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Swedish Meatballs
It is lunchtime, and I am eating Swedish Meatballs with extra meatballs. In my normal rennie-fashion, ever since Friday (when my doc told me I'm very anemic) I have been hyper-aware of what I eat. Seeking out beef or meat with every meal, taking vitamins each day, and doing internet searches on iron-rich foods and causes of anemia, and fantasizing about steak (even though I don't particularly like it).

Not that I've actually eaten any steak...but I've thought about it. At my office's holiday dinner saturday, one of the dishes passed around was roast beef with mushrooms. "Oooh, look at all that iron!" I exclaimed enthusiastically. Of course, I probably helped myself to more mushrooms than beef, but at least I ate some of the beef. It's a start.

It's only been 4 days. This frenzy will probably last about a week, then I will go back to my usual poor eating habits and forgetful occasional pill-taking. Hopefully I'll still manage to get enough iron into my body to get my levels up nearer to normal anyway.

One of the things I found most interesting was reading over the symptoms listed on this page. Do I often feel weak or tired? Well of course I do...doesn't everyone? It's the holidays. Everybody is busy, overworked, under-rested, and so forth. I haven't noticed myself feeling more tired than usual, but I'm also very bad at listening to my body. The very next page says, "...if your numbers are below the [normal] ranges, then you may be feeling worse than you should." This could mean that if I can raise my iron-levels, I'll find myself with extra energy (or at least more than I have now)! Now that, I could definitely use. Good thing I ordered extra meatballs.
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encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: December 9th, 2002 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Now if you'll eat that liver like your mother use to tell you to eat (or should have).
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 9th, 2002 10:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Yuck! I'll stick with steak. As a child, the only way I could eat liver was by doing the "hold your breath and your nose, swallow quickly" technique.

Funny, my mother never makes liver any longer. I wonder if she only did it when we were children because she felt she was "supposed" to?
kimberlybobrow From: kimberlybobrow Date: December 9th, 2002 10:58 am (UTC) (Link)

liver - yuck and me too!

My mother made me do it too, and I despised it! As an adult, I have decided that I will not eat organ meat that is made up of substances that aren't even qualified to become shit.

So there, mom!


Hope you're feeling better, in any case!
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: December 9th, 2002 11:01 am (UTC) (Link)


Just for fun, I did a little search for best source for nutritional iron and got some interesting results - including breakfast cereal!
radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: December 9th, 2002 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good luck with the iron.
joline From: joline Date: December 9th, 2002 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
good luck with that iron stuff! i wanted to ask you if you'd ever tried keeping a Food Journal. when i was feeling weird (hypoglycemic, though, not anemic) and had to wait over a month to get a doctor's appointment, i kept a little log of what i ate and when and when i felt my symptoms. now, when i look back on my journal and think about things i've read since then or discussed with my doctor, it all makes sense. (it also made me really aware of what i was eating, so i ate really well! heh!) so now i feel like i know what kind of diet my body wants. i don't know if it would work the same for you, but maybe it would be interesting?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 10th, 2002 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)


I used to keep a food journal when I was dieting more seriously. Like you said: it helped keep me eating better. Not a bad idea....I should restart that.

Did your doctor help you fix your hypoglycemia problems?
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