I'm seriously struggling over eating at present...still losing weight and still have little or no appetite. So I had a look on-line to see if I could find anything helpful and of course there is plenty of good information...
It might not sound important, but if COPD people don't build up a decent immune system then the next cold or bug will just knock them for six...and eating properly is vital...my body mass index is terribly low so it's crucial to at least go back to the reading it ought to be and try to maintain that...
But you know what gets to me about these sites? They are illustrated by photographs of happy smiley people chopping up vegetables or looking smug with an empty plate in front of them...not one single person even begins to look remotely ill...they have glowing complexions and shiny hair while they appraise their meal, daintily arranged on good china, while sitting up at a table decorated with fetching displays of flowers.
The reality is much like a woman on the forum I joined recently...she eats cheese and toast...and sometimes she says she puts the cheese on the toast...for a change...another member lives close to a Marks and Sparks and lives on their branded meals...he eats half and saves the remainder for the following day. We all of us seem to pick something we like and can eat without too much effort and stick to that...
The other week when we went to Lidls, I trawled through their gourmet range and found some seafood casseroles...they are intended as starters but are just the right size for me with a slice of bread and butter...and they are delicious. But I can't be like the lady with her cheese and toast and live on nothing but scallops and prawns...that'd be silly.
I'm supposed to put dried full fat milk into rice puddings, along with the milk used to make the pudding in the first place, and to add extra butter to absolutely everything and to have scones and fresh cream and a million other suggestions from the dietary nurse. But do you know what is seriously stupid...I still haven't really got into the mindset that this is what I must be doing from now on...
And I'm willing to bet my cholesterol has rocketed to unacceptable levels...
Himself was a bit sniffy about me having a high stool with a back in the kitchen...he said he'd bring the one out of the shed when I needed it and I said that'd be silly because I might want to chop something up when he isn't about...so I'm going to get one anyway tomorrow and he'll have to live with it. I could at least make a pan of veggie soup if I didn't have to stand up to do it...
But the strawberries are back in the shop...and they are full of anti-oxidants so that's a good enough reason to buy them...we had some last night and they were lovely...I could probably live on small bowls of soup and large bowls of strawberries...that wouldn't be a hardship at all.
You might well be bored to tears with these me, me, me blogs about COPD but if I write it down it helps me to make some sense of it and I can often see a solution to a problem just by putting in down in black and white...bear with me for a while?