So, I called the nurse hotline about the headache, fatigue, and stomach pain and I could have predicted what I was told: stop eating so much fat. Wheat and other whole grains are *good* for you. Too much meat, especially fatty cuts, can lead to lots of health problems. Eat more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Cut way back on the fat. Substitute beans and legumes for meat on some days. And if that doesn't help or if symptoms get more severe, come in to be checked. (I was already in recently for headaches and fatigue and had a complete checkup and bloodwork, so although those symptoms have been *worse*, the thing she was most concerned about was the stomach pain but it was blamed on my "diet far too high in fat and meat products"). I was also offered the chance to see a dietitian to help me understand the benefits of whole grains and less meat and fat. I declined.
Doctors are not nutritionists. Nurses aren't, either. But even most dietitians are taught in the traditional Food Pyramid concept with "bread, cereal, rice and pasta" making up the entire base for the human diet. Even the new USDA MyPlate, which replaced the food pyramid in 2011, shows that more than 1/4 of one's intake should be from grains (and "try to make at least half of your grains whole grains"). Fat is not even mentioned or shown on MyPlate, but there is a note that milk should be fat free or 1%. I personally think MyPlate misses the mark incredibly, but it is probably a good starting point for those on the standard American Diet. Anyway, my point is that you will get that kind of feedback from the dietitians, usually. Heck, my daughter's dietitian recommended that I give her a milkshake made with ice cream EVERY DAY to boost her fat and calories! A milkshake! Not a smoothie, some full fat yogurt, or adding olive oil to her food. Sugary, processed ice cream was the answer. (No I did not follow it. I went with the smoothies/yogurt/olive oil/avocado/natural nut butters and my daughter did very well). So if you are trying to eat whole foods, or eat in a non-traditional way such as higher (healthy) fats, more meats, no grains or legumes, it is generally looked at as some kind of fad or at least poor nutrition. We are left to do the research and make those decisions on our own.
Last night I had no stomach pains so that is good. I did cut back my fat intake, not severely restricting but also not eating a half an avocado in one sitting. I had my 2-egg breakfast with black coffee and a sliced kiwi. I used healthy oils in cooking but did not eat fatty cuts of meat. I had some Greek yogurt. I ate some unsweetened coconut. I munched on fresh local organic carrots and peaches. I haven't tried the whey protein yet but might have it today.
If you've been to a dietitian or nutritionist, I'd love to hear about their advice to you. Did they stick to the traditional Food Pyramid or MyPlate? Did any of them think eating higher fat percentages (50% or more) or more meat was a good idea? Did you get good advice that you could use?
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