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I'm trying to make the best of this diet, but it's really hard. Could you give me some tips?

Asked by ChocolateReigns (5619points) January 1st, 2011

I’m 14. I’ve got mild asthma, and it really makes my life kind of miserable, because none of the medicines the MDs have given me work. My mom decided to try putting me on this diet for the month of January. Basically, I can’t eat anything out of a package, no sugar, and hardly any fruit, bread, or milk, and we’ll be eating a lot of beans. I honestly don’t think it’ll work, but I’m trying to make the best of it. I was going to make cool dishes with chicken and veggies and stuff, and experiment. I was actually thinking it’d be an interesting challenge. But my mom says food is simply a way to get nutrition, nothing more. She won’t let me do any cooking to make interesting food because “we have better things to do with our time”. How am I supposed to make this interesting? Any ideas?

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janbb's avatar

What the hell? Your Mom wants you to try a very limited diet because she thinks it might help you – o.k., that’s fine. But she won’t let you experiment with ways to make it palatable to you. That sounds punitive to me. Can you talk to her more about your feelings of frustration? It seems to me that if she is sincere about wanting you to try this diet and doesn’t have some other underlying agenda, she should be delighted with your offers to try to participate. If she really won’t work with you, find ways to stay on the diet but eat some of the foods “out” in a more interesting form. Or talk to a trusted adult who might be able to talk some sense into her.

BarnacleBill's avatar

Find a real asthma diet plan and follow it. According to WebMD people who follow the Mediterranean Diet have a lower incidence of asthma attacks.

ChocolateReigns's avatar

@BarnacleBill If I had any say in it, I would. But, as it is, I have absolutely no say in this part of my life.

JLeslie's avatar

@ChocolateReigns Is it gluten free? You said no bread. Can you have maybe a gluten free bread, or pizza maybe? Something more appealing to you? I guess from what you wrote your opinion does not really matter to your mom for now regarding this. If it is just January, I guess the best way to deal with it is to know the light at the end of the tunnel is only one month away. If you do feel much better, maybe she will let you get more creative within the parameters of the diet. It would be great if you figured out some foods might be making you feel sick. I am guessing your mom is just following a diet exactly, I never could do that. I need to be able to substitute dishes I like, while still following the rules.

MissAnthrope's avatar

@ChocolateReigns – Since you aren’t allowed any control or say here, what kind of answers are you looking for? (I mean that sincerely.. like, tips on coping? or tips on how to convince your mom? how old are you?)

I totally understand, by the way. I’ve had migraines since I was 5 and my mom refused to let me see a doctor for medication, because she “didn’t believe in Western medicine” while I was growing up.

jazmina88's avatar

good spices really make a difference.

ChocolateReigns's avatar

@JLeslie, Nope, it’s not gluten free. I’m not sure what it’d be called. It’s supposed to be absolutely no kind of sugar, not even fruit sugar. Apparently bread and milk turns into sugar inside your body.
@MissAnthrope I’m kind of looking for both. Ways to cope for this month, ways to convince her that her logic is flawed, how to maintain a good attitude all month, even though this whole thing makes me really kinda grumpy…Anything, really. I’m 14.

etignotasanimum's avatar

What I want to know is, where did your mother come up with the idea that feeding you what sounds like an unbalanced diet is supposed to help with your health?
You probably shouldn’t ask your mom that sort of question because you don’t want to upset her and have her think that you’re mouthing off.
Maybe you could do as @BarnacleBill said and look up the sort of diet you should be eating. You could always tell your mom that you’re interested in making this new diet work and because of that you did some research and found (insert your findings here). This would show her that you’re willing to make the effort while introducing the idea that maybe her crazy bean meals won’t work out.

You can make it through the month!

JLeslie's avatar

@ChocolateReigns Well, a no carb/sugar diet would panic me a little for you, but since you are eating beans, assuming you mean black beans, kidney beans, and not green beans, you are getting “sugars.” All carbs and sugars eventually breakdown into simple sugars in your bloodstream.

JLeslie's avatar

Nutrition for Living was the text book I used in my college nutrition class. It is an excellent easy to understand book about basic nutrition. It will not help you with possible food allergies, but will help you when you apply diet ideas regarding your food allergies. Your mom might be interested also. It is interesting to understand how food breaks down in your body, and information on vitamins and minerals, exercise and calories. Most diet books are about dieting and theories, but college level text books are more about the actual science.

It might be a little advanced for you since it is college level, but it is very inexpensive on Amazon.

ChocolateReigns's avatar

@etignotasanimum My mom got the idea from various nutrionists that she’s talked to and our chiropractor. If I did that research and told her about it, she’d take it as me saying she was crazy. It wouldn’t blow over very well.

BarnacleBill's avatar

Maybe if you feign enthusiasm and intense interest, perhaps you can get her to agree to The Sugar Busters Diet which sounds more healthy.

I will think that she will get tired of this very quickly. Anything that’s a fad or difficult to follow is generally doomed to failure.

JLeslie's avatar

@ChocolateReigns I wanted to add that I am not recommending a text book to be argumentative with your mom. I just wanted to be clear that I am not trying to criticize her. I think she would probably be interested in the information also. I simply recommended it for more knowledge on nutrition.

Also, I cannot remember the laws, and they vary greatly by state, but sometimes people can call themselves nutritionists or dieticians legally, with barely any training or education. So, I always think it wise to know if they actually have at minimum a college degree in nutrition. Being a nurse practitioner, physicians assistant or doctor, even better.

MissAnthrope's avatar

@ChocolateReigns – Her statement about food being for fuel and not enjoyment is most troubling to me. It’s one thing to try eating differently, but it seems heartless to me to be so indifferent about whether the person wants to, and whether the food is even palatable to begin with. Of course it’s important that it tastes good!

Could you maybe frame it in a way that’s like… you’re trying to be more responsible, trying to learn to cook, trying to learn new skills, or something like that, with the goal of getting more involved in how the final outcome tastes (at least)?

ChocolateReigns's avatar

@MissAnthrope That was my exact argument earlier today. It didn’t work. Thanks so much for the advice.

kel's avatar

u should try a good breackfast , then snacks like nuts appels ect all good stuff then things like tunna salads , chicken salad ,jacket potatoes with beans chesses , or tuna again or prawns there is loads of things u could try but not just beans and one main thing lots of water

i hope this helps…........

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