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Step By Step

Posted by Connie on Monday, February 11th, 2008 at 10:35 pm and is filed under Chronic Illness, Health Information.
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Since I’ve been sick I’ve always tried to eat a healthy diet. But when you’re fatigued easily it’s difficult to make meals that are nutritious. It’s easier to grab something quick and eat it. Often that means processed foods and foods filled with saturated fat and calories.

What I’ve been trying to do is to make meals earlier in the day when I’m not so tired. I can cook a meal and reheat it for dinner. I also take the time to sit down and cut up all the vegetables I bought for my salads during the week. I wash, peel if necessary, dry them and put them into containers. Then it’s like a mini salad bar. That saves time.

Another time saver is when you are feeling well to make large meals that can be frozen for future ones. This way you’re cooking only one time. Having some fresh fruit on hand is good for snacks. Nuts either without salt or lightly salted and low fat cheese and yogurt can also keep the hungries at bay.

Don’t ever think that a food is totally off limits for a healthy diet. If you’re craving something it’s OK to give in, but only in very small portions. If you feel that you won’t be able to control yourself then it’s a good idea to find a healthier substitute.

When you are chronically ill, not able to do things you did before you were sick, visiting doctors’ offices often and on a lot of medications, then pamper yourself a little if food is what you want. You’re worth it.

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