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Hello again brothers,

I'm now in early middle age. So, I can't eat like I used to. I was trying though, my body said 'stop now or die painfully'.

For the last six months or so. I had chronic pain in my kidney area. Sometimes it would be less for a week or so. Then it would be more accute, so on and so forth. 

All of last week, I was eating a ton of salty stuff. I was being lazy and ordering out. I was eating ramen noodles, at least once a day. When I got off of work I'd go to 7-11 and get a hot dog instead eating a bowl of cereal at home. Dumb shit essentially.

I wake up early about 5 days ago. I go for a walk to buy stuff for the day. I'm getting moderate exercise, but I'm dehydrating myself because I haven't been drinking enough water for the last 2 weeks or so.

I get home and almost immediately. It feels like a prize fighter just whacked both kidneys. I can barely stand up. When I lie down the pain is a little less. When I sit up or move around. Both sides just start blasting me with pain.

I'm thinking to myself, 'oh fuck, I really fucked up.' I immediately check the internet for diagnosis for these symptoms. To see if I should go to the emergency room.

Turns out I've got kidney stones so far as I can tell. I haven't gone to the doctor because my medical insurance got bounced out. Because of reduced work hours. 

I'll be posting more on this thread tonight. I'm breaking this post up for continuities' sake. So if anyone wants to post responses please wait until I've finished posting. 

Thanks and God Bless

 


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After reading about 4 different websites on non medical kidney stone treatment. When I say non medical, I mean I didn't go to a doctor and get medicine pills to feel better about my condition.

I figured try the home remedy stuff first. If the pain is still really bad a week later. I'd better go to the doctor.

For now, I'm drinking 3 liters of water a day minimum. 6 cups of that water is filled with fresh squeazed lemon juice. 1 cup is apple cider vinegar and water. It's fucking disgusting, I did to myself so I got to take my medicine. And stop being a baby.

I've cut out all sugar, and salt from my diet. I'll be doing that at least until April. That means no more booze. No more eating out. No more canned anything. No prepackaged snacks. I essentially have to prepare everything I eat myself.

I'll next be posting my personal theories. My status now. As well as recipes and my internal reasonings behind them. 

God Bless Brothers


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My status, the pain I have now is like 10 percent of what it was 5 days ago. I've got more consistent energy that I have had for around the last year or so. That's the good.

The annoying. I'm pissing like every hour now though. Even during my sleep time. I wake up at least 4 times to pee. At work, I pee 5 or 6 times. When I'm home and it's actually awake time. I pee sometimes every 30 minutes. Number 2 hurts when going. Butt 😂😂😂, the internal pain significantly decreases about 2 hours later compounded. What I mean is, each day the chronic pain is a little less.

Next, I'll post my theories, and the reasonings as to why it's relatively easy to wind up in this particular situation. 

Kidney stones are very common in adult men. I think it's a significant mitigating factor in early death for us.

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My theory.

The human body from 2-25 years of age. Is at peak efficiency. A person can eat and drink pretty much anything. Then the body will efficiently dispose of what it can't use.

An example that's amusing to me. Is when I went to fast food restaurants. I'm referring to the pre-landwhale epidemic.

A kid who got moderatly balanced nutrition at home. Mixes every flavor of soda at the fountain. Gets a giant super size whatever meal. Eats all of it, and has almost zero negative effects. Other than being louder and hyper as hell until the parent shuffles them out of the restaurant.

Again I'm referring to pre-landwhale epidemic.

Now, men in general over produce, then contract out what is improbable for us. An example would be a man working 6 days a week. 8-12 hours a day. That's over production.

Then either buying food from a restaurant or having the wife prepare food in advance. That's contracting out the improbable.

In the US. The first ethnic community to eat at restaurants a lot. Were Chinese immigrant men. Those guys would come to the US without their wife and kids. Work 7 days a week. Then pay to bring the family over here. It's a clear example of over production and contracting out the improbable.

Now, in the mass production age. Salt and processed suger. Are the cheapest and most abundant food preservatives. Salt and sugar are also more difficult to efficiently process with advancing age. 

So, men like myself kick the can down the road. When presented with the option of sleeping another hour or so. Then buy a hot dog and coffee 5 minutes before arriving at work. I'd choose the hot dog and coffee everytime. That's clearly a bad long term solution.

I also think every person, has a preprogrammed early death landmine genetically present at birth. Kidney stone complications, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol heart attacks, etc.

So, when 20 or so guys are working in the same location. The guy who hasn't hit his landmine, let's say high cholesterol heart attack is his. Works his ass off. With little repercussions, and drinks like a fish. Every other guy, thinks he's in the same boat. Most guys think to themselves 'Larry's just a little bit fat. Yet he's always nursing a hangover. He's 55, I'm only 52, I'll be fine. Eating half of a chocolate cake during lunch time.'

Yet, the guy assuming the above, has the type 2 diabetes landmine. So, now he's dealing with insulin for the rest of his life.

