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04:45 pm: More (Pill)Pocket Distress

After I was offline last night, I read the paper, made the grocery list for Monday, and then watched a DVD. I thought I'd finished the beaded piece that I was making, but when I put it on, I realized I still need to work in the end of the last piece of fireline I used. I'll finish that tonight.

I went to bed at midnight to read and kept sleeping again. I put the book away and decided that since I was going to sleep earlier than 4am, if I woke up before noon, I could stay in bed and read. I also realized that I was going to finish the story I'd been reading, but then I had to transfer to the bookgroup book for next Saturday. Indeed, I woke up at 10:45am and finished the story and then started the book. I could hear the 11am food dispenser, but nobody left to have any. A fair amount of it was gone when I looked a couple hours later. Then the cats looked up actively so I lifted my head to see what it was, and of course, it was the alarm. I turned it off and started getting up.

Junie bit on her (pill)pocket and got the pill and spit it out. Loki got his snackie and went to smell the (pill)pocket and backed off. I'm going to only make three days-worth today, and if that doesn't work, I may leave the container a bit open (I'll have to put it in a drawer then) so the pill doesn't melt into the pocket.

I've skimmed the front pages of the paper, as usual, and am appalled at what the WashPost did today. A sheet folded over the front page of the A section had a sports person on it and when I pulled that whole sheet off, it was an ad for a bank. I can't believe they'd do that to the front page.

Last night I was trying to think how close I could get to the meal plan when I thought of something. When I got up, I checked it. Everybody has to have at least 50gr of protein a day to keep their bodies working. I'm supposed to have no more than 50gr a day because I'm spilling protein which means my kidneys aren't working very well. I can go a gram or so on either side, but 50gr is what I'm to aim at. She told me that one ounce is seven grams, and that each ounce is a serving. She gave me one ounce for breakfast and then two each for lunch and dinner. That's 35gr. She even writes on the front "5oz," which is 35gr of protein. It's a good thing I don't have to see her again.

I mentioned how upset so many people are that Old Town will get a sex shop. In fact, a lot of them are acting as if it's a porn shop, which it isn't. The Council meeting thise week had more people wanting it gone than to stay. People kept saying that crime and sexual assaults would go up, which is really unlikely because there are other shops like that -- just not in Old Town (one of them also has lingerie and shoes and so forth in male sizes). There isn't any legal way to get the shop out unless they become a "disturbance" and I suppose people could cause that.

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Date:September 12th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
I'd check those numbers further. Specifically, how do they get to one ounce equals seven grams, given that for most purposes an ounce is 28.3 grams? Is this based on the idea that any protein-containing food has the same proportion of protein per ounce, or that it averages out somehow?

(If you weren't dealing with someone who apparently believes that 7x5=50, I would assume she knew what she was talking about.)
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Date:September 12th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, when I first got sick and checked the conversion, I decided to make it 2oz for 50gr. Close enough. I just think she was pretty new as a nutritionist and maybe didn't understand a lot of things. One of the things I had on that list of food for Thursday was the Noodles & Co's Bangkok Curry. She didn't believe me that I got the nutrition info from anybody other than Noodles, and she didn't believe they'd tell the truth. There's several places who calculate nutrition for restaurants and she just didn't believe it. (If I'd had protein with the curry, I could have gotten both calories and protein right.)
Date:September 13th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
I wonder if she was thinking that 1 oz of meat has about 7g protein? [Which is approximately true, and a reasonable rule of thumb.] Since people in the US buy groceries in pounds and ounces, but lab work is nonetheless done in metric [I think...it is, isn't it?], perhaps she just doesn't get that they're both just weights or explained herself poorly. Still, she does sound pretty clueless.

Good luck getting it all sorted. I've had depressed appetite from meds, and it is tough. After a while, low blood sugar and losing the habit of eating regularly make it harder to eat, and the feedback loop is vexing.
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Date:September 13th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
She might have been, but she still only gave me 35gr, which is very weird. I just need to find things that I can take at the end of the day to fill up the calories and protein, and the meal plan has some ideas about that.
Date:September 13th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
Good luck with the nutritionist. I hope you'll be able to figure things out yourself if she can't.
I use a somewhat older book by Dr. Phil for counting calories (I don't right now, but did before my daughter's wedding so I could fit into that little dress) and he lists protein along with all kinds of other things. Quite helpful. It's quite a thick book and not terribly convenient but it lists fast foods and prepared foods in addition to raw ingredients. Makes it quite interesting if you're making something from scratch and add up 1 tsp. almonds, so much vinaigrette, so many green beans etc. etc. :-)
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Date:September 13th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
There's a website that I use for nutrition of plain things, the prepared foods have Nutrition on it, and there are several websites that process restaurant foods and give the nutrition, so that part is fine. It's figuring out what to have to finish off the day that's difficult.
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