Have you ever taken prednisone?
It's a steroid, and it has all sorts of horrible side effects.
One of the most common side effects is bloating and weight gain. In part, prednisone makes you gain weight because it dramatically increases hunger.
The key word in the above sentence being dramatically.
When I was rushed to the emergency room of our local hospital due to a severe (and completely preventable) allergic reaction, I was given massive doses of prednisone to save my life.
I appreciate that ….!
Yes, I really do.
On the other hand, you can't stop taking prednisone cold turkey. Since I was put on such a massive dose, I have to be very slowly, gradually, weaned off of it.
Over the course of about six weeks.
Six weeks of feeling jittery, nervous, not sleeping (ugh!), having my *girly* cycle all effed up, along with numerous other unpleasant side effects in addition to being ravenously hungry.
I'm not a toothpick thin woman to start with. I'm curvy. I do (normally) eat fairly healthy foods – after all I'm a born and bred Californian and health is important here.
If it's edible, it's fair game.
I'm not allowed to exercise for two months.
Can you say recipe for disaster?
I might have eaten the couch the other day, things are THAT bad.
PR came home from school one afternoon and pulled out a brand new carton of chocolate chip ice cream from the freezer. He opened it up, looked inside and said matter of factly, "Wow, Mom you really did some damage to this!"
I had a momentary flashback of holding the carton on my lap and eating directly from it as fast as I could with a spoon.
"Is there any left?" I queried as he scurried away with the carton.
I rarely ever even think about ice cream – what has happened to me?
Last weekend I woke up and made a loaf of banana bread. Two big slices, warm from the oven, were delicious with my morning coffee. I followed it up in the afternoon by making a dinner of meatloaf, creamy mashed potatoes, and provencal vegetables. I ate hearty portions of everything.
By hearty, I mean about three times more than I normally eat.
It was delicious, by the way.
Everything sounds good to me, and even if it doesn't sound good – I'm starving give it to me anyway! To give you an idea, even when I was pregnant with my kids, I never ate as much as I have been lately.
It's like the worst case of PMS induced hunger, imaginable.
I can't seem to stop myself.
In an attempt to have some semblance of control, I've tried filling the house with healthy things to choose from. I snack on baby carrots and hummus, or crisp gala apples.
The problem is, I'm still eating large quantities.
If it's edible and it's within five miles of me, it's fair game – healthy or not.
I'm currently a prednisone-influenced out of control eater.
It's easy to say "Well, just stop eating."
It's easy to say that, that is, if you've never been on massive quantities of prednisone.
Don't mess with me and my food, ya hear?
** Posts about dieting to follow, sometime in January **
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