Saturday, December 29, 2012
Since my surgery/hospital stay I've lost 15 lbs. It's normal for people who have had pancreatitis, because of the severe restrictions to diet and intake. So far I haven't had cravings for anything I'm not supposed to eat, which is good. I do get hunger pangs, but can not eat very much at one time. I'm still having trouble eating more than about 800 calories per day.
Now, my challenge is getting my nutritional needs met. I still tire so easily, and I suspect it's because I'm not getting the vitamins and minerals I need for energy. On the other hand, the idea of taking vitamin pills kind of scares me. My local grocery does carry a line of liquid vitamin supplements, and I think that's the way I'm going to go. Soonest, best.
Right now I have a lovely marinara simmering, with zucchini, onion, Greek olives and later on chopped mustard greens. I used a little olive oil to saute the onion and zuke, but in the grand scheme of things, will still make a very low-fat marinara per serving.
That's one thing I'm observing about my "new" eating habits: I'm sticking to realistic portions. Mainly, I can't eat very much at once, and the pancreatitis diet does suggest eating small amounts of food throughout the day, so a 1-cup portion of pasta with marinara is plenty for me.
So. Baby steps to positive, lasting changes for health and a healthy pancreas. I've been scheduled to have the bile duct stent removed in February, and of course I'm scared about the trauma to my pancreas again, but it has to be done.