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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-10-07 05:49
Subject: [cancer|food] Being BRATy
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Tags:cancer, food, health, personal

After the horrid GI issues of a few weeks ago, on medical advice I have been largely on the BRAT diet (plus yogurt). Given that the side effects of my chemotherapy make my gut fairly antagonistic to dietary fiber, among many other issues, this slightly goopy, very boring mess has actually served rather well to stabilize my lower GI.

I know this because every day or two I have something different for lunch, out of sheer unadulterated boredom, and, wham, things fire right up in an ugly way.

I don’t know if it’s the protein or the fat or what, but I pay for stepping outside BRAT, even for something as simple as yesterday’s chicken and salad. I could go on an exclusionary diet and try to sort through it, but in truth, I’ve only got about ten weeks left of this, and it would take me longer than that to properly do the exclusionary work. On the plus side, it’s keeping my weight very flat.

So I have a solution to the lower GI stuff that works, at least for now, and it is boooooooring. But at least I have a solution. It’s funny, what helps and how simple this has been.

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

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Little and foxy and sexy... what more do you want?
User: little_foxy
Date: 2011-10-07 13:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
that does sound boring.... but at least you dont have to pay $10 a kilo for bananas..... I am really hoping the prices drop shortly, I miss my bananas....
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Little and foxy and sexy... what more do you want?
User: little_foxy
Date: 2011-10-07 13:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I should add that just over a month ago they were $14 a kilo... stupid cyclone Yasi.....
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-10-07 13:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Good lord, that's a lot of money for a banana. Good luck with that.
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Little and foxy and sexy... what more do you want?
User: little_foxy
Date: 2011-10-07 13:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We keep being told that supply should *almost* be back to normal by the end of this month and then they will drop back to about $2-3 a kilo.... but we will wait and see. I suspect the supermarket chains are enjoying thier profits on this one, and the growers are seeing very little of it...
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fjm
User: fjm
Date: 2011-10-07 13:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ah, the BRAT diet. Recommended to me in 1997. Shame about that toast.
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silvertwi: Kurt oh dear
User: silvertwi
Date: 2011-10-07 13:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Kurt oh dear
I kept having GI problems earlier this year before my doctor insisted I take antacids to make it stop (and boy am I glad she did).

I agree, the BRAT/TY diet *is* very bland and boring. I start hating it by around day 2, because all I can think is "this again?" both as in, I had it yesterday, and I did this two weeks ago. It also sucks to spend the "meals" system we have in the school cafeteria on all-you-can-eat when that's all I can eat. :/

I'm sorry to hear you have to stick to that diet, but glad to hear it's helping.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-10-07 21:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Which seems so backwards, somehow, as fibre is supposed to help keep things firm, not loosen them. But yes, I've been forbidden most vegetables during and after chemo specifically because of fiber sensitivity.

Besides, who couldn't get behind a chocolate cake diet? ;D
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