That's my basic theory. Next, I'll post my recipes and my internal reasonings behind them. Hopefully, if one of you guys are in a similar situation. You'll enjoy a recipe, and make a habit of eating that instead of the landmine food.

God Bless Brothers

 


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For now, and probably the rest of my life. The easiest place for me to cheat. Will be in the snack area. So, I figure I'll tackle that first. 

God blessed us humans, with fresh fruit to snack on. The downside of fruit. Is that each fruit has an annoyance that comes with it. 

Cherries are tiny and have seeds you have to spit out somewhere. Oranges have a peel that makes your hands sticky. Apples have a stem at the top, and a seed filled center you can't easily eat. Lemons have acid that dries your hands out.

Man- made snacks have an air sealing wrapper. That's easily thrown out. Or a handy resealing side where you can grab like 5 cookies the reseal it. So easy, yet so full of difficult to process preservatives. What an easy can to kick down the road. 

So my compromise, is to only snack on fruit that directly counteracts kidney stone production. That fruit would be an orange. I've now got around 2 weeks worth of oranges on hand. When I'm hungry, but not at the cooking level hungry. I compromise with an orange.

Recipes to follow.

God bless brothers


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Vinaigrette recipe

1 cup of vinegar

2/3 cup of oil

2 tablespoons of chopped garlic

Some lemon juice 

Shake well before use. Can be left at room temperature for a long time and still be good.

Recipe websites will give more stuff to add to the vinaigrette. Vinaigrette is basically oil and vinegar mixed. At the above ratio. I keep out salt from mine of course.

Vinaigrette is now my main meal flavor addition. It's quite a versatile flavor enhancer.

For example cook some pasta. Add some of the vinaigrette. You've now got pasta salad. Pasta salad can last in the refrigerator for days. 

My thoughts on pasta. Spaghetti is a trap pasta. I'll give my reasons. Spaghetti and angel hair. Don't play well with other ingredients. You essentially have sauce and noodles. Then something next to it. That something next to it, takes time to prepare as well. So when cutting corners. Spaghetti and sauce stays. The efficient to digest side dish goes. Pasta makes you feel full longer. Yet it's not particularly high in vitamins and other good stuff your body needs to function well.

Macaroni, orzo, rigatoni, those pastas play well with others. You can mix an almost limitless group of stuff with it, leave it all in the same container in the fridge. It'll still be good 3 days later. That's probably 6 meals where you only have to cook once. Pretty efficient time use. Also, when pasta is on sale at the super market. All types are on sale. So I ignore the trap pastas.

More recipes to follow.

God bless brothers 

 

 

 

 


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Salad, in my opinion. I think of salad like a mother ship and fighter aircraft. The mother ship container has the basic ingredients. Put the ingredients in a smaller container then add the salad dressing. In this instance vinaigrette. My basic salad has 3 ingredients, I like to keep it simple. Lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumber. 

Those 3 ingredients when mixed will keep in the fridge for 2 days. It's also really fast to prepare. 

Salad does have a downside though. You can eat a lot of it. Then be hungry 1 hour later. So when eating it. I think of it as in between an orange and a full meal. I'd fool myself if I think it'll be enough for a main meal.

More recipes follow.

God bless

 


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Fresh meat.

I've always been a well done type of man. I also don't like to be in the kitchen for more than an hour cooking. So, I mix my vegetables and meat in the same cooking vessel. To cut down on cooking time. 

The happy medium for me. Is understanding different cooking times for different ingredients. As well as ingredient moisture content. For cooking purposes.

I seer the meat brown first. That seals in the spice flavoring, then allows for well done in the center of the meat. Using the other higher liquid content ingredients added after the meat is seeded to steam the meat into the well done category.

A common recipe for myself. Is that I'll brown about 1/2 pound of red meat. While already having 1 onion pre chopped. 

Once the meat is browned I add the onion. The onion releases it's liquid, and caramelize relatively quickly. Thereby starting the steaming effect to thoroughly cook the meat into the center. I'll usually add minced garlic as well. 

Next, I'll chop and add a more liquid rich vegetable to the pot. Celery is quick to chop and clean, it also doesn't have a powerful flavor. So the liquid reduction through steaming leaves the garlic flavor to concentrate. Frozen vegetables are also liquid rich. It's prechopped, so in a few seconds you no longer have to worry about burning the ingredients for the next 10 minutes or so. Then I add fresh chopped cabbage. Then about 4 oz. of water. Put the lid on the whole thing.

About 15 minutes after the cabbage goes in. The entire mixture is ready to eat. It's flavorful, and best of all can keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, if you don't eat it all the first day 😉.

My last recipe will be mashed roots.

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Mashed roots, 'what crazy kitchen quackery is old Narrow getting at?'

Well, the answer is that nearly every root vegetable is mashable after a certain amount of time steaming. Potatoes of course, carrots mash too, beets also mash. I'm not a fan of beets though, the skin is to much of a pain to peel. When the most dense root is butter soft. The whole batch is ready to mash up. 

