Time to Try Again
Sunday, February 14, 2016
What a pain. I have a horrible sweet tooth. What trouble has that gotten me into?
Nope, not alcohol-related. I hardly drink. BUT! The skinny woman who saw me for my last appointment with digestive health sent me one, and ONLY ONE, recommendation. Lose Weight. Not how (though if I ask it will be "Eat Less, Exercise More", the literal worst advice to give, but the medical industry hasn't bothered catching up). Just to do it. Zero other recommendations.
First off, I'd like to note that Fatty Liver can actually be the cause of weight gain, though it is more commonly associated with weight loss. I've been fighting with my weight for too long.
Second, it causes chronic fatigue and exhaustion. By the time I get home from school, not only do I have 5-6 hours of homework in front of me, but I am wiped. I have to be in bed roughly 7 hours after I get home, and that one hour is already taken up by another responsibility. So, what? I'm supposed to just not do all my homework?
Third, women are dying because they aren't being treated or taken seriously for their overall complaints. It's like the doctors look for something they can blame on fat and that becomes the sole issue and Everything Will Be Resolved By Losing Weight. Like, unless a woman is skinny, her health concerns take back seat to the doctor's idea that the source of all her health problems is her weight.
So, Fatty Liver requires a reduction of sugar and a massive increase in vegetables. Lean meats, nuts, and whole grains are permitted, and a little fruit. The Side Effect of this change in diet is what is given all the damned credit for getting better....and that is weight loss. Not the fiber that literally carries the fats out of the body. Just the weight loss. Maybe I should consider that for my Master's Thesis when I get there. It's sad when a second year undergrad understands this concept better than the doctors she sees.
But, maybe, when I lose this weight (don't get me wrong, I'd really like to anyway), I can get the rest of my health concerns addressed. Hopefully it won't actually be too late.