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Recently diagnosed with GERD. Doctor not sure what the cause is, the digestive enzymes for my chronic pancreatitis, or the Lupus itself. Could be both. The fat counts in my blood were still up as well, indicating an inflamed pancreas. So I had to reduce my minimal fat intake…again.
In the last two weeks I have been trying to find food I can eat. Its been an eye opener! Here I though, I was easting well all along. I have oatmeal for breakfast, noodle soup (Low salt) for lunch and steamed bland something for dinner. My snacks are no sugar apple sauce or whole grain Cheerios. I have on low fat yogurt a day. After being told about the fat intake I began to wonder where it was coming from…found it in the noodle soup! I also had chicken strips now and then, found them full of fat too! The noodle soups are full of trans fats, 12 grams fats, 6 grams tranfats one package. These are the flat hard Asian noodles. In one meal was getting 30% of my daily intake! For a low fat diet, that’s a lot! So no more of them! No more chicken strips either. I had considered them okay, but being deep fired they are not. If I go out for a meal now I am limited to grilled chicken. I do not eat beef, and am allergic to fish. I am a tad worried that the doctors will soon make mention of gluten! Lets hope not or I’ll starve.
Due to the pancreatic issues I can only eat easy to digest foods, all cooked in some way, so salads are out, tried them and they tied me up in knots! I can not eat acidic foods, so citrus is out as are tomatoes, onions and garlic and no spices of any sort. You try going out in the world and finding food without them! I am hoping that somewhere out there there exist a food producer interested in folk like me, and will begin making easy to prepare foods, or restaurant fare that can be consumed by souls in my situation so we can eat our now and then. Its bad enough that I have to take a digestive enzyme pill with every meal. (Its a capsule form, with coated granules inside, I can open it up to take it) it’s very powerful stuff, prescription, and since I can not swallow pills must be mixed in a small bit of jam to be taken. This on its own creates a public stir. I have had people ask me pointedly what I am doing! Life has become a bit of a challenge.
These last three weeks I have not done any editing or writing at all, too down! I am almost always hungry, and find eating no longer a pleasure. I do it to fuel myself, nothing more. The food at best is bland, even when I try to fool myself into thinking otherwise. My husband has been great about it, eating the same stuff I do to make meal preparation easier. He takes care of his own breakfast and lunch, and never complains about the supper I serve, though I suspect he is getting tired of the bland! I have offered to make him a big plate of spicy pasta, but he refuses. He feels its unfair to have me prepare such a meal and not get to enjoy it. He has offered to cook his own, but its my kitchen! At least so far it is.
Just this last week the USA announced its ban on transfats. I applaud them and hope that Canada catches up to that plan soon, then it will forced the food manufactures to make foods free of the stuff and I can start having soup again! Until then the hunt is on, I seek something tasty to eat that doesn’t eat my gut out in return!