My personal recipe. 

4 large potatoes peeled

8 medium carrots peeled

1/4 stick of unsalted butter

2 oz. Milk

2 big spoons of sour cream

A steamer is one of your best friends in the kitchen. It's also very efficient and quick. When utilized properly.

Step 1 put water in pot the turn on heat to high.

Step 2 chop and peel root vegetables. As chopped and peeled throw into steamer insert on top of the heat.

Step 3 when all the root vegetables are chopped and peeled for your recipe. Put top on steamer. Wait at maximum 30 minute. 

After step 3 your ingredients should be done. Unless you were cheap with putting the water in the pot. Then you have burnt flavored vegetables. 30 minutes is max time after lid is on pot. I learned that the hard way many times, while drunk watching dumbtube videos. 😂😂😂

Then mash the roots with butter and other dairy goodness. 

Next post is my closing thoughts

God bless brothers

 


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Every kitchen should have these two cooking apparatus at least.

A 6-8 quart stockpot with steamer insert.

A 3-4 quart pot, steamer insert is optional.

Many cooking shows you see on PBS, or BBC. Are designed to sell cookware in bulk sets. Those chefs use way too many specialty pots and pans. 

More pots and pans mean more cleaning for the independent man. More cleaning leads to more cheating. More cheating leads to worse health.

Anything you see fried in a pan. Can be fried in a 3-4 quart pot. If you use iron cookware. Those pots can easily be transferred to the oven after the stove work is done.

In a 6-8 quart pot with steamer insert. You can make pasta, and whatever vegetables, and many meats in the same apparatus. Cleaning is way easier.

You really only need 2 utensils. A large sharp knife, and a non metal spatula.

Flatware can pick up the rest of the slack. For under 150 bucks you can have a fully function kitchen set.  Bowls and plates included.

If you're interested in cooking. Dumbtube has a million different 5-10 cooking videos. After you watch enough videos, and make enough mistakes, and successes. You'll be very confident in your cullinary skill.

I've laid out as much information description as I can. Mostly, because I want to show off.😏😏😏 Seriously though, it's because I don't know exactly where you guys' level is. So I figure be as thorough and plain speaking as possible.

This health failure has made me look at life in a new perspective. I believe that even in bad circumstance, God's grace will show you good opportunities. We're peculiar people, zealous for good works.

God bless brothers

 

Pleas comment as I'm done with my mega post.


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Have you heard about those new pills that they are peddling all over the place nowadays? I'm sorry that I can't remember the name of them - although the adverts seem pretty convincing. I think its 3 tablets a day for the veg supplement and 3 tablets a day for the fruit supplement.

I'm woefully short on fruit and veg - I was just wondering if anybody thought that they'd be any good for people like Narrow Road and myself?

Perhaps Xanthine might read this and let us know his thoughts?

Maybe it IS cheating - but I really, really like short cuts.

THREE CHEERS FOR SHORT CUTS......... 


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Tell me about. I like shortcuts too. That's why I got the damn kidney stones. 


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The biggest cause for Kidney stones isn't sugar. It is Dairy, particularly cheese. Pushing acids through the blood is a good idea I recommend unsweetened cranberry juice. Of course this might not be kidney stones--it could a kidney infection--you mentioned dehydration and THAT may result in a kidney infection. (I know I've had this happen twice). 


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Mega post Narrow. 🙂 

I was told by my Doctor (when I was having indegestion problems) that I might need my gal bladder out! I searched online and found a recipe for a gal bladder/liver flush. I was later found to have helicobacter pylori infection. The indegestion still popped up now and again though.

Anyway, the flush. Epsom salts every four hours before bed but after a liquid lunch. Pint of olive oil with citrus fruit before bed.

The next day the heavens keep opening and lots of cholesterol stones are purged.

The oil softens them, the epsom salts allow easy exit. Can't remember what the citrus was for though. Really felt good.

There might be one out the for a kidney flush?


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That is sound advice from ID


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Mega post Narrow. 🙂 

I was told by my Doctor (when I was having indigestion problems) that I might need my gal bladder out! I searched online and found a recipe for a gal bladder/liver flush. I was later found to have helicobacter pylori infection. The indigestion still popped up now and again though.

Anyway, the flush. Epsom salts every four hours before bed but after a liquid lunch. Pint of olive oil with citrus fruit before bed.

The next day the heavens keep opening and lots of cholesterol stones are purged.

The oil softens them, the epsom salts allow easy exit. Can't remember what the citrus was for though. Really felt good.

There might be one out there for a kidney flush?

Just correcting a few spelling errors from the previous reply, my bad.


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Thanks for all the good advice gentlemen. I'm way better than when I first posted. 

I think it was the vinegar water that did the trick. I cook for myself a lot more now. That keeps most of the symptoms at bay. 

God bless guys


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@narrow-road

Good to know you're feeling better!

Stick to your new heathy habits! They'll pay off in the long run!

Cheers!


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