Food Glorious Food! (and involuntary diets)


Food Glorious Food! (and involuntary diets)

That is sung with a sad howly tone.  Ie, sung with an extended ‘OOooood!!!’ at the end, a falling pitch you might say.  You see I love food, I’ve always had a very healthy appetite and will eat almost anything and everything apart from liver.  Hate the stuff, tastes like metal (not that I’ve eaten iron bars in the past, but if I did, I should expect them to taste like liver).

You see, I’m dieting and it is making me miserable.  This diet is completely involuntary and I’m pig sick of not being able to eat what I like.   I’m not overweight, I’m an average 12/14 and am quite tall so I don’t think it looks so bad on me. At this point you may be wondering why I’m putting myself through this.  Because I blummin’ well have to.

I was diagnosed with Colitis / Proctitis (apparently the names interchange according to my doctor) about  a month ago after having had a sigmoidoscopy.  The steroids I took for two weeks didn’t appear to make any difference, so now I’m just trying to control tummy cramps and other symptoms you’d rather not know about, by using a low-residue diet.  That’s what the doctor has said to do, so that’s what I’m doing – and I hate it.  I’m also now slightly anaemic which is nice.

In the past I’ve never particularly put on weight, have always exercised lots and have been healthy as a rule.  That doesn’t include my hyperchondria, I’ve been afflicted with that for many years (the doc says there’s no cure).  You see I’m used to being happy and healthy mostly, apart from the usual bugs the kids seem to regularly bring home.  This is all new territory to me.  I don’t like being ill, I’m rubbish at it.  I moan, I complain, I stare at other people’s food, it’s not nice for me or my nearest and dearest.  I’m also hogging the bathroom an awful lot, but on the upside, I’m getting through my stack of National Geographics quite nicely.  Which is ironic really.  I’m reading all about the world, whilst not being able to get out and about and see it, due to being stuck in the bathroom.  It’s not fair!

There’s far worse things that could be wrong with me, and I’m not having an out and out pity party.  This is just an irritated rant.  For years I have tried to eat healthy food, I’ve bought wholemeal bread, brown rice, stuff with seeds in, crackers with bits in that taste like sawdust, eaten raisins as snacks and generally made an effort.  All of a sudden these things are forbidden and I’m left with limp white bread ham sandwiches and lame-ass chicken soup.  You see I have to eat as little fibre and fat as possible for a limited period.  How long the ‘limited period’ is, is anyone’s guess.  Until my poor irritated bowel calms down it seems, which it doesn’t appear to be doing.

In the meantime I have to leave the room for fear of drooling if Horace is eating a packet of crisps, and to stop myself aggressively slamming things around if someone’s sat there eating a chocolate digestive.  There’s stuff I can eat, but there’s a lot of stuff I can’t eat too.  All in all this is quite literally a pain in the arse.

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3 responses to “Food Glorious Food! (and involuntary diets)

  1. Poor you, sounds awful! However, like you – I am a believer in positive mental attitude and I’ve had a quick scout round the net to see what I can come up with…

    It seems that low fibre diets recommend you only eat small portions – but on the plus side, this equates to eating little and often. Woo hoo! Gone are your three square meals a day, say hello to 7 to 10 snacky meals – yippee!

    An excellent way to get your yummy veggies and fruits but avoiding the nasty fibre is to juice them – this breaks the fibre down (but you need a juicer that collects the pulp, could you blend and strain perhaps?)

    I have read that the following foods are lower in fibre (and I’ve tried to only include low fat ones):
    Alfalfa sprouts
    Asparagus
    Bamboo shoots
    Cabbage
    Cauliflower
    Celery
    Courgette
    Cucumber
    Garlic
    Lettuce
    Mushrooms
    Onions
    Pepper
    Potato, no skin
    Radish
    Tomato

    Applesauce
    Apricots
    Banana
    Cantaloupe
    Cherries
    Grapefruit
    Grapes
    Honeydew melon
    Mandarin orange
    Peach
    Pineapple
    Watermelon

    Lean pork
    Chicken, turkey
    Fish, seafood
    Tofu

    Plus, as you seem to know, you’re better off with refined grains – so white rice, pasta, bread. Maybe gluten free foods will be good also as they’re made with no wheat (but don’t quote me on that) – Approved Foods sometimes have GF stuff for cheap.

    Anyway, overall, I reckon you can have a pretty varied diet there. Maybe stirfries, stuffed vegetables (stuffed with blended meat, veg, maybe some breadcrumbs – how are you with eggs?), BBQ some veg as kebabs, homemade soups, but most of all MASHED POTATO!

    I have no idea if that is any help at all! But that is what I found out on the internet today xx

  2. Been reading more…
    Interestingly, also been reading that your veg are better without skins, seeds or stalks (obvious I suppose)

    Sunflower spread and rice milks to replace dairy (if too fatty)

    Lots of flavourings still accessible – spices, honey, miso, vinegar and non-citrus jam apparently!

    Maybe polenta would be a good option ‘stodge’?

    This site seems to have some nice ideas – http://www.livestrong.com/article/109769-meals-low-fiber-fat/

    xx

  3. Oh, I see my last comment didn’t publish. Poo.

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