Saturday, March 7, 2009

What's an Oxalate and why does it suck so hard?

One of the things that I was told yesterday by the specialist was that there are only a few things I can do to aid my current situation. First, drink lots of water. Totally on this -- 2-3 liters a day I can now handle or at least force-drink myself. Second, add lemons to my diet in a big way. Hey, it'll help me drink the water. I could even eat a lemon whole if I had to, no problem.

The third thing however is a little trickier. Limit my high oxalate foods. The ones the doctor specifically mentioned are Strawberries and Chocolate. He also mentioned coffee, tea and soda, but those not going to be a problem for right now since I have already cut out coffee and have never drank tea or soda. But Strawberries?? My favorite food in the whole world? As strawberry season approaches? And Chocolate? You mean, Cadburry Mini-Eggs? During Easter?

When I got home, I did some further searching into what high oxalate foods are and here's a brief list of the things that I now need to limit: Grapes, Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, bread, cheerios, graham crackers, oatmeal, popcorn, nuts, peanut butter, soy products, beets, celery, escarole, green beans, parsley, green peppers, potatoes, spinach, watercress and canned tomato sauce! That's a lot of food! And a lot of healthy food! I'm a little perplexed because theses are all of the healthy things that I actually LIKE. I have Cheerios with Strawberries every morning for breakfast. And I usually have peanut butter and jelly as my go-to lunch! I have no clue what on earth to eat. This morning I got up went into the kitchen and just thought, what the hell am I going to eat??

Now to be fair, I don't need to eliminate these foods. But I'm thinking that since my diet has until now consisted almost entirely of high oxalate foods, that I need to make some serious changes. A little scary.

God did however give me one blessing. Though he cursed the Mini-Eggs, he did grace us with the wonderful blessing that BACON IS LOW OXALATE. Thank you, Lord.

3 comments:

Net Ghost said...

Yeah, I would basically be sunk if I had to eliminate oxolates from my diet. That really sucks.

Sarah K said...

i love the last bit!! and the title! that is a long list, though. i'll pretend i didn't read the no mini eggs.

Caitlin said...

Found you via your interview on the Collective and I just have to say, we have the very same high-oxolate diet. I hope this is not a permanent situation. You have my sympathies!