So, what you can do is ask for help or find some backups! Is there someone that can help you out once in a while or is there a good, healthful go-to place from which you can get a meal that you know you can tolerate? Or maybe even freeze some meals (or buy freezer meals) that you can tolerate that can be quickly heated up at those times when you are low energy. The other thing I do is to pay attention to my body. I now know what I certainly can’t eat (which is a lot). Lastly, I was diagnosed with a B12 and vitamin D deficiency. I also found that taking magnesium made a huge difference. I would recommend you supplement these vitamins/minerals and also take a multi-vitamin. Your inflammation is probably not allowing for proper absorption of what you need. I wish you the very best and I’m so sorry you’re going through this. I am in the same boat as you. I honestly think we have some sort of viral illness.