Friday, February 12, 2010

Food, Health, and Jamie Oliver's TED Prize

This is long, but brilliant.

I've talked to you before about my struggle with my weight. I can't figure it out -- no fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, nuts due to Crohn's; no meat due to gastroparesis; no milk due to lactose intolerance. But when I can't stay out of the bathroom in the mornings, I can't swim. And when I can't figure out what to eat, I eat crap.

I struggle with this. And here's what I know. I need help. Jennifer


  1. Have you looked at Breaking the Vicious Cycle? It's lactose, grain, sugar, baker's yeast free, people do it vegetarians and nuts aren't required--. Have you tried kefir or fruit ice? Smoothies or getting a juicer...24 hour yogurt is lactose free or are you on clear liquids only? Just trying to help, Happy Valentines Day!


  2. People that have COPD and very severe asthma sometimes have to use a high quality liquid nutritional supplement. It's high caloric density food that is easy to digest. These products come in really handy for people like me with impaired respiration. Sometimes, I just don't have enough oxygen in my system to metabolize carbohydrates well. Fats and proteins require less oxygen to metabolize. Abbott and other companies make these products and they taste good now.

    It's perhaps something you haven't thought about. I went to a hospital program about eating for COPD patients and it taught me to think of fat (healthy ones if possible) and protein too as a very important when my breathing is particularly bad. Both of us sometimes need very easy to digest foods to keep our energy levels up, but for different reasons. Here's a link to some of Abbott's nutritional products.

    Perhaps something here might help you to exercise and have less digestive and disease distress. There's a challenging balance for me between eating healthy and eating to survive during COPD and asthma exacerbations. I'm kinda embarrassed here. This is not healthy eating normally at all. I love my veggies. Given my illnesses though, taking nutrition this way with fewer carbohydrates and more fats and proteins helps me to survive.

  3. whole wheat pasta, fruit smoothies, pureed vegetable sauces for pasat or rice, soy cheese and crackers for snack, small amounts of dark chocalate, soy pudding or popsicles for treats, letting go of the mentality that i can't eat healthy foods because of my health, or I deserve to eat what I want because of my (bad) health seeing nutritionist, talking to cousnelor/psychiatrist about emotional reasons behind eating, exercising very early am before eating anything--some different/some of the same health issues as you--this is what worked for me

  4. Thanks, all. Rabbit, I know about that book. Way too high maintenance for me (everyone I know who's been on it has said the same). Frank, thanks for sharing. Anonymous, those are great ideas - thanks. J