Even loss of appetite from serious illness has its upside! I lost seven pounds in a month. Almost every American woman I know would consider that a real plus. Me too! I’ve been trying to lose that five to seven pounds for years and years…in fact probably my whole life!
Of course in the context of Stage IV lung cancer, it’s not such a blessing. I’m a small person to start with and this was bringing me to an unhealthy low weight. So I needed to find ways to increase calorie and protein intake. A new multivitamin with a little iron was prescribed. So was whatever I want to eat whenever I want to eat it!
Upside: My Legal Binge
This is the first time in my long life that I could freely eat my favorite foods: sweets, mashed potatoes, ice cream and pasta to my heart’s content — via doctor’s orders, yet! He explained to my concerned children that ten years ago a healthy, green and varied diet was really important to get me in the good shape with which I entered this journey. But at this point the goal is specifically to not lose more weight and in fact perhaps regain one or two pounds.
Not being a gourmet foodie I embarked on this carbo binge with great glee! Especially into the ice cream realm. Ice cream had the most appetite appeal of all. Two ice cream sundaes a day! Oh joy!
My refrigerator looked like a well-stocked family refrigerator where a bunch of ten to twelve-year-old boys were in residence! In the refrigerator door you could find a large bottle of chocolate syrup standing next to a large jar of caramel sauce, a jar of maraschino cherries and a small jar of walnuts in honey. In the fruit bowl some bananas in case I craved a split. And the piece de resistance, up on the shelf: marshmallow fluff. Living wildly!
All went well for a month or so. Enjoyed each and every one of my sundaes. But before long strange things started happening. I would be sitting reading after a small dinner and my tummy would start to swell! I could actually sit there and watch it bloat in front of my eyes, like a balloon being filled with helium! And some real discomfort to boot.
Turned out that my short joyful trip with ice-cream sundaes was over. I caused myself to have a lactose intolerance issue, which I never had before! A couple of days dairy-free and a couple of lactose intolerance prevention pills, and I was done. I do miss the ice cream but not the bloating and discomfort! I’m keeping my weight steady in other ways; my appetite is still low and I eat mostly carbos, but no ice cream!
PEARL OF WISDOM
Sometimes there is a bright side to even dark events. Look for them! Sundaes were definitely one of those bright spots for me.
© 2017 Joan Blumenfeld