Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Diet (& Exercise)

We found out today that The Boy needs to be on a "renal diet," meaning - loosely and simply translated - a diet that is low in sodium and low in potassium. I'm not especially worried about it, but it is going to cause some different things in our household procedures.

A little background: if you don't know me, you don't know how strict I am about what I eat. I was raised as a "clean your plate" kind of kid, so I tend to be extremely cautious about what I put in to my body. When I finished grad school, I was 6'2" and 220 pounds - far too heavy for my frame. I started exercising and, within a year, was down to a decent 205. The Wife & I followed the "Rock Hard Challenge" from Muscle & Fitness Magazine, and I dropped to 172. Long story short, I'm back up to around 205 to 210 right now, but most of it is "good" weight.

I'm an exercise freak, as you've noticed. Love running. Love weight lifting. Love using my body as much as possible.

The most important part of any diet plan is the exercise. I ask that The Wife not bring bad stuff into the house, except one or two little things for treats, because I'll eat them. Most days, I keep track of my food in a food journal - my livestrong.com account is open, and the user name is "chucksax." Check me out. I'm pretty good, even though it's been a few weeks since I've put anything in. That'll change soon.

The bottom line is that I eat a really good diet, particularly for a guy in his mid-30's. There's not much on my plate on a given day (except for Diet Mountain Dew, possibly the most toxic "foodstuff" known to mankind) that isn't healthy, organic, or both. So, when we're told that we need to have low sodium and low potassium in our diet, among other things, I can shrug my shoulders and agree.

Out: Ketchup (BIG deal), avocado, eating most restaurant food, eating pretty much everything frozen. Salsa. Pretzels & 99% of potato chips (seeya Pringles!).

Okay. Not a big deal. I'm a believer in the old "if he can't eat it, don't bring it in the house" philosophy. If it isn't in the house, we're less likely to eat it. We can still have bananas because The Boy hates them.

Let's see... ketchup vs. hospitalization and death. I think we know the answer to that one.

Besides, mustard belongs on hot dogs, not ketchup. Although, hot dogs are out... it's not going to be an easy road for him through the course of his life, that's for sure. He's going to be singled out A LOT for the foods that he can't eat.

Given the choice? We'll deal with it. I will NOT lose my son because of food.


X said...

blasphemy !!! hot dogs and ketchup go together like Peanut butter and jelly!

the mol said...

I feel better knowing that the current climate in schools is much more accommodating of kids who have special dietary needs. My allergen-free diet that I grew up on was very difficult and I caught a lot of crap for it, and I also did everything in my power not to follow it.

Hot dogs aren't really something he can eat anyway, so mustard isn't an issue. And actually, mayo is a more acceptable condiment choice for him, with lower sodium than either ketchup or mustard.