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May 17, 2007
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ok, so i just got a referral to a nutritionist - appointment pending insurance approval.

does anyone know what i can expect - will they also cover exercise? do they just teach you about food? what exactly does a nutritionist do?

May 17, 2007
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I think every nutritionist is different.

Usually they ask you to keep a log of your daily intake...food, drinks, meds, and vitamins/supplements.

Many will talk about exercise...may even give you some pages on things you can do...but that depends on the person.

They will probably go over your daily requirements, see if your diet is complete enough...advise what to eat more of and less of.

Some will advise what supplements to take...there are many that help fibro patients.

I went to a nutritionist while pregnant and all she did was watch my weight and talk to me about what I was eating and what I should be eating.

I went to another nutritionist for my daughter, while on WIC...and she reviewed the food guide pyramid and how to help my daughter eat better.

Also understand that nutritionists have different philosophies...some will adhere to the food pyramid...others will have alot of knowledge in organic stuff...some will know about diets such as low carbohydrates and support it...others won't.

May 17, 2007
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did you feel like you got alot out of it? how long did you go?

May 17, 2007
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I went throughout my pregnancy...and then twice a year with my daughter, for three years.

No, I didn't get much out of it...nothing I could not have gotten online.

I wasn't looking for support at the time...these were required visits for medical reasons.

I don't know if they visits are different if you go for other reasons.

May 17, 2007
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rising - why are you the only one who talks to me?

May 17, 2007
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I would have replied sweetheart but I dont know much about nutritionists. What I do know is second hand. All I know is that my husbands friend went and now he exercises every day and has lost 40 pounds. I think it also has to do with why your going. My husbands friend was over weight. Some people go cause they are under. It does get sad though when people dont reply to our threads. I'm sorry if you feel that way sweetheart. I feel that way all the time. ((((Robbie))))

May 17, 2007
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Robbie, I too had no knowledge on this matter, but I was hoping to follow and learn because I need to change my diet due to high blood sugar. Nice to meet you Robbie!

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May 17, 2007
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ah GGfred. Something that not everyone knows. White bread and regular potatoes turns into sugar once it is digested. Whole wheat bread is fine and yucon gold and red potatoes are fine

May 17, 2007
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Thanks, I knew potatoes were bad, but I didn't know that about red and yukon potatoes...

May 18, 2007
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robbie...maybe cuz people see we have a running convo going and don't want to interrupt?

i see another post here about people thinking there is a clique going on and not wanting to jump in.

that's my best guess...other than that, perhaps they don't have anything to share?

May 18, 2007
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Hi robbie. I went to a nutritionist several years ago and she was not helpful. I knew enough healthy food information from having been in Weight Watchers and doing my own reading, that she wasn't very helpful. It may have just been the nutritionist and there are probably better ones out there.

I think with your fibro and other things going on, that a good nutritionist might be able to help you figure out the right combination of foods to help with your energy levels and depression. It is worth a shot and you don't have to go back if she isn't helpful.

Best of luck.
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May 18, 2007
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hmmm - why am i sensing this may not work out? 🙁

May 18, 2007
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Robbie, every person is different and everyone has different needs. Give it a try if that is what you need.

May 18, 2007
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i will give it a try. maybe i should had asked for a counselor instead. but, will have to give it a fair chance.

May 18, 2007
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I agree....try it...and go with your gut feeling.

There are alot of fibro books out there with detailed information on what to eat, what to avoid and what supplements to take and ideas on exercise for fibro patients.

If you just need "guidelines" those may be all you need.

But if you need someone holding your hand, walk you thru it and be accountable to, then a nutritionist may help.

May 18, 2007
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this isnt for my fibro. i want to lose weight. im hoping the nutritionist will teach me about foods and quantities, exercise and keep me motivated as well as talk about emotional issues surrounding weight and food.

May 21, 2007
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robbie,

the nutritionist may or MAY NOT help you with food issues.

Every one is different.

I know that most regular therapists will help with eating issues - that revolve around emotional eating.

Overeaters anonymous is a great source too...it's a 12 step and my doc recommended it and it's free.

The nutrionist WILL help you learn about food and nutrition...and the focus may be on what's good and bad for fibro patients...because believe it or not...how your body reacts to certain foods and what it craves IS directly linked to fibro.

People with fibro have different tolerances to food than normal people do.

So, while you may not go specifically for the fibro...fibro is PART of the reason your weight is high.

Have you thought about those books mamac recommended? They are great at teaching you how your body is when you have fibro, including nutrition info.

May 21, 2007
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I don't know about nutritionists that much but I eat incredibly healthy. I also have a very strict workout regimine that seems to work for me. I would be happy to share whatever I do if you want.

May 21, 2007
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ok. what do you do?

May 21, 2007
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better to go to a naturalpath. or google search online. Example excellent site for gouty arthritis that tells you which foods are acidic (stay away from) and which are alkaline. Good good
http://www.goutcure.com/goutca.....sfood.html

or you may very well suffer from candida most of us do. Here is a site explaining how and why and all the nasty diseases not dealing with your diet can cause
http://www.naturalcureguide.co.....ndida.html

I tried threelac it was good but will try the top rated one next time. They rate the products at the above url there. A good probiotic is a must.

There are tons of great sites for this sort of thing. I've been studying health and nutrition since 91. Took three years in university. Nobody will listen to me though.

