Monday, September 19, 2011
Today I visited my son's doctor to discuss his blood test results. Thanks God the results were good and my son lost 2 pounds. Now he only needs to lose 26 pounds.
We (including the Pediatrician) are very happy with my son's progress. During the last week we only gave him lean meat, fruits, vegetables, some corn flakes, natural peanut butter, a lot of water and fat-free milk. We are eating the same food. I am not eating nothing that my son cannot eat. That's my rule. If CJ cannot have it, then I will not have it.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
My heart is broken... Yesterday I took my son for his 3 years old check up. I was afraid that the Pediatrician would tell me that my son was close to be an overweight kid but I was not prepared for what he actually told me. He entered the room, greeted us and follow with "We have to stop this NOW. Your son is OBESE. As of today 09/12/2011 you will clean your pantry. NO bread, pizza, pasta, rice, sodas, candies, etc...." Then he followed explaining that if we do not take action NOW, my son will get diabetes in less than two year. After this, he just hit me with: "Mom, he was just fine until 18 months." After 18 months, I allowed my son to have pizza, sodas, popcorn, etc. etc. etc. My son weights 58 pounds, 28 more than he should.
As I heard the doctor talking, my mind was in my childhood times. I just could think that my story was repeating in my son. The Doctor asked me "Who is taking care of this kid? Is the grandmother, right? Yes, is my mom who takes care of my son. The same person that took care of me and allowed me to eat everything I wanted. Then he told me that the problem is that hispanic grandparents think that chubby kids are healthy kids. But we cannot blame this problem on her. My husband and myself have a lot to do with this too.
I feel I am responsible of my son's healthy status. I allowed my family to feed him with junk food. How it is possible that after all situation I have been in as an overweight child and obese adult, I did not take care of my son's eating habits. OMG, this is the worst feeling ever, I am killing our son with food.
The good thing out of this is that my husband finally understood that he cannot continue eating the stuff he was eating and bringing home all those cookies, donuts, sodas, etc. We had adopted a zero junk diet to help my son lose weight and be healthy. I followed the doctors instructions: Clean your pantry. After 3 big kitchen bags (and a almost empty pantry), I can say that we are in good direction. I have prepared a daily meals and exercise log to keep track of what my son is eating. Tomorrow I am taking my son for a extensive blood work. My son will be going to his doctor every month to follow up his progress.
I am still crying but I am think we will get him down to 30 pounds, where he should be for his age.
This is my son during his 3rd birthday celebration. The theme: M&Ms, his favorite candies...
Saturday, September 03, 2011
I have been wondering if it is worth the risk to take prescriptions to "cure or manage" our health problems. Wouldn't be safer to take a more natural approach to our health conditions? I know there are conditions that are severe but the prescriptions we are taking have some side effects that scare me.
Yesterday, a friend left work because she received a call telling her that her teenager tried to commit suicide. Thanks GOD there was an angel close to her and nothing bad happened. Her daughter has been under medical treatment for a neurological condition for more than 2 years now. This month the doctor has changed the medication 4 times. One of the side effects of the medication is that it "may cause suicidal thoughts". These are medications that she must take to control her health condition. I just pray God so she will be the happy and healthy girl she was.
When situations like this happen I think about how our great grandparents took care of their health. For example: Don't you dare to tell my grandmother that one of her grandchildren has ADHD because she will tell you "What he needs is a day with me and I will fix him" and believe me, she will... There were no pain or cold that she cannot cure with some plants and lemon. And if one of my uncles was having "behavioral problems" she will resolve it in a second.
I am not against science and doctors. But I believe that if we take a more natural approach, we could have better health and if we have a medical condition, we can manage it in a more effective way. I think that we sometimes see the prescriptions as the only way for a health condition and we may forget that the natural approach, maybe combined with the prescription, would be better.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Yesterday I received an urgent call from my niece. She was so exited because she had her first homework for the Nutrition course. As she was telling me the story and telling me "I want you to do this with me" I was thinking "Oh oh, this will be ugly... Nutrition class... mmm...
Well, she directed me to an online test about lifestyle habits. My results are:
My Biological age = 31.9 (My actual age is 33)
My Life expectancy = 89.3
My Healthy Life Expectancy = 75.9
My Accrued Years = 5.6
If I optimize my lifestyle, I could add 9.4 years to my life.
After I completed "my homework", I texted her the results. She couldn't believe that I got better results. As per the test, her biological age is 19.5 years but her actual age is 18. In form of joke a told her that my results are because I exercise and drink tea. The results of my test made me realize that, although I am far from my goal, the changes I have made to my diet, exercise routine, etc. are improving my life.
If you would like to take this test, go to the following link apps.bluezones.com/vitality/ . The website also has a "Happiness Test". I also took that test and I got a "C" .
Sunday, August 28, 2011
I woke up this morning at 5 a.m. because I wanted to go to IHOP for a breakfast. The problem is that I should not spend the money I have eating out or buying unnecessary stuff, and if I go to IHOP I know I would easily eat around 1,500 calories just for breakfast... Finally, I could manage to calm my desire and decide to prepare an IHOP style breakfast, healthier version, for me and my family. OMG it was sooo gooood.
Around 10 a.m. I started thinking about going shopping to buy something...
I have always use food and money to "deal with my reality". But today I decided to do something different . I did ask my husband to take me to the mall but on our way to the Shopping Mall I told him "I don't need to go to the mall. Instead, take me to Whole Food Market" Once at the market, I walked around looking the beautiful veggies, fruits and healthy people. At the end, I just bought some organic carrots, 2 muffins, 2 croissants, a small bottle of lemonade and a natural cola for my hubby. I shared the muffins and croