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People who tell me what’s good for me

January 20, 2011 15 comments

Okay, there’s been enough “or not” days, it’s time for a rant today!Things in life I find annoying

What I find annoying are people who have no understanding of what it’s like to live with Crohn’s Disease and food sensitivities, yet insist on telling me what foods are good for me. This is what’s bugging me today!

There are plenty of foods which are good for you but not for me. Why? I don’t know.

The doctors don’t know. I’ve given up trying to figure it out, I just accept it and adjust my diet.

Yet, people still want to question my choice in food.

Why don’t you eat whole grain bread it’s good for you? It may be good for you but it’s not for me. I used to eat whole wheat bread, but now I’ve come to realize that causes me pain, yet eating a plain white bagel is fine. Why? I don’t know.

Just over a year ago, I really wasn’t feeling well and couldn’t figure out why. It seemed like everything I ate caused me pain. It was so painful, I could barely walk. After fiddling around with my diet for weeks, I determined that the cheese I was eating was causing me pain. I love my cheese! But I hate the pain. No more cheese in my diet. Why? I don’t know.

I would also be questioned about drinking whole milk instead of 2%. Whole milk is better for me because it has more fat and more calories and being skinny I need all I can get. But recently I found that milk causes me extreme pain, not all dairy products, just milk. I can now eat cheese and have butter, but not milk. Why? I don’t know.

Things in life I find annoyingNow one thing you guys don’t know about me is that I’m a caffeine addict. Yes, I am addicted to coffee, don’t ask my how many cups a day I have. I refuse to count them. Do not take my coffee away from me. I like drinking my coffee with 2 sugars and 1 milk, but I’ve had to start drinking it without the milk. It’s not bad, it’s just not the same. But every once in a while, I give myself a treat and add some Kahlua or Tia Maria. Now that’s flavoured coffee!!

I wish I had the answers. Doctors don’t have any answers for me, but still people want to question me on my choice of foods. They know I’ve lived with Crohn’s Disease for 30 years and have always watched my diet. I know what my body is telling me and I don’t need people telling me what’s good for me.

This is what’s bugging me today!

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Stressed Out Over Being Called Skinny

January 6, 2011 13 comments

This has been bugging me for a long time now and this blog is giving me the opportunity to say a few things that I probably would never say to anyone.

I am getting so tired of hearing about those who have made new year’s resolutions and are determined to lose weight. Every day there are news stories about diets and what people can do to lose weight. This is what’s bugging me today after hearing yet another news story about how to lose weight.

Many people look at me and see how thin I am and often comment on how they wish they could be like me. Well, I can tell you they really don’t want to be like me.

Yes, I am a skinny person – but I don’t want to be this skinny!

I have overheard strangers make comments about how I must be anorexic or bulimic.
I am not! I wish I could tell them.

Yes, I have a high metabolism and have been slim all my life but right now I am downright skinny! Too skinny! Unhealthy skinny! And the last thing I need to hear is about how people have trouble losing weight.

  • Why not try eating less?
  • Eat healthier food.
  • Skip the drive-through, have a salad instead.
  • Avoid foods with HFCS.

You see, it’s not just the high metabolism that keeps my weight down, but I also have Crohn’s Disease and COPD. The Crohn’s was bad enough, add the COPD, throw in new food intolerances over the last few years and it gets even worse.

Did you know that a person with COPD has to consume an extra 10% – 17% of the normal daily calorie intake just to breathe? Household chores are chores!

Anyone with COPD has to learn to pace themselves because if we get too tired, we don’t have enough energy to prepare a proper meal let alone eat it. It’s a vicious cycle.

So please, the next time you’re thinking about saying something to a skinny person stop and think about it first. Maybe they’re like me or someone who has Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis or one of many other diseases that may cause them to lose weight. They have difficulty just maintaining their weight, never mind trying to gain weight.

Would you tell an overweight person how fat they are?
There, I have finally said it.

This is what’s bugging me today!

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