Most problems would go away if you would just drink enough water. Take your weight, divide it in half and that is how many oz you should drink everyday. Measure it out into a container. Drink it, drink it all! Drink it mostly in the morning, or you will be up peeing all through the night. Drink the pure, filtered water through a straw if you must. You may feel bloated at first, the straw will help that but just keep at it. Stay away from booze, drugs, caffeine, nicotine, pop, fast food and acid causing food. If you drink any diuretic like pop, booze, black tea, coffee you have to add an extra cup, 8 oz of water to make up for the dehydrating affect. That is on top of that 10 cups or so you already have to get in there to make sure you body cells/enzymatic processes are functioning properly.

Go into recovery and deal with your unhealed issues from the past. Your cells carry that stuff. Your thoughts create your whole universe. If your depressed all the time, living from your false egoic conditioned mind, your brain sends out certain hormones. The cells are bathed day after day in these hormones. They change. They make more receptors for depression and less for the happy hormones. That is why most people are unconscious. You really have to want this new stuff, it takes awhile to change the biochemicals in your brain. I know I took 3 years of chemistry, organic chemisty, biology, microbioly, anatomy, psychology, abnormal brain and behaviour. None of it helped me of course. I had ignored my spiritual growth.

I had to get a belief in a higher power. Now I know birth and death, coming and going - what a joke! I experiencially know my True Self. (can't spell in any manifistation)

I worked my 12 steps hard. My spiritual awakening was some peak experience. The temporary death of my egoic mind (false self) was amazing. We are one. There is no birth and death. If there was no illusion there could be no enlightenment.

Now if you do all that, maybe if you are lucky, lol, you've raised your consciousness, you vibrate at the frequency of spontaneous healing. Bingo your a miracle. The Dr.s can't explain it. lol Now I've saved you a trip to the nutrionist. You will get nothing better than I just told you. 🙂

oh yhea exercise, go for a walk at least half an hour everyday, stretch, clench those glutes, laugh, don't worry, pass your gas, lol, relax, everything that arises passes, you are fine. I love you just the way you are. Love yourself. Pray. Meditate. Listen to the birds chirp. Read Zen. Be well. We are one, you are not alone, there is only one thing and we are all within that one thing. The universe follows certain rules. Figure them out for you. Ask the questions, do whatever it takes for you to get it this lifetime. Good luck. 🙂

May 21, 2007
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Well robbie, Every morning, I make myself eat breakfast. I usually have a bowl of grapenuts or some other cereal that is high in fiber. I always have a glass of iced tea and a drink called enviga. Orange juice works too. Then between breakfast and lunch I have fruit as a snack. Then for lunch I have a salad and half a sandwich with turkey, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and grey poupon or with a veggie pattie and a bit of light mayo, lettuce and tomatoes. Then mid afternoon I have carrots with ranch dressing as a snack and for dinner I usually have some type of chicken, red meat, fish or pasta with a vegetable, salad and cranberry juice. Also I drink tons of water during the day to make sure I am properly hydrated. I am never hungry because I make sure to satisfy myself with snacks. Also for dessert and I usually have berries with light cool whip or a popsicle. As for excercise, I run for thirty minutes every day but four times a week I do yoga and pilates for thirty minutes. Its really helpful and clears your mind. I also think its important to take care of yourself emotionally because stress can cause a build up of cortisol which can make you gain weight. Hope this helps.

May 22, 2007
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ok, so last night when i read this, i was like, i cant do all that. dont know what changed overnight, but i know i can make some changes. i brought a salad for lunch today. i was bringing water in a big jug but it rolled off the seat and broke on my way to work. (cant drink the water here). as far as exercise - i cannot run/jog at the moment. im too heavy and out of shape. i get winded going for a short walk. but i can walk. is it better to go for a long slow walk, or a quick brisk walk?

May 22, 2007
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go for a long slow walk because first of all, getting outside and in the fresh air is really good for you and eventually you will be able to go faster and longer. Don't think that I just did this from the day I was born. I recently lost 35 pounds and when I was starting off, I would usually end up in tears because I was frustrated. But it got better and better and suddenly I was able to run. It took about 8 months for me to really get into shape though. By the way, I treat myself to whatever I want one dinner out of the week. That way you feel like you get a reward. Sorry about the water. That sux but maybe bring a smaller bottle or a thermous of bottled water. That way it it won't break. Its probably going to take some time but once you begin to make it a lifestyle change instead of a diet it will come easier. And as far as your routine, it doesn't have to be just like mine, but just do things where you are eating healthy snacks in between meals to curb hunger and getting some sort of protien at night. Also make sure that you aren't eating anything enormously salty. HOpe you have fun with it cause making this change can be fun.

May 22, 2007
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thanks loverbee. the jug held the "doctor recommended daily amount of water." i bummed it broke i'm going to go get another one tonight because that will really help me keep track of my water intake.

i hope you will stick around to help me along.

May 22, 2007
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I will be here robbie. I remember how hard it was to get started so I understand. I am a really good motivator though. I helped my best friend lose sixty five pounds because he said I was like his little cheerleader. That and I taught him how to cook finally so he wasn't eating dominos pizza all the time. 😉 So anyway, if you ever want some good recipes, I can help with that too. Its funny cause helping people get started living a healthy life really helps me stay motivated to my lifestyle change too. We are in this together I guess. 🙂

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