Friday, January 8, 2016

Diet Talk

Time to get back on track after holiday eating!

My diet is supposed to be high protein low carb moderate fat, most similar to the MIND (Mediterranean-DASH) diet. I'm forced to modify it to eliminate wine (alcohol = paralysis), and I can't eat grains (of any kind) three times a day without a problem. I try to limit grains to two servings or less a day. I also have to be cautious of fructose, but I can usually get away with blueberries or strawberries if no sugar is added. Most other fruits are off limits (that does not include tomatoes or avocados, which I rebelliously count as vegetables). I eat a lot of beans and peas, occasional greens (not daily, because kidney stones), and I have not been able to give up cheese. I don't know if I ever will, to be honest, but I have reduced it. I use olive oil or grapeseed oil when I cook. My goal is usually chicken 3 days a week, seafood one day a week, beef one day a week, and a meatless day, with the 7th day being a cheat day to eat whatever I want. I limit pork to a couple of times a month now. I haven't perfected this by any means, but I've been working on it for a while.

One of my goals for the new year is to not bring another ounce of pasta or another Coca-Cola into the house. I still need to work on my candy intake. I shouldn't be eating it at all, needless to say. I'm sitting here shaming myself about it as I type, because I have no excuse. I'm a work in progress.

This diet is appropriate for most people with neuromuscular disease (again, careful with alcohol and grains, and talk to your doctor), but it's not the best diet for chronic kidney disease. Unfortunately, I have to choose between saving one or the other. I choose the muscles for obvious reasons (I'd like to be able to move, please and thanks).