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Comment by Patricia on Tuesday

I think at a certain age, many of us say to hell with the food rules.

Comment by Michael Penn on Tuesday

My doctor did the usual blood work on me and it all came back good. Well, sort of. I'm sure they did a full smack as I also have a bad liver. Even the liver enzymes were looking good, they said, but they didn't understand my high triglycerides. 

I said to the nurse, "let me explain that to you. I'm a creature of habit and I take your meds but eat and drink whatever I want to."

Comment by Patricia on Tuesday

Eat what you like as long as the body allows it, & to hell with the goods, bads, or otherwises. If bp & weight aren't an issue, don't worry about it. If it ain't broke.....well you know.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 13, 2018 at 8:08am

I like that rant, Randy.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 13, 2018 at 7:54am

Good for you Patricia, although the more I read about the effects of salt (like on BP), the less I think it's so bad.

And while I'm here, permit me to do some ranting and raving.

It starts with reading a book titled It Starts With Food (by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig). (This is not a book review.)

Here's the deal. The authors are promoting how to live a healthier life by a) eating the "right" foods, and, b) avoiding the "wrong" foods.  Wrongs are sugar, grains, dairy, legumes. Fill up with vegetables, fruits, meats.

Here's my beef. I'm nearly 75 years old, have no major health issues, feel good, etc. I regularly eat all the "wrongs". But I do eat a whopping amount of "rights". According to the book, I'd be a lot better off eliminating the bad guys. Well, if I'm so healthy, WHY should I? I like eating those "enemies". I love desserts! (And, by the way, I weight less than 130 lbs at 5'7+", so I'm not fat.)

I'm wondering if I have to choose between continuing to eat the foods I like and live to 95, or cut out the baddies and live to 100. Or does it really matter? At the moment, I'm opting for choice #1. As they say, life is too short. Enjoy the moment.

End of rant.

Comment by Patricia on February 12, 2018 at 5:33pm

Making 3 loaves of bread today, using only 1/4 tsp. salt....I want to tell the specialist that I'm trying....

Comment by Patricia on February 10, 2018 at 1:33pm

Yes, I am livid about that doctor & it was the Prince George doctors who found this when I went for the pre-op. I'm just glad we no longer have that doctor, & have a new one. I could have been dead of kidney failure or on dialysis if things weren't discovered when they were. I am also lucky I quit taking the stuff prescribed when they disagreed with me so hopefully damage is minimal.

Comment by Plinius on February 10, 2018 at 5:42am

That's bad news, Patricia, all the more because the doctor caused it. 

Comment by Patricia on February 9, 2018 at 3:19pm

I have had irritible bowel, reflux, collagenous colitis for years Joan,& adjusted my foods accordingly.

This kidney thing has been on the edge of normal for years, but after our dr. retired, we had a new dr. for 18 months, who has since moved on, but was prescribing things for my hip that I should never have taken, & my kidneys took a bad hit because of them.

Now I have to see the nephrologist & go from there. Apparently by what I've read so far, diets are geared to your lab work, so what's right for one may not be right for another.

But in this waiting time, I am watching salt & where its hidden. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 9, 2018 at 3:10pm

Patricia, what do you expect will be your new diet? Will Carl be a resource for you; I assume kidney disease has patterns of diet. 

I am sorry you have stomach issues. I have no idea how that feels. Perhaps my stomach was hardened by my spending the first four years of my life in the filth of the slaughterhouse and meat market with my Dad. 


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