I haven’t said much about the health problems I’ve been having for the last few years. I figure most people have their own problems, many much worse than mine, and don’t want to hear me whine about my aches and pains. I’m usually a glass-half-full type person, too. I keep expecting things to just go away. But they haven’t, and they probable won’t.
I recently ran into a friend at the doctor’s office, and he encouraged me to share a little about what’s going on so he could keep up and pray for me. I was still hesitant, but then realized some of my hesitation boiled down to pride, not privacy. There is such a thing as TMI (too much information), for sure. But pride? Yeck. What’s the point? So, here goes.
I have a couple of chronic health issues. The one that causes me the most pain is probably the early stages of fibromyalgia, or something similar. I am still able to mitigate the worst of the symptoms with diet and exercise and a natural anti-inflammatory supplement. This is a real roller coaster ride. Some weeks I feel pretty good. Other weeks, I feel like I have the flu.
My second big health problem is kidney stones, and that would be stones with a double S. If left untreated, I could produce enough stones to start a rock garden. I’ve had at least 15 kidney stones in the last 17 months. This problem is part genetic and part diet. I can change diet, but I’m stuck with the genes. I’ve had one surgery to break up two stones that were large and stuck. The surgery wasn’t so bad, but the recovery was pretty rough.
As I’ve looked at several popular diets, some of which promise the moon, I have come to the realization that no diet is a one-size-fits-all. Many people, like myself, have multiple health issues with different dietary requirements. In fact, many of these diets contradict each other in what’s considered most healthy. It can quickly become confusing and a real headache.
My conclusion is that most diets have many health benefits, but no one diet may fully address a person’s complicated health needs. Let me stress that I am not a professional nutritionist or dietitian. I am only going on the recommendations given to me by my doctors, none of whom are quacks, and the research I have personally done. In regards to the doctors, I feel their advice is well-meaning but often based on the acceptable medical opinion that synthetic and processed foods are as good as or superior to real food. I think that’s hogwash.
In fact, I haven’t found a diet that encompasses all I can and can’t eat. So, I’m working on combining several diets to help control both health issues. That’s not as easy as it sounds since they are almost opposite in every way. An anti-inflammatory diet involves cutting wheat, gluten, and sugar, while adding lots of veggies and protein. I’ve followed it off and on with good success. The kidney stone diet, however, eliminates a good chunk of veggies, fruits and animal protein. I’ve had to change quite a few of my normal recipes to accommodate that change with limited success.
See where my summer is heading? Google and I will be fast friends as I search for good recipes and meal plans. I will probably resemble a mad scientist while I experiment with all of these changes. If you see me with my hair disheveled and a half-crazed look in my eyes, step away from the chocolate and hamburgers. I don’t claim to be perfect.
I hope you have better plans for your summer.