The Most Stylish Paleo Eater in the World

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So I know that this actually has got nothing to do with having ITP – but here at my house at the moment there has been a lot of talk about Paleo in our kitchen.  After stumbling across an old interview from 1952 where Marilyn Monroe spoke about her oddly Paleo eating habits.

“I’m sure that I couldn’t allow myself this indulgence were it not that my normal diet is composed almost totally of protein foods.”

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Pt One – How to Host an ITP Awareness Day

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In the lead up to this years ITP Awareness Day, September 26th (Yes , yes we know it is technically the official day for America not Australia – Don’t be a party pooper!  Australia doesn’t have a day yet ) we are getting a little excited.  ITP and Me have been doing a little bit of party planning and want to share a few helpful tips to make sure you have the best ITP Awareness day EVER!

Firstly, Drinks

What to serve those thirsty guests who have come all the way to your ITP Awareness day party, only to arrive dehydrated and looking for something to sip on as the mingle with your guests?  It is important to always give all your guests a prop or something they can play with while they are in the company of strangers.  It is all about making people feel relaxed and hydrated.

We suggest serving a very dark bloody juice, to get people talking.  After a few experiments in the juice department this one looks like the crowd favourite.  I have written before about the benefits of drinking juice here, Juicing – The Best Explaination and now it is time to put that into practice at your very own ITP awareness a party.

IVIG Beetroot Juice

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  1. 3 carrots
  2. 3 strawberries
  3. a beetroot
  4. an orange or lemon
  5. ginger to taste

This IVIG Beetroot Juice will actually be very beneficial for any guests who have ITP.  Ginger is a great anti-inflammatory and contains minerals that are good for the heart such as magnesium and copper.  Oranges are packed with Vitamin C and you’ll get lots of Vitamin A and K from the Carrots and Beetroots; along with a dash of anti oxidants from the strawberries.  For my favorite juicer, I can’t go past the cold press, slow masticating juicer I have at home.  Yummy!

Sangria

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  1. bottle of red wine
  2. bottle of lemonade
  3. cup of orange juice
  4. chopped fruit to serve.

Sangria is one of the easiest cocktails you can make for a party and is perfect for lots of guests.  You can make a big batch of it in a jug and let people help themselves.  It is also easy to quickly made a bit more in case you run out, just have the garnish fruit chopping in the fridge and ready to go.

 

More to come…

Over the next three weeks, we will be posting more handy tips about decorating your house for the party, which fun foods to serve and how to provide some quality entertainment for your ITP Awareness Day.  We may even throw in a few ways that you could raise awareness and perhaps even some money for ITP Awareness.  Stay tuned for Part Two.

Salt and Prednisone

Salt and Prednisone

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Prednisone may cause sodium (salt) and fluid retention, which can raise blood pressure and contribute to swelling.  The good thing is that, as you reduce the amount of salt you are consuming you will also reduce your taste for the salt and smaller amounts will taste stronger than before.

Fluid Retention

Most of us consume much more salt (sodium chloride) than our body needs. Normally, our kidneys keep our body in balance any excess salt is excreted in the urine. Prednisone causes sodium retention and potassium loss which may lead to fluid retention, weight gain, bloating and low blood potassium levels.   . It may be helpful to add high potassium foods such as bananas, citrus fruits, melons, and tomatoes to your diet.

High Blood Pressure

In some patients, this can cause high blood pressure or worsen a pre-existing condition. We suggest a no-added salt diet and avoidance of highly salted pre-packaged convenience foods.

Be sure that your blood pressure is checked regularly, perhaps every time your platelet count is checked.

Tips and Ideas for Cooking – Use fresh herbs whenever possible – Read food labels – You should be doing this anyway – Don’t add salt to your cooking – Remove the salt shaker from your table – For More help reducing Sodium in your diet, take at look at The Low Sodium Diet – The 101 best foods. It is available on Kindle for $3 AUD – Click here to Purchase

Drink more water.  Your body is retaining a lot more salt with the Pred and therefore will also retain a lot more fluid.  Feeling a bit fat?  Your probably are.  The best thing you can do is to teach you body, through habit that you will not let yourself go thirsty and you body will eventually trust you, knowing that more water is always coming and wont need to keep so much of an emergency store of it over your body.

It is important that you do actually keep up with drinking lots of water and to be reliable and consistent with it – Or your body just wont trust you and will try and solve the problem on its own.

Store your water in steal glass or aluminium bottle in your bag always.  Have a bottle of water at your desk.  Get rid of the plastic and go bpa free.