January 29, 2008

eat, drink... be healthy?

wow, it's been a while since my last post. i haven't been slacking though! no, no, i've been busy collecting helpful hints and living the glamorous chronic lifestyle. with the new year and the popularity of resolutions, comes a renewed vigor on the part of the advice givers and the well wishers. they'll tell you that now's the time time to eat right and get healthy! the problem is, there are a lot of different opinions out there as far as what, when, how and how much we should eat. i know that most people feel confused these days as to what they should and shouldn't eat. is wine ok? how about coffee? butter? please, let butter be ok! when you you have a chronic illness, the pressure to figure out your diet becomes very intense. there's a lot riding on that glass of soymilk, don't ya know. here is a very small sampling from the buffet of best habits:







8 comments:

siam_blue said...

bop me on the head if i ever spout one of these annoying gems to you, okay? i think people honestly are not aware of the difference between "achieving (supposed) better health" and "chronic illness". Those who know, know that the two are very different things. Sure, you can practice complimentary medicine with a chronic illness but the difference is that it impacts your life in unimaginable ways for non-disabled folks. It is very sad but true of human nature, in my opinion, that, unless one has been there, one doesn't truly know or truly WANT to know, for that matter. I think for most of society, we (folks with diabilities) represent what people fear most about being human: decline, aging, greater isolation, moving slower, looking different, putting on weight, losing weight, never being privy to mainstream, stereotypical notions of beauty because our bodies refuse to conform even if we desperately want them to. We represent what people fear most for themselves. Yet we all have similar hopes and dreams of belonging to community, working (however you define it), friendship, flirting. Ah well, there's my rant i guess. Cheers, Donimo!

rachelcreative said...

Perfectly timed! Am de-lurking to say how much I enjoy your blog.

Being in the midst of shaking up my diet to be healthier - I've been struggling to get a consensus on the right ingredients for healthy. Low fat v. eat good fat more. Lots of fresh fruit v. low sugar including fruit sugars. Pulses for protein v. pulses are bad for your guts. [SIGH].

Your blog is always a welcome antidote :)

Donimo said...

Siam: No bopping! I think everyone gives advice now and again. And not all of it is annoying! Part of the humour here is found in the grand collections of advice many of have. Sure, some suggestions are down-right ridiculous or mean or out of this world,but some are rather innocuous.

I totally agree with your views on those who know disability and chronic illness and those who don't. Some people want to learn, but many will not open themselves up because of fear or judgment or conditioning. We are frighteningly human, aren't we?

Rachelcreative: so glad you did the Startrek move and de-cloaked yourself! I'm looking forward to checking out your blog. Thanks for the compliment!

It is frickin' complicated, isn't it? Consensus seems unattainable. I know someone who feels really great when they eat lots of fruit and another who doesn't. High protein doesn't work so much for me. Works for a friend of mine. And then ssome things seem to work one day and not the other. Arrrgh, where's the pie?

lilwatchergirl said...

Another lurker decloaking :D

Food issues are SO subjective. Some of the stuff people have told me about what I should eat, over the years, has added up to some rather ridiculous paradoxes! I used to work with some people who believed that I could cure all my fatigue and mood problems (back when those were my biggest problems) by eating raw, organic food and going to a herbalist. Apparently I was supposed to eat plain brown rice every day. Have you ever tried plain brown rice? Ugh... I'm so relieved I don't know these people anymore - I'm sure they'd have all sorts of fascinating answers to my incurable genetic condition. :D

Donimo said...

That's the thing, hey? The contradictions! And people can be so SURE of their particular view on what to eat or not. It's important to eat well, obviously, but it can be hard to feel at ease with your choices when you've collected a million different facts and fancies and fallacies over the years.

The brown rice crew sounds familiar. Sure, eating differently might help some of your symptoms (I know someone who gets depressed when she eats wheat), but many people get all strident and say that food heals all. It's that simple. I bet they would have many things to say about your genetic condition! Good thing they're not in your life any more. Lunch hour at the workplace must have been so much fun!

lilwatchergirl said...

Oh, yes, changing your diet can be useful. I helped my IBS and migraines a lot by cutting right down on wheat. But that came out of a lot of experimenting with cutting out (and eating more of) different foods. It was a very personal thing. These people seem to think they have the ultimate answer to Life, the Universe and Every Illness...

Actually, lunchtime at the workplace wasn't bad, largely because I eat quite well. They couldn't argue with my jacket potatoes and salad. Another paradox :D

The brown rice crew sounds familiar. Sure, eating differently might help some of your symptoms (I know someone who gets depressed when she eats wheat), but many people get all strident and say that food heals all. It's that simple. I bet they would have many things to say about your genetic condition! Good thing they're not in your life any more. Lunch hour at the workplace must have been so much fun!

lilwatchergirl said...

Whoops - the quoted paragraph was meant to be at the beginning of the comment, and in quotation marks!!

I think it's my bedtime. :D

Donimo said...

LWG: I an't argue with jacket potatoes, either! What the ehck are jacket potatoes?

Those who think they have universal cures are sooooo hard on the head and so ubiquitous! Why do people think that our bodies are like machines and all require the same thing? I guess thinking that things are simple is reassuring.