If you could get all the nutrition you needed in a day with a pill — no worrying about what to eat, no food preparation — would you do it?
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I take a number of medications that dull the appetite. Some of these medications are to regulate my depression. Another is an anti-seizure medication that helps to keep my migraine headaches at bay. This medication really suppresses my appetite. I have cut back on it as much as I can and yet have it work to stop the headaches. I’ve finally found the dosage that works on the headaches but doesn’t make me really dizzy. But it still suppresses my appetite.
So I don’t have much of an appetite. I have to force myself to eat. It’s a chore to plan to eat and to eat a healthy diet. Last month I got a call from my kidney specialist that my potassium levels were too low and he wanted me to add foods that were high in potassium to my diet. So in addition to “eating healthy,” I now had to add potassium-high foods to snack on. I constantly feel stuffed. I feel uncomfortable. I have lost quite a bit of weight over the past year. Some of it was intentional; I wanted to lose some. But now I don’t want to lose anymore. My kidney doctor has told me that he doesn’t want my weight to drop anymore. It’s a struggle to keep my weight constant.
That being said, a pill that would provide all my nutritional needs would be very welcome. I wouldn’t have to worry about eating the proper amount and the proper things. Just taking a pill would be great. I would miss eating food, of course, and would like to have a nice steak dinner on occasion. I’d like to have a basket of raspberries. And a banana. And chocolate. But I wouldn’t have to worry if I was eating enough green, leafy vegetables. Or fruit. Or getting enough protein. Or too much. Or that I was eating enough food. Things that I have to worry about now.
A pill seems like an easy way out, but it would be a good way of ensuring that I would be getting my nutritional needs met. I would probably still try to eat healthy but the pill would help me make sure that if I slipped up, I would still be healthy. I remember my daughter saying to me when I told her I had to eat more foods that were high in potassium, “Isn’t there a pill you can take for that?” No, there isn’t. But there should be. Even vitamins don’t give you are the nutrition you need. I take vitamins, iron, vitamin D. And I still have to eat high-potassium foods. And maybe someday I’ll take a nutritionally potent pill.