I still remember the first time I took Prednisone; it was quite an experience, to say the least. First, most of my pain and symptoms just seemed to magically disappear. Then, there was the euphoric buzz that made me feel like the Road Runner with Acme rocket-powered boots, after drinking a couple of cans of Red Bull. Last was the hunger–a hunger that I never experienced before in my life. I started to eat so much, that I felt like a Hobbit: first midnight snack, second midnight snack, and so on. (Don’t even get me started on how much I ate once I actually ‘woke up’ for the day!)
My weight gain was so immediate, that during my follow-up appointment my rheumatologist kindly suggested that I opt for healthy snacks, such as apples. And all I could think of in response was: are you kidding me…apples? Give me potato chips, give me cookies, give me ice cream, and give me pickles!
Fast-forward a few weeks, and I quickly realized that I had to come up with a better action plan for future prednisone tapers, when it came to snacking. And even though I haven’t done a prednisone taper in almost a year (last time around, I reached a point where I was really concerned about the withdrawal symptoms that I experienced), should I need to do so again in the future, these are the two things I will get ready the day before I take my first dose, just as I’ve done so many times in the past.
Presto 04830 PowerPop Microwave Multi-Popper
Okay, I remember a time when “healthy” popcorn meant air-popped popcorn…and no matter how much I tried to pretend that it tasted good, it didn’t. This microwave popper solves that problem. Even without butter or oil, the popcorn it makes is both tasty and healthy. Additional benefit: once you calculate the per-serving cost, it’s much less expensive than traditional microwaveable bags of popcorn.
When I’m in a taper, I can never eat too much jello. I prefer the type from the box, with real sugar. (I don’t like artificial sweeteners; it’s a taste thing.) Here’s an interesting bit of trivia: nine boxes of Jell-o are sold every second in the U.S. Additional benefit: if you’re missing the alcohol, due to all of the medicines you’re currently taking, with a little imagination you can pretend you’re downing jello shots!
What tricks do you use to keep off the prednisone pounds?
Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis!