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Sample Daily Diet - For those with ZERO energy

If you are thinking about your diet then you are right to be concerned about nutrition.  When we are feeling exhausted and ill with POTS it is sometimes very hard to spend any precious energy on more than just rolling over in bed.  But nutrition is what can make us stronger along with exercise.  I am on a high-salt, nutritious diet at about 2,000 calories per day and into my thrid week of watching what I eat I am feeling better already.  I also burn about 300 calories on exercise (recumbent cycle, or rower).  Frequent meals, 5 or 6 per day, I find works best with my POTS

If it helps, here is one sample diet that's pretty easy to prepare by someone with zero energy:

Breakfast
3/4 cup 1% cottage cheese w/ half tsp salt
1 cup berries (use frozen, pre-washed when really pooped)
slice of whole grain bread
1 cup of veggie cocktail

snack
apple, 3/4 cup cottage cheese w/half tsp salt

lunch
2cups salad veggies (no corn, peas or squash), 4 oz tuna, chicken, fish
2 tbsp low fat dressing w/1 tsp salt
1 cup veggie cocktail

snack
low fat cheese stick, 20 salted almonds, 1 cup organic chicken broth heated in a mug in microwave, 2 whole grain crackers

dinner
2 cups salad veggies, 4 oz protein (example - steamed beans with 1/2 boneless chicken breast done in micro with a salty seasoning on top, make a whole club pack of chicken this way and toss them in baggies in the freezer to retrieve when needed)

snack
3/4 cup 1% cottage cheese w/half tsp salt, veggie cocktail

3 litres of water has been recommended to me as well.  If you're going to increase your salt intake don't forget to check with your doctor.

2 comments:

  1. My doc likes to joke that if I can taste my food over my salt then I'm not having enough! Oh she's sooooo funny.

    Have you tried miso soup in the morning? It packs a salt wallop that I find good on bad mornings. Bit of an acquired taste though.

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  2. Miso is very tasty. I am cookiing the eggwhite omelette with Euro Greens about 3x per week and adding a tsp of salt now. I think I may alternate that with miso and greens! It's funny how your taste buds get used to so much salt, I find that it doesn't taste as strong as it did before. (thanks goodness!)

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