All posts filed under: Food

New meds, same old problems…

It is just over a week since I have been on my new HIV meds. The change was to help with not having to have a specific number of calories to eat with taking them. That has helped, but now I have to remember to take the tablet within 30 minutes of food: any amount of food. And I keep forgetting. So that is why I am about to make some toast and jam. Advertisements

Change of meds…

Eviplera to Stribild Today I am making the change from Eviplera to a newer drug which is four-in-one called Stribild. It is made up of four drugs: elvitegravir which is a type of antiretroviral called an integrase inhibitor; conicistat a “pharmacokinetic enhancer” which boosts levels of elvitegravir within the body, but has no activity against HIV; emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil which are both antiretrovirals known as nucleotide/nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) or “nukes”. A problem I had with taking Eviplera was that I kept failing to get the calorific quantity of food I needed with it, but Stribild has the benefit that it has no specific type or amount of food needed. The suggestion is to have it with a snack, or within 30 minutes of a main meal. Blood results As I tweeted earlier (from the clinic): Results from 24Nov15. – VL undetectable. CD4 333. — John [HIVBlogger] (@HIVBlogger) December 8, 2015 the results from my bloods done on 24 November 2015 were that my CD4 count was 333, and my Viral Load continues …

Baking again…

There is nothing so homely as coming home to the smell of freshly-baked goods. In the last few weeks Andrew has been baking and cooking more, so today it is my turn. Chocolate cake I knew we had flour, sugar, and butter at home, so I bought some eggs whilst in the city centre this afternoon. I came home, and got the Kenwood Chef out, with its metal bowl and K-beater. Then got the ingredients and the copy of All in the Cooking that we bought yesterday. 4oz sugar 4oz butter 5oz flour (self-raising) 2 eggs flavouring (Cocoa) Creamed the sugar and butter, added the eggs one at a time, and a little flour, then added the flour in gradually, and whisked until it as of a dropping consistency. Transferred to a pre-heated oven, 160 degress Centigrade, and baked for half-an-hour. It is now resting in the tin before being turned out. Chicken wrapped in bacon Usually it has been Andrew doing the cooking, but perhaps I will be ok with chicken breast fillets wrapped …

Over thirty years of experience and it’s a schoolboy error that delays my day!

With a hospital appointment clashing with the funeral of a friend, today was not the day for further delays to happen during a routine appointment at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Sadly, a simple schoolboy error ended up winding me up. At least I don’t have to return for six months…

low carbs? anyone got any recipes?

Well you may remember that a few weeks ago my GP recommended that I try for a low white carbs diet. I’ve not been terribly successful at this over the last few weeks – mainly due to some stress over Andrew’s job. However, yesterday, we resolved together to try to make it work. So, if anyone has any recipes for such a diet? I’d be pleased to hear from you. If you are happy for me to re-post them on here, please indicate in the form below!

Thinking about what I eat… advice from the GP.

I have never been overweight before – in fact quite the opposite, so finding out this morning that I weigh 14 stone 11 pounds was a bit of a shock today. Something needs to be done. At least we know that there is a cause – my antidepressant, Mirtazapine causes craving of Carbs – and now that I know this, I can start to think a bit more seriously about what I eat. According to my GP, white carbs are bad. So out goes the white toast, oodles of mashed potato, sugar, white rice etc, and of course sweets. In comes brown bread, not as much mashed potato, fruit, and see where I go from there. I have signed up to MyFitnessPal online and I’ll see how I get on with that. Looks like a Food Diary and an Exercise Diary will be needed each day – and actually completed. And I am sure that the Recipes page will start getting used a bit more… Talking of Exercise, Andrew and I have both been pointed in the …

Three o’clock and no food – not the thing to do.

Some days I eat plenty, and other days I don’t. Today is definitely one of the latter. I’ve got plenty done. We – our cleaner and me – have got quite a lot done. washing up done (cleaner) hoovering done (cleaner) washing put away (both of us) Cloak room started to be sorted (both of us) And I have been trying to sort out Google+ and other apps to make my life easier. All in all, a busy day, but I’ve not even managed to get a cup of coffee! Bad me. So now, I’m going to go downstairs and attempt to make a sandwich. Think I will have bread, cheese and ham and salad cream. No one makes them quite like my mum, but I suppose that is what being a grown up is like. When Andrew gets home he’s going to flip: there are coats all over the sofa – and we will need more food – but we can work on both of those later. Hope he’s not too tired from work.

Do we get to get your autograph now…?

It has been a goal for many months, indeed it has been a goal since I was diagnosed back in March 2009. Suffice to say the goal posts have moved now… but what happened in the Royal yesterday? Up at the HIV Clinic in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast it was great to see new faces,  a few old ones and ones that have been there most days that I have been up. New social worker With Corinne having retired in June, there was a new social worker who has been in post for some months, he was very pleased to meet me, and I was very glad to have met him. Now I know who is responsible, if I need to contact him, I can do so. I look forward to working with him in the future. BTW his name is George. Welcome back to the consultant My HIV consultant has been off on maternity leave for quite some time, and today was the first time that I had seen her since she has …