June 1st, 2002
Written by: Schwarz, Shelley Peterman
Real Living with Multiple Sclerosis
Living (and Eating) Light Dear Readers,
It seems that, no matter what time of year it is, we're trying to shed a few unwanted pounds. When MS is a part of your life, it can be more difficult to "exercise off extra weight. Here are some easy tips that I've received to reduce calories without depriving yourself of the foods you enjoy:
Salad dressings are often loaded with fat and calories. If you're at a restaurant that doesn't offer a low- or no-fat dressing, ask the wait staff to bring your salad dressing on the side. Then dip the tines of your fork into the dressing and then into your salad. Save even more fat and calories by using the same technique with your baked potato and sour cream.
Replace the teaspoon in your sugar bowl with an infant's feeding spoon. It holds half the amount of a regular teaspoon.
Use a small dinner plate; it will appear that your plate is full even though it holds less. Purchase 10" plastic-coated dinner plates at a paper goods store. They're reusable and will help cut down on the portions you're eating.
Serve food portions from the stove. Don't serve meals family-style where the serving plate is brought to the table; it's too easy to serve yourself additional servings.
While you're cooking and cleaning up at mealtime, keep a piece of chewing gum in your mouth. You won't nibble or snack as much.
You'll use less margarine, butter, or peanut butter if you spread it on a slightly cooled piece of toast. If you spread the topping on the hot toast, it'll soak in so quickly you'll need more to cover the whole surface.
Use no-fat or low-fat salad dressing, salsa, or picante sauce as toppings on baked potatoes. -Shelley
If you need lightweight eating utensils, try using plastic forks and spoons.
If you walk with crutches, wear a T-shirt or sweatshirt with kangaroo pockets (large pockets on the front of a garment). Use the pockets to carry an unopened can of pop and other items from one place to another.
If you have trouble fitting plastic wrap tightly around a microwave container, try putting the food in a cereal bowl. Then, set a saucer on top of the bowl.
Oven Mitt Gloves
When I recently broke a finger and had to wear a large metal splint, I used an oven mitt as a glove to protect my hand from the cold.
Sip Your Food
I have trouble bending my neck, so whenever I eat soup or cereal, I put the food in a mug. Then I can bring the food up to my mouth without a problem.
_Sallie Mae Hill
Keep a small flashlight handy in the kitchen. Use it to see into the back of deep cupboards and cabinets.
_ Lyn Pierce
Recycle plastic bags and use them to protect your hands from coming in contact with household cleaning products. The wide opening works well for people who find it difficult to put on rubber gloves.
If a raised toilet seat makes using the bathroom easier, it might be
helpful to purchase a portable device that attaches easily to any toilet
and adjusts to the necessary height. Put the portable seat in a tote bag
so when you visit friends, family, or go to doctor or dental appointments
you can safely and easily use any commode. These portable toilet seats
can be found where medical equipment or supplies are sold.
© 2002 Real Living with Multiple Sclerosis