I have read alot of posts on this site about cutting carbs, sweets, alcohol etc. To help maintain or lose weight while taking Pred.
Here is my dilema and I am just about at my wits end! I am currently on 7.5 mg of Pred. Diagnosed with PMR in September 2017, suspect I have had it since March 2017.
I have a gluten allergy (not severe, but feel sick and itchy if I eat to much). Therefore, i keep away from gluten filled things. With the exception of pizza once a month and low carb tortillas a couple of times a month I stay away from breads, pasta, anything wheat etc.
I stay away from fast food anything with a high fat content (butter, deep fried things) with no gall bladder high fat foods just go right through me.
Above that, I have food sensitivities that if I indulge I am in the bathroom on the toilet (enough of that) along with that is stomach pains, cramping and is no fun.
So food sensitivites are: acidic foods, berries, oranges, lemon, tomatoes, sauces. Can't eat marinades, salad dressings, anything with MSG, or maltodextrin. Anything with sulfites bothers me.
These days I mostly consist on turkey, ham some cheeses, fresh grapes, melon, bananas, watermelon, blueberries, cherries, meat and vegies and oatmeal. I can have small amounts of cashews, almonds and pistachios. But peanuts are a no-no. I have hummus with carrots, cucumbers.
I don't eat cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts due to gas and bloating. I eat pretty much any other vegetable.
I have to limit dairy so I don't get bloated and have belly cramping and pain.
I endulge in one 12 oz can of diet coke a day ( a girl can't give up everything )
I have 1 cup of coffee a day with 2 tablespoons of cinnamon/vanilla creamer. I drink some tea, hot and cold, though its not a go to drink for me.
The rest of the time it is water to drink.
My availability of foods that don't cause pain or make me nauseaous continues to dwindle the older I get. Going out to eat is a joke, there are so many additives in foods these days.
So my intent and question after all this is how can I lose weight? I have been at this weight for over a year. I need to lose at least 50 pounds, but 65 would be better. I am healthy other than the PMR. No high blood pressure, no other meds (except my anti-depressant & Pred). I sleep a minimum of 8 hours a night. I have been exercising through yard work, house work (up and down stairs for laundry etc), walking some.
I am 56 years old and my family has a tendency to be over weight.
If anyone has any suggestions or ideas that could help me. I am just so depressed about this. I am trying to do all the right things but they don't seem to help.
I appreciate any suggestions.