I had a stroke in my brainstem caused by a blockage in my basilar artery, I had paralysis in my whole right side which went away, any one else have a stroke ?
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@beachgal8 how frightening! I wonder how many people dismiss symptoms?
The good news is that you recognize you are starting to gain weight despite watching what you eat. I have struggled with eating all my life and it's a daily battle changing my life style when it comes to food. It's not easy going from "live to eat" to "eat to live". What has helped my was reading a book while searching for answers for my autoimmune diseases - small fiber peripheral neuropathy (SFPN) and polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). I found a book written by Dr. Terry Wahls who suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS). She has an amazing story of how she was able to reduce the symptoms through nutrition. She still has MS but she went from being in a wheel chair to riding a bike which is pretty amazing in itself.
One thing I picked out of her diet that I do pretty regular - 4 or 5 days a week I have a "green" smoothie for breakfast. I alternate the fresh fruit and the greens used to make the smoothie - blueberries, strawberries, blackberries or whatever fresh ones I can find. For the greens I use kale, chard, spinach and sometimes arugula but I don't like it as much. I add about 4 oz of unsweetened coconut water and 4 oz of regular water. It's really not as bad as it might sound. The big surprise for me is after drinking the smoothie I can last until lunch time without going on the prowl for some snacks to get me to lunch.
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Hi Johnbishop. I am a connect member in some different areas, but they all seem to become interconnected. Do you happen to know if your smoothies can be used on a low residue diet? I am dealing with pseudo obstructions, and I am decompressing the bowel right now coming off a big shut down requiring an NG tube. Raw is not on the allowable food list in its normal form, but since I am blending cooked stuff to a liquid, can I blend raw stuff to a liquid as well? I want to access the nutritional value of raw, which I normally do on a day to day. I have to prevent residue in the bowel for a while, until it contracts back to normal.
Thank you for any information!
Hi @upartist, I would like to bring some other Connect folks into the discussion to see if they know of others that may be better suited to answer your question. @kanaazpereira @dawn_giacabazi @kdubois @kariulrich do you have any thoughts you can add for UPArtist?
I think you would still be adding fiber into the diet even though the pieces would be smaller if blended into a smoothie. Occassionally I will add some left over cooked veggies into my breakfast smoothie.
Mayo Clinic does have some information on a low-fiber diet here: http://mayocl.in/2s1TdwR
Mayo has a YouTube video on the subject that may be helpful...
Thank you John. That gave me good information.
If you're near a Costco, they have a big bag with individual packages for smoothies that include kale, spinach, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries. It's important to have protein with the carbs. I add their veg-based vanilla protein powder and sliced 1/2 or full banana, and for the liquid, I use half almond milk, half water. I have a Vitamix, which really helps because I start with the frozen packages, but other strong blenders probably work, too. The brand is FreshStart, and it's in the freezer row where frozen fruit is, too.
PS: It looks burgundy at first and then turns greenish brown. But it tastes really good, and you taste only the berries (and optional banana).
I really didn't have any symptoms prior to the stroke that I recall. In fact, I didn't know it was a stroke when it happened. I was sitting by the fireplace one morning and went to get up and sort of lost my balance and then my left side of my face, the left side of my waist, and my left foot all felt strange after that. So I went for tests and they said it was the stroke.
That must have been frightening. How are you doing now?
Welcome to Connect, @soloact. Thanks for the tip on mixed fruit and vegetable packages. I have never seen that but will keep my eyes open for it.
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Hello @soloact, thank you for the tip on the frozen smoothie mix. Those are pretty much my smoothie ingredients and will make it easier for me when I can't get the fresh berries, kale and spinach. I've purchased the frozen berries before but have never seen the individual package with all the ingredients in each package for one smoothie. What kind of liquid and how much do you add if you don't mind my asking? I use Zico no sugar added coconut water 4 oz and 4 oz of water in my regular smoothie along with 1 cup of berries and 2 cups of greens and sometimes a tablespoon of flax or chia seeds.
Instructions on the packets say to add 1.5 cups of water, but I add half water, half almond milk. Coconut milk or partly that could work. So could apple juice, which is a common smoothie ingredient but has too much sugar, to me. I used to add a bit of yogurt, but the almond milk and protein powder add protein and are quicker, easier, and last longer before having to restock. Each packet makes two glasses, so I save one for the next morning.
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