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Diet meal delivery, anyone?

A lot of friends I know started the year with one goal: to lose weight. Raise your hands if you’re in the same boat.

So we resolve to eat healthier, go back to the gym, start running, get into sports. Besides, what’s a better time to renew commitments to a goal than at the start of a year?

But life gets in the way, reality sinks in, and the excitement over the prospects of losing a few pounds wears off. I am currently in this boat.

One of the quickest ways to lose weight is through proper diet. I’ve heard from fitness instructors at the gym that working out alone will not bring about the best results. It has to be coupled with a diet regimen.

Ideally, a weight loss diet should be low in fat and high-glycemic-index (GI) carbohydrates, and high in fiber, low-GI carbs (the good carbs), and proteins. However, for most busy people, it’s almost impossible to stick to such a diet without taking too much of their time in preparation. Eating out would seem to be the most convenient choice for those with nine-to-five jobs. But we know how that fastfood is full of the bad stuff – fats, carbs and sodium.

Shopping for the right ingredients and cooking entail too much time – something that most busy people don’t have. A good option (for those who can afford it) is diet meal delivery. One can have diet meals delivered to the workplace. Restaurants and kitchens that offer this convenient service usually have extensive menus that cover different weight-loss diets. A favorite that has worked wonders for me is the South Beach Diet. I lost 15 pounds in a month. Unfortunately (or fortunately!), because my body was so healthy, I easily got pregnant. 😀

Because I was a work-at-home mom, I was able to prepare my own SBD meals. But if I were working a dayjob, it would have been difficult – with family meals to prepare on top of my own diet meals.

How about you? Have you ever tried diet meal delivery? Would you be willing to try? If I can afford it, and if it will bring me closer to my weight loss diet, I’d go for it too.

Atopic dermatitis update: flare alert!

Nate has skin asthma (atopic dermatitis) – he’s had the condition since he was a baby. But his allergy episodes seem to have gotten worse at the start of this year, and then after typhoon Ondoy struck.

It must be the air. You know, how there are more allergens (molds, mildew) in the air when it’s rainy, damp or cold.

We have taken out eggs, fish, chicken, chocolates, cheese, nuts and processed food such as hotdogs and chips from his diet. Recently, I have been minimizing his intake of cookies and crackers that may have wheat (a possible allergen) and preservatives. (WOW! It’s a wonder that he is big and heavy despite all the restrictions!)

Nate is also on maintenance meds – montelukast 4mg tab, and desloratadine 5ml every single day!

But he still gets these rashes. He has had severe episodes several times since the rainy season began in early June. Unfortunately for Nate, this year’s rainy season has extended well into the current month. 🙁

Severe as in weeping lesions on the scalp and dry, itchy skin all over the body. It really is so frustrating when I see him scratching all over, and I can only offer an extra pair of hands to help him.

Anyway, we’ve been seeing a new allergologist. She seems to be managing Nate well. We went on our second visit today. Last week, on our first visit, Nate had an active allergy episode, so she prescribed meds and gave specific skin care instructions.

I am happy that the episode is resolving. Today, the doctor noted remarkable improvement of his skin – smoother and more hydrated than last week.

And here is better news: we got the green light to re-introduce freshwater fish, egg yolks and white chicken meat! *wooohooo*

Of course I will be doing this gradually – one type of food at a time; observe for 3 days; if no flare-up, proceed to next food item.

I am so glad things are looking better, and I found a doctor who is working with me and Nate to manage his atopic dermatitis.

Let’s see in a couple of weeks when we go back for another follow-up with the doc. I hope by then, I would have successfully re-introduced fish, chicken and egg yolks to Nate. Wish us luck! 🙂