So. I saw the nephrologist yesterday. He’s a new guy. There was nothing wrong with the old one, but he’s acquired a partner and fobbed me off on him because I am boring (kidney-wise) . The new guy is a 12 year old Indian “I am from India by way of Philadelphia” he stated), fresh out of school (why else would he be in East-Middle Notmuch, Georgia?). He’s nice enough, and spent a good 45 minutes asking questions and fondling my ankles. Nephrologists do that, to determine water retention issues. I got a lecture on lack of exercise and non-lack of weight. “Nobody ever died of exercise, in my experience.” he said. (“you do not HAVE any experience!” I thought) “Do not eat cheese or red meat” I was told, when he showed the lab results. Kidney function is down, below the range of “normal”. Last time I visited it was at the low end of normal and I guess there was too much celebration in the form of salty things and fatty things and cheese and red meat.. And bacon. No More Bacon. I have a 12 year old sadist for a doctor now.
So, because I am a good little soldier, a visit to the store was made. Vegetables and fruits were purchased, plans were implemented for the short term, and plans were made to make real long term dietary returns to what happened 4 years ago when those 20 pounds went on vacation…only vacation tho, because they returned and brought Son Of 20 Pounds with them.
damn cookies. Why do you have to be so delicious with coffee?
So a visit to the Bi-Lo ensued,and plant materials were thrown in the buggy. I recalled his admonition to cut back on the grains. Not “low carb”, so sweet potatoes and fruits are good, just lay off the grains. Ok, I think that can be managed. Also, no more cheese. What on Earth am I supposed to have for LUNCH?? Cheese and crackers are norm, with a tall glass of (low salt) V-8, easy, convenient, and requires no forethought. Anything from a can or a box (like soup, or frozen meals) are out, due to sodium concerns. So, in the short term, lunch today is a baked sweet potato, easy enough. I’ll sprinkle on a bit of cinnamon and be good to go. Snack: kale chips. Good enough, I like them. Supper tonight, I am making chicken and dumplings for the menfolk. I’ll have chicken soup sans dumplings. Sigh.
Ok, so I am fully aware of the dietary requirements for weight loss, that also include the dreaded Exercise. I am trying to convince myself that exercise is FUN! that I will ENJOY it! He suggested I take a walk in the evening with my husband and use the time to talk and improve our relationship. “It is good to spend time alone with your husband, and you will both benefit physically and spiritually.” great. I have a 12 year old (SINGLE! I might add!) advisor. This is going to take some getting used to.
What I would like are some snack suggestions. I am not a good snacker. I would like interesting things, more so than an apple or a handful of baby carrots. I am already considering cooking some chickpeas and roasting them to make a crunchy sort of spicy thing. I love crunchy spicy things (like wasabi peas! yum!) but must also avoid nuts (high in potassium, bad for kidneys) What do you suggest?
And dadgummit, I just bought a bunch of new clothes that fit. They’ll be too big (God willing!) and I’ll have to buy MORE new clothes! I hate shopping!