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Monday, August 22, 2011

I'm having many food frustrations of late....

Since I'm high-risk for Osteoporosis - I get yearly exams for bone density. The nurses always emphasize that the foods that are good for bone health are dairy products and your dark leafy greens.

Dairy products have slowly gone by the wayside, as I have gotten older I've become intolerant to these products.

The Nutritionist has a huge list of foods to help me on this healthy journey, like: dark leafy greens (spinach, swiss chard, kale, collard greens, turnip greens, parsley, romaine lettuce), broccoli, cauliflower, green peas, carrots, etc.

Then we interject Lymphedema ~ an incurable disease. I have problems getting rid of the protein enriched fluid in my legs. It can be managed, but lately it's more "out of control" than it is managed. I belong to a Lymphedema Support group and posed the question about what is healthy for us "Lymphers". A low carb, high protein and low salt diet is best.

I was surprised to find out they thought Chicken was not the best choice and that tomatoes could cause inflammation. Of course, the Omega-3's topped the list with Salmon, mackeral and tuna. Once again it was suggested your dark leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, blueberries, blackberries, pineapple, cherries, brown rice, barley, bulgar, Brazil nuts and a few others that I can't remember. LOL

Then to really screw things up ~ because I've had past complications with blood clots, I will always be on Coumadin (an anti-coagulant medication). And the foods that you should avoid..........you guessed it, dark leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, avocado, kiwi, grapes, green peas, carrots, cranberries, etc. All those healthy foods that I have once again learned to love & appreciate.

I'm beginning to question everything that comes out of the mouths of the medical professionals. And after they remove all the foods that are high in Vitamin K...what's left over? Fish & rice??? Ohhhh.....yummy.........NOT!!

So, we Eat healthy, we exercise...And still none of us will make it out alive...........LOL
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  • SAMI199
    I hear you...you are doing your best.I didn't know there is a diet for the Lymphedema-I'm heading over to see what I missed.

    2797 days ago
    Hi Annie. I don’t blame you at all for being frustrated. Sometimes dealing with medical professionals can make you wonder if they know any more than we do…………….and that’s not much. I don’t really have any advice for you………..just friendship and support…………..any time you need it.


    2799 days ago
    OMG HOW FRUSTRATING! I am so sorry that things are so complicated.

    Regarding getting calcium, have you tried low-fat raw milk? The process of pasteurizing and homogenizing the milk changes the chemical composition of the milk. They increase the "stuff" (love my technical terms? LOL) that are hard to digest and decrease the stuff that helps you digest the hard-to-digest stuff. A few of my friends who were "lactose intolerant" have found that they were "processed-milk-intolerant" instead! Raw milk gives them no troubles.

    Every state regulates raw milk differently. In CA, where I live, you can get it from authorized dairies or if you own a cow (as in a co-op, which some people buy into in order to get raw milk). Perhaps you can do a bit of research to see if this is a good option for you? I'd start with


    and go from there.

    Best of luck with everything!
    2800 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/22/2011 7:22:20 PM
    I hear you. How frustrating.
    2800 days ago
    Man - sounds like a vicious circle - and you're getting different answers. I hope you find someone who will give you advice you can ACT on.
    2800 days ago
  • BANAN2
    That last line really cracked me up. Keep that sense of humor!
    2800 days ago
    Does present a problem doesn't it? The whole premise is if you could lose weight a lot of your problems would go away. So how to lose weight. Eat lose and eat more of the stuff you aren't supposed to eat? Walk more and eat less. That is the key I guess. Protein shakes?
    2800 days ago
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