The Culinary Adventures of Two Tiny Tummies

originally uploaded by Vickling.

I found this photo on Flickr under a group titled “Food Porn”. šŸ˜€ While there are so many things that I can’t eat anymore….or that perhaps I can only enjoy in very small quantities….I still love food. As a friend said yesterday…”Boy! You’re a REALLY cheap date!” I can’t have alcohol, caffeine, gluten, chocolate, tomatoes, citrus, spicy foods, sugar or artificial sweeteners and I can only eat one cup of food at a time so going out to eat is much more about conversation and friends and lingering over a meal…it’s not about satisfying a hunger.

I may have to enjoy some foods vicariously but I’m enjoying the challenge of taking my new limitations and creating a new cuisine that I’ll find interesting, healthy, cost-effective, and easy to prepare. There are a lot of resources on the web, of course, but most of them are geared toward those who are trying to lose weight. There’s very little information for those who are trying to gain or maintain their weight. So, imagine how excited I was when I read the recent issue of Cure Magazine and discovered someone just like me! Like me, Chef Hans Rueffert had a tumor in his stomach and he eventually lost half of his esophagus and 60% of his stomach. He’s also written a book, Eat Like There’s No Tomorrow, which just arrived in the mail and will, no doubt, give me further inspiration.

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3 thoughts on “The Culinary Adventures of Two Tiny Tummies

  1. How do you make sure you get all the nutrients needed with the low calorie intake? Do you have frequent nutritional lab tests?

    • Hi Theresa!

      It’s not easy to get everything that you need when you can only eat 1300 calories per day. Throughout my battle with cancer and following my partial gastrectomy, nutrition became a hobby for me and I have studied the subject quite a bit. I’ve also seen two nutritionists, one during my cancer treatment and one after my surgery and both said that I was doing an excellent job on my own and had nothing to add to what I was already doing. I also saw a naturopath on several occasions and got some good advice including the names of some good supplements to take. I have had regular bloodwork done and I was particularly pleased to find that my iron levels had finally risen into the normal range recently after having removed gluten from my diet. (Tests had been negative for celiac disease in the past but I had enough factors in play that suggested to me that trying a gluten free diet was worth a try).

      The most valuable tool to me has been my gold membership at liveStrong.com where I use “The Daily Plate” to track everything that I each each day including my supplements. The Daily Plate calculates my daily nutritional intake including calories, protein, fiber, cholesterol, vitamins, minerals, etc. so that, if I’m low in fiber, for instance, I might plan to eat lentils for dinner. If I need more selenium in my diet, I’ll eat some brazil nuts. There’s a vast list of foods already included in the data base so the process is quick and easy to do. I also track my weight daily on liveStrong so that I have a record of my weight gain/loss. Some of my seizure medications have caused weight gain; some of them have caused weight loss. This gives me a way to track my weight in response to my medication.

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