The Updated Eating Restructuring Plan

Sorry it’s been so long since my last regular post. I’ve had some strange stomach bug nagging me the last several weeks, leaving me with only wanting to nibble on some dry, white toast. I must say…a stomach bug must be the worst things for foodies. It’s like our kryptonite. At long last, I’m feeling better with a more normal appetite.

I have also started to see a dietitian. Since the fibromyalgia diagnosis last fall, I started a new medication to help with my bouts of insomnia and broken sleep. However, it caused a bit of weight gain that overpowered some of my eating restructuring plan success of the last year.

So, my dietitian has me on a diet of 1,500 calories a day. No restrictions on carbs or other food groups, just keeping track of my portions. I have also taken to keeping a food journal. I find if I have to write it down, I carefully think about picking up that cookie or pudding cup first.

During my first visit I set the goal to lose 8-10 pounds by May 8 (my next appointment). My overall goal is to lose 10 percent of my body weight, which would put me around 150-155 pounds. Currently, I’m down 4 pounds since my first visit and I have about two weeks until my next appointment.

Tomorrow, we’ll take a look at one of the first recipes we tried to help me keep eating healthy! Be sure to check back – because this one is a keeper!

Health and Diseases

What is Fibromyalgia?

I’m going to digress from my usual post about food to discuss something that has recently become a part of my life. If you’re a regular follower of the blog, you’ll know that I have been undergoing some health issues in the past year – from problems with anemia getting under control as well as losing weight in preparation for family planning.

Since my last health update in June, I started noticing horrible stiffness and pain in the joints of my knees, hands, wrists and ankles. The pain was enough to cause horrible insomnia – sometimes only getting two or three hours of broken sleep at night. The overall fatigue that I was feeling in the earlier part of the year had improved slightly, but I still didn’t have 100 percent of my energy back. Yet, blood tests were all coming back normal.

My primary care doctor decided it was time to test me for some rheumatic diseases – something I’m all too familiar with because of my full-time job as communications manager at the Scleroderma Foundation’s National office. Tests were run to see if I possibly had lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, and I was scheduled to see a rheumatologist.

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