Every so often questions and comments come from readers that I think others would like to hear my response to. That’s when I feature them on the blog. This is one of those days. Today’s questions and comments are coming from the comment section.
Pat said, “Jo, After reading the menu, I am concerned that spinach is on it…isn’t spinach high in iodine? You try to hard to do everything perfectly, I am surprised that a low iodine diet would include spinach. Maybe I’m wrong…I think it’s wonderful that you are on top of this appt stuff…so many aren’t able. You’ll be in my prayers!“
Oh my. Thank you for saying something Pat. If you’ve been following along my cancer journey and my treatment (read about it HERE) you know I have to be on a low iodine diet as part of my treatment. I am concerned about what I can eat while I am hospitalized. I asked for a menu so I could make a plan for food.
I was sent this…
I Googled it and this is what came up.
“Spinach, soya beans, turnip, beet, courgette, baked beans, and garlic are vegetables rich in iodine. These vegetables can also be consumed as a source of vitamins and antioxidants.”
UGH. This is so frustrating to me. Why would they have spinach on the list of approved foods? I think I am going to trash their menu and bring my own food. I just don’t trust it. Maybe I’m overreacting but I want the very best chance of this working. I don’t want to screw something up over spinach!!
I don’t know if I showed you the note that accompanied the “approved menu”.
“If you can’t read the note is says, “Hi Jo, This is menu from Mayo Jacksonville, however Mayo Rochester does have similar menu but wasn’t able to print.”
Okay…I was talking to my daughter Kayla. We were all okay with Cheerios (name brand version) being acceptable from place to place…but I feel a little uncomfortable with Graham Crackers without a trademark all being okay. I feel like each company has a slightly different menu so how do I know what company is making them? UGH.
So…with that all in mind, I think I am going to pack some of my own food. I will order Chipotle for suppers through DoorDash. How frustrating.
I know it’s technically a low iodine and not a NO iodine diet but still…I don’t want to mess this up over simple things.
Many thanks for bringing this to my attention Pat.
“My daughter and grandson have severe dairy allergies but fortunately now there are many plant-based alternatives. We have to buy dairy-free butter, sour cream, cream cheese, many varieties of cheese, soy, oat, almond and coconut milk, and dairy-free yogurt. There are so many non-dairy products now compared to ten years ago. Good luck with your treatments.
This is SO TRUE!! I bought one coconut milk alternative yogurt and it’s very good!! When I did the diet that first time in 2016 there weren’t many choices at all!!
Another thing about my diet…I can eat Uncrustables. A blog reader, Charlotte, told me all the ins and outs of them.
“Just an FYI, Uncrustables won’t keep if they are only kept cold. They must be kept frozen. They’re designed to thaw out in about 1/2 hr and if left to sit the jelly will seep through the bread. The ones that are defrosted in the cooler will end up with very hard bread, and I mean really hard. The same thing can happen if they thaw too much between the store and home. I buy them often.”
“Some years ago you wrote about a pair of gardening gloves.
You were very pleased with them. I ordered a pair and also
loved them. Somehow those beloved gloves disappeared! I had some
medical issues & periodically would look for them. Still no gloves. If
possible would would you please send me the information I need
to order more. Read your email every morning. Love it!
I tried them before and they got hard…now I know why. THANKS. It’s helpful information.
I love these gloves. I garden a lot and wear them all the time. Mine lasted 4 1/2 years. I ordered another pair in purple.
You can find them HERE.
Bonnie said, “What type of thyroid cancer? I had medullary. 35 radiation treatments. No chemo. U got this gf!”
For anyone else wondering. My cancer is follicular thyroid cancer. There are several different kinds. Although mine is hard on me, it is not known to be inherited. For that, I am so thankful. Papillary is inherited.
Many people commented on how useful the wool applique mat appears to be. YES. I’ve used it several times since I wrote about it. I’m in love and highly endorse it. You can read the whole post about the mat HERE.
About the mat, Kathy wrote:
“The right tools will make the job much easier and so enjoyable“
This is so true. The right tools are priceless. I think too often we take simple things like cutting out a quilt with a rotary cutter for granted. I can’t help but ask myself, how many quilts would I actually make if I had to cut them out with scissors?
I’m so excited about the mat that I’m even contemplating trying fabric applique. I keep thinking about how much this revolutionized wool applique for me. There has to be some method or tool out there that might make me latch onto fabric applique…Hmm.
The right tools really do make things so much easier. Thanks for the reminder Kathy that it’s okay to spend a little money to make things easier and more enjoyable.
That’s all I have for you this time around. Thanks so much for writing in the comment section. It makes the blog fun for me!