My friends, I am once again dieting. This time the main reason is to help boost my gall bladder health. While that might sound odd, I have good reasons. My nurse friend keeps pointing out that my gall bladder might be heading for problems. This would not only be painful but since I only have a high deductible insurance plan I can’t pay for surgery right now. Hopefully everything will be fine but in the meantime I am trying to stick to a diet I found on a website for gall bladder problems and praying that will solve the problem. I figure it couldn’t hurt. The main things it suggests are items high in amino acids such as grapes, celery, berries, carrots, fish (it says wild fish but I can’t afford that) soy milk, prunes (yuck!) and whole wheat breads- yummy, hah….not so much? At the same time you are to avoid dairy (except for yogurt and cottage cheese), meats including fowl, pork and beef, nuts and oddly all cabbage type vegetables. In general low fat is supposed to be good but omega 3 fatty acids such as fish oils and olive oil are recommended. The diet is big on organic foods but again those get into money. All fast food is out- especially anything that is fried. I have also been working on the wii fit to try and get in shape. That blasted animated trainer is killing me!
Anyway, I have been trying the diet this week and am doing okay. I’m on week 2 of consistent work on the wii fit. I wish I could say I never messed up but there has been an improvement from weeks previous. Today I started out strong with a turkey (just one slice) sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes and mustard. On the side I had some a few corn chips without trans fats and some strawberries. This was pretty good.
Unfortunately things went down hill from there. I met up with a friend for a late lunch (my hair stylist Grace who got me sweet deals on a new flat iron and hair product). I loved chatting with Grace but the Cafe Rio meal was definitely off the diet. I did try to minimizing the damage by only eating half and getting half chicken/half pork instead of just pork. I also got the burrito without any cheese. I haven’t quite figured out how to stay on a diet and be social and have fun. I felt like I did the best I could but still feel frustrated. Any tips? Be nice!
The other confession…I had some ice cream later on in the evening. In my defense it was lower calorie ice cream (6 grams fat for 1/2 cup), but still I shouldn’t have.
At least I am trying, and I mean to keep updating my blog regularly with how I am doing. Any motivation you’ll can give me would be great. I really don’t want to have surgery for my gall bladder, and I want to be healthy. I suppose I should celebrate the small victories and keep pressing forward.
I did have a nice phone call from Miriam and a pleasant visit from my Uncle Tom today. Plus the lunch with Grace- so I would say I did pretty well socially today! Still, I felt a little discouraged on the dieting front. However, this made me laugh. I think it encompasses dieting to a tee. At least I didn’t end the day eating cheesecake from the freezer!:
This is a specially formulated diet designed to help women cope with the stress that builds during the day.
1 slice whole wheat toast
1 cup skim milk
1 small portion lean, steamed chicken
1 cup spinach
1 cup herbal tea
1 Hershey’s kiss
The rest of the Hershey Kisses in the bag
1 tub of Hagen-Dazs ice cream with chocolate chips
4 glasses of wine (red or white)
2 loaves garlic bread
1 family size supreme pizza
3 Snickers Bars
LATE NIGHT SNACK
1 whole Sarah Lee cheesecake (eaten directly from the freezer).
One last comment- I am very sad Jorge got voted off Idol. I thought he would last longer. I am a big fan of Danny and that’s pretty much it. I think all the girls are bad except for Lil. I can’t believe Megan Corkey stayed on after her song. It was terrible. The judges were definitely too soft on her and too hard on Jorge. Oh well! That’s a reality singing competition for you!