Friday, April 14, 2006

Adapting to Low Fat Living

We are home. Billy Ray was discharged from the hospital yesterday. He is still pretty irritable because he is having a lot of pain from the pancreatitus.

Adapting to the low fat diet is working reasonably well all things considered. In addition to reading the books I found at Barnes and Noble, Larry and I went to the store to read labels and get what we could find. One example is adapting for grilled cheese sandwiches – a favorite of Billy Ray. We make it on whole wheat bread with very little reduced fat mayo, no fat cheese and instead of margarine, I found a fat free cooking spray and topping called I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. It is more like butter than those cooking sprays like PAM and it still has no fat. The bread is actually a little brown.

We took a look at his “usual” dinner that we had adapted to when he became diabetic. We had already switched him to brown rice from baked potatoes and garlic bread made from whole wheat and reduced fat margarine instead of white French bread. He always gets a chicken patty which says it has 12 mg. fat but he doesn’t usually eat but half of it anyway. I made grilled toast with the I Can’t Believe It Isn’t Butter spray, gave him half a chicken patty and brown rice.

Not bad adapting that much in just one day. I am proud of our progress.

There is one more reality to adapting Billy Ray to low fat diet - Mom and Dad have to change our lifestyle too. Forget about cooking our favorites like pork chops and chicken fried steaks. There is no way Billy Ray is going to understand Mom and Dad having what he can't have. We had to adapt to never having donuts or candy in the house when he became diabetic. The interesting thing about that was that I never really ate much candy and didn't miss it until I realized we couldn't have it in the house anymore.

It may take us a bit to catch up on our sleep so if I am not writing everyday please be patient.

Until next time,
Peggy Lou Morgan
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