PredniSONE Skinless Chicken Breast, Appetite Suppressor, Carrot Sticks, Baked Salmon, Pop Juice
On prednisone for the second time in a year. Was on 1000mg in the hospital for a week, then down to 40mg as well as cyclophosphamide. 3 months later I'm at 7.5mg, tapering down to 5mg in two weeks and then 4mg, 3mg, 2mg, and then 1mg as I start on Imuran. Should be off the prednisone by August. ... more »
On prednisone for the second time in a year. Was on 1000mg in the hospital for a week, then down to 40mg as well as cyclophosphamide. 3 months later I'm at 7.5mg, tapering down to 5mg in two weeks and then 4mg, 3mg, 2mg, and then 1mg as I start on Imuran. Should be off the prednisone by August.
Both times that I've been on prednisone I've experienced absolutely no weight gain (despite a HUGE appetite), so I figured I would share my tips.
-Eat as much food that rich in protein and low in fat/simple carbs as you can. Some of my favourite meals are baked boneless skinless chicken breast (approx. 80 cal per 100g) with a side of steamed veggies. Green veggies are especially fibrous and complex, so they keep you full for a long time. The slow digestion of the protein and the greens (not to mention the fact that it's so low calorie that you CAN afford to eat more than a normal serving) keeps you satisfied for awhile. Baked salmon works well, too. If you really want some other carbs, try BROWN rice. The more fiber, the more full you'll be. Avoid white rice. It gets broken down immediately as sugar, and you're hungry soon after.
-Celery is great to munch on due to it's his cellulose content. Same with carrot sticks. These are basically "free" calories, so I munch on them pretty much all day long.
-Avoid pop, juice, and other drinks. Since you're extremely hungry, you'll want to eat all your daily alloted calories instead of wasting them on drinks.
-Green tea is an appetite suppressor.
-Whey protein shakes in the morning keep you very full. I live in Canada, so I get GNC's Whey Iso Burst with 40g of protein and less than 2g of fat and carbs. Mix with milk in the morning, or blend a banana/strawberries in it to mix it up. It honestly keeps me SO FULL until about 2pm. Plus, protein helps to build muscle since prednisone causes so much atrophy.
-Egg whites are 17 calories each and loaded with protein. Another "free food" to munch on.
-I love "meal salads." Spinach, vegetables, feta cheese, boneless skinless chicken breast or prawns. You can add TONS of spinach or lettuce, so you end up feeling really full.
-Substitute whole wheat at ALL TIMES. Pasta, bread, anything. Bleached products go right through you.
-Apples!! High in fiber, only 80 cal.
-For a treat I like Thinsations- prepackaged cookies and bars. I like "Delight Bars" in cheesecake flavour, and the yogurt-covered pretzels. Each packet is 100 calories. Also, for a treat try Skinny Cow individually packaged ice creams. 120 calories per individual cup. I love cheesecake flavour.
-Avoid mayonnaise and other like products. Since you're eating MORE of everything, the idea is to cut down on calories that don't fill you up. You'll be just as full with mustard, but with 100 less calories.
-Try to stick to three meals a day and 2 snacks in between. It's easier to watch how much you're eating if you stick to a schedule.
-Avoid eating out. Too many calories, too large of portions, and you'll end up finishing what you normally would have left behind.
-Protein bars are GREAT filling snacks. I like BioX Protein-32 in "Cookies and Cream" because it has 10g of fiber in addition to 32 grams of protein. Each bar is 320 calories, but if you break it in half it makes a great filling snack.
-Fat free cottage cheese is a great snack. One cup is 90 calories.
-Jello. 5 calories a cup. Eat away.
I know how much prednisone SUCKS!! We literally feel like we could eat EVERYTHING!! But the idea is to cut calories where you can since you're increasing the amount of food that you're consuming. It worked like a charm for me both times that I've been on prednisone. Best of luck!!