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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-06-23 05:55
Subject: [personal|cancer] Sleeping with the enemy
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Tags:cancer, food, health, personal

After a fairly miserable weekend, sleep-wise, last night was probably my best night’s sleep since going off intensive post-operative medication. Ie, my best night of normal sleep since April. It was also the first night since April I’ve been able to sleep on my side in my more-or-less normal sleeping posture.

Coincidence? I think not.

I also have discovered that staying off fried foods, white flour, heavy starches, beef and excessive dairy considerably eases my affaires de colon. This is not the least bit surprising, but I’m in the position now where my appetite and cravings are in a serious mismatch with what my body will actually handle, thus requiring some active mental effort to manage this issue. I’m also eating considerably less food volume than my pre-op norms, so my weight has slid down a bit.

So after a day of careful eating yesterday and night of sleeping on my side, I feel ready to fight tigers. By damn, I can see normal from here.

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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Katrina
User: kmarier
Date: 2008-06-23 17:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Diet modification is HARD. But possible, always possible. I know what's helped me is make a list of items I must have in their original form and eat them as treats and make a list of other foods that I've modified how I cook them (example: oven fries vs. french fries) and to keep tinkering until I perfect them. Luckily we live in an area where there is much food diversity in terms of both restaurants as well as marketing (farmer's markets - wheeeee!) Good luck! I am glad to hear you feel fabulous!
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Tim Lieder: Serenity
User: marlowe1
Date: 2008-06-23 17:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Serenity
When I got serious about losing weight the best attitude to take was that the crappy food was like an addiction and so the "one day at a time" cliche needed to come into play. But with less guilt when the addiction takes hold again (like those damn bargain ice cream pints that the local store is selling at 2-for-1). It helps.

What also helps is watching Supersize Me. I don't care about McDonalds but I know it made me paranoid about my weight.

And Moosewood Cook Books have great vegetarian recipes.
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seventorches
User: seventorches
Date: 2008-06-23 19:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
WRT managing cravings--it's kind of a no-brainer, and I'm sure you're already doing it, but one thing is to determine what it is you're actually craving. Are you missing a nutrient somewhere in your new "careful" diet that a cheeseburger, Coke, and fries will provide? It's boring, but if you need protein, you can have the old standby, beans&rice. Then see if you still want a steak.

If it's psychological, like, "I want it 'cause I know I can't have it anymore", I can't help you much. Perhaps a 12-step program? ;) I have several friends who, when they converted to Judaism, started having terrible cravings for things like cheeseburgers, pepperoni pizza, and bacon bits.
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farmgirl1146
User: farmgirl1146
Date: 2008-06-23 20:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You are going to have to find out what you body/system will tolerate. Like SevenTorches wrote, you need to find out what you body is craving, or if it is craving anything at all. One of the stranger digestive system quirks that I have a hard time with is that I feel hungry when my gut hurts. Sometimes it is like a craving. The first thing that I do now (when I'm thinking that is) is drink a glass (8 to 12 oz) of cold/cool water (NOT iced water). The gut can feel distressed when it is dehydrated. Next, I eat a very small portion (slowly) of a food that does not bother me. That way my appestat catches up with my gut.

Good luck on this. I have not had part of my gut removed (that God and knock wood), but I have had diverticulitis and other painful but undiagnosed problems, which are probably food allergies. I agree, it is hard to change what you taste buds want. Fried foods are the hardest to cut out. BTW spray canola oil is good for browning oven roasted potatoes, with minimal oil.
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Ruthanne Reid
User: ruthannereid
Date: 2008-06-23 23:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I wonder if you'll find the same strange thing that I did, post-surgery-diet: once I finally tried the fried, etc. foods again, I found that they didn't taste the way I remembered them at all, and in fact, that I no longer liked them. That was very strange, let me tell you.
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jeffsoesbe: yeff southpark
User: jeffsoesbe
Date: 2008-06-24 06:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:yeff southpark
By damn, I can see normal from here.

In the manner of all long road trips, it's just over the next hill. Keep going, man. It sounds like you're doing great.

I think all these "little milestones" (a good bm, side sleeping, less drugs, walk, dinner outing, con, etc) will make great things for the book, should you choose to write it. I can see how post-cancer/surgery, people could try to focus on being "the same as they were before" and get bummed when it doesn't happen any time soon.

What I remember from my dad's recovery from colon surgery/cancer is that it was a long, hard road and that he made sure to celebrate the little milestones along the way. It helped with keeping a positive outlook.

- yeff
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