Ok, here we go again.... I have been a little under the weather. My right ear has been hurting enough to force me to seek medical help. Good news is, there is no infection, just some fluid built up in my inner ear. Bad news is, the treatment for that is to take anti-histamines and they wreak havoc on my system. My throat did look bad, so my nurse practitioner offered to give me some mild anti-biotics to take if I chose to. I put that off thinking I really didn't need them, but the pain got worse and spread to the side of my head, up into my scalp. I decided maybe I should try them to see if it would make a difference in how I felt. And they did. I thank my Heavenly Father for medications to make me feel better.
While I was there, I asked if it was time for my usual blood testing. We keep a check on my thyroid and triglycerides. Yes, it was a good time for that, so draw blood we did. Why did I do that???? Results were not kind. Not only is my thyroid elevated, but my triglycerides are through the roof. This after I have been TRYING to eat better and working out daily. It's so frustrating. And because I felt bad, and have been trying already to do the healthy thing, I got very upset about it.
So, now I'm researching...(AGAIN) to see how I can figure out what to eat and stay away from. The hardest part is trying to figure out a menu. And I don't have to tell you how hard that is when you are trying to feed a normal healthy male who lives in the same house. I have no willpower, and no strength when it comes to denial of those wonderful sugary fatty foods, he likes. He is sympathetic, but won't be totally eating what I will have to eat, or staying away from what I can't have. He is entitled to eat what he wants as long as his labs are good. And they are.
I've been looking at the local cardiologist's suggested regime along with the glycemic index. I can figure out what I can and can't eat, that's no problem with all the lists there are on the net. My problem is making them into an acceptable menu. And that's something I must do to keep my sanity when it comes time to prepare the evening meal each night. Not to mention the grocery list for the week. And it's a must if I don't want to stand in the kitchen wondering what there is I can eat.
Every menu I have found to help with that, has foods I've never eaten, and don't wish to, and items that are not locally available. Some of them I would try if I wasn't afraid of spending the money only to find I couldn't handle it. Whole wheat breads and pastas taste very bitter to me, so that's not gonna happen. Salads don't keep me satisfied any longer than an hour or so. I wouldn't make a very good vegetarian, because I like meat too much. So, I'm in a quandary here.
I doubt if counting calories is really going to help with the triglycerides, so that's not a reasonable solution. I can count fat grams, but the carbs are still going to be an issue. Oh woe is me....It's really sad getting old and decrepit. But, at least I'm alive and have options....that's what I keep telling myself...