Food... a question

  1. Ok, ever since my tachy episode yesterday and before I see the cardiologist, I'm supposed to tweak my diet a little. (I hope this isn't going to hurt)

    Doc said: no caffeine (ouch), no sugar, no other stimulants.

    So..... what's safe to eat? Sorry if this sounds like a stupid question, but there's caffeine and sugar in so many foods... does this mean I should stay away from processed food altogether?

    Help!

    Keep in mind that I'm tired as all get out and don't intend to spend all day in the kitchen.
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   Hooligan
    Perhaps a book like Sugar Busters would be helpful...Or a diabetic cook book...Just a thought...
  4. by   bagladyrn
    Aside from the obvious, there is caffeine in chocolate, many sodas other than colas and in a lot of headache remedies. Sugar is in many processed foods - as bean said - try the diabetic cookbook or look in the supermarket aisle where they have all the specialty foods for diabetics or the "health" foods
  5. by   Aussienurse2
    Or maybe you could just get some frozen mixed veg from the supermarket and bung them in the microwave??? Or try stirfrying your meals, a little garlic, onion, soy, lean chicken or beef and a bag of fresh veg? The only foods we eat that have sugar in them are sweets and the only caffeine is from coffee or "Coke" If you eat fresh foods you shouldn't have too many probs.
    Stir fry is quick, I can cook for six in about fifteen, twenty minutes.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Can you stick w/fresh fruits and veggies? leaving out salt and the like? It is all I could advise. I wish you well, and pls update us to your condition when you know anything new!
  7. by   live4today
    I agree with Deb......try fresh fruits and veggies. At least that is natural sugar.....totally unlike the added table sugar in soft drinks and candy. Salt can have the same effect on the body as sugar can, so watch your excess salt intake too. Again...naturally occurring salts in food is okay....it's the "added" salts that are the ones to avoid.

    Try oatmeal, too. Good for ya. Put some cinammon and raisins in the oatmeal when you eat. Try cut up bananas in it, too.

    Applesauce is another good thing to eat. Drink apple juice....all natural of course....as a beverage of choice. Bottled water is better than sodas anyday.....IMHO.

    Eat a salad with some tuna or chopped chicken breast in it, slice up some bell peppers and mushrooms, add it to your salad and eat all you want.

    Eat a lot of carrot sticks......good for the eyes, I hear.

    Make some pasta and toss some salmon into it, and eat. It's good!
  8. by   LasVegasRN
    The doc made a pretty blanket statement by saying "No sugar". At the most, he could have referred you to a nutritionist or something to define that a little better.

    Sugar is present in fruit. Why do diabetics drink orange juice to bring up their blood sugar? My endocrinologist says I cannot eat fruits unless my blood sugar is consistently under 200 (which it is, yay!), STILL I cannot drink fruit juices because of that very reason.

    I think some more clarification is in order. Just my $0.02.
  9. by   JailRN
    You could always come out here and let us take care of you. Other than that, healthy eating, homemede food-I know that's just what you wanted to hear, with school, work, etc,-faggitabot the fast food, processed meats, eat fruits and veggies, chicken, eggs, fish, tofu(if you like it) that kind of stuff--good luck
  10. by   BadBird
    There are many substitutes on the market such as caffeine free soda or coffee. Sugar free foods , lite products. I know this is a adjustment just takes a little getting used to , more label reading. When in doubt you can always get a Wendy's salad with fat free dressing. There is sugar free frozen yogurt that is good too. Healthy Choice makes decent frozen products when you are in a hurry. If you increase your veggie intake you will feel better too.
  11. by   NurseDennie
    Are you still going veggie? This IS MsPurp, right? I have SUCH a hard time keeping up!

    I still recommend stir-frying with tofu. Fast, healthy and yummy. Unprocessed rice, oooh, add some "wild rice" Yummmy

    Put lots of different beans, corn and grains into your diet and just eat stuff fresh and not overcooked. It doesn't take so long, it doesn't take up so much room in the fridge, your breath will be sweeter than if you eat meat, and other things smell less objectionable.

    Love

    Dennie
  12. by   delirium
    You are soooo welcome to take care of me, JailRN.... did you ever feel like you just want to relinquish control and let someone else worry about everything for awhile?

    Yes, Dennie, its me, and I am cutting back on meat, although I haven't cut it totally out of my diet yet.

    So today I haven't eaten anything. This med makes me so bloody nauseous and drowsy and gross.
  13. by   mario_ragucci
    Just go NPO till you see the dr. (safe)
  14. by   delirium
    Originally posted by mario_ragucci
    Just go NPO till you see the dr. (safe)
    Umm, are you trying to be funny, Mario?

    Today is Friday (and I haven't eaten anything today.... cause I suck). I don't see my PMD until Tuesday.

    Doesn't that strike you as a long time to be strictly NPO?

    Or maybe you're really adept at fasting... I applaud that. I have a friend who used to go on these 180 day juice fasts.

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