As you can see I haven't been diligent with my posts, and it's early days. Without making excuses, I can say that I've had incredible fatigue with the disease. To give you an example, on Sunday all I needed to do was send a simple email, and cognitively I was stuffed. I think I sent it about 10 times and kept getting 'mail delivery failed'. I couldn't believe it! That's how dumb my brain was, and how fatigued my brain was, thus making it near impossible to organise anything. Yesterday my body was so fatigued I couldn't even make a salad. I just slept all day.
The great thing is that I've cancelled my delivery accounts and deleted the apps on my phone. Thus making it much harder for me to just order food in 2 minutes, and have it here within half an hour. It made me organise my time this morning (as I also had energy today), and make salad for the week for lunches. I actually ate one today! Wooohooo.....I just tip one container into a bowl, and add 1 small tin of tuna in spring water. And half of 1 of those 40 second cooking cups of brown rice, oran alternative into the salad.
Breakfast is easy as it's my usual porridge combo.
Dinners will be either half a chicken skinless breast, grilled. Or fish, or my favourite.....squid which a just cut up so it forms rings, and prawns done on the grill. Then I add veggies such as brussel sprouts, green beans, asparagus, carrots or sweet potato, all steamed in the microwave. With the veggies I cut them up and put them in plastic containers and into the fridge as well. Then I can decide which ones I feel like eating each night, and it takes 2 seconds to put them into a steaming container for the microwave.
I have decided that I can't eat bread nor have it in the unit as I do 2 things with it. I will toast 2 slices for lunch, have it with 100g of protein, and a big handful of baby spinach leaves or rocket. Then when I get the munchies in the afternoon or am fatigued, I just grab it to eat it. Not great for nutrition or the waist line.
I have also been focusing on these words -
QUALITY produce and hence QUALITY food.
QUANTITY meaning don't eat to much. Remember that my stomach is the size of my fist, so don't eat more than that.
CLEAN FOOD meaning grilled, steamed, not fried or oily food. The reason being that my body can't tolerate oily food and in fact it usually rejects it. Or it makes me feel incredible ill and tired. Not to mention bloated the next morning, with the possibility of the bowels now working properly as there is no fibre.
FIBRE which comes in veggies generally. This assists with my bowels in the morning.
WATER I always drink at least 2.5- 3 litres of water a day. This is important for my catheter, but brilliant for bowels to work.
I know I have talked about bowels a bit, and apologise if that makes you squeamish, but this process happens once a day for me when I get up in the morning, so it's important. As you can train your bowels when you are a paraplegic.
I THINK I'M STARTING TO FINALLY GET ON BOARD........Let's see how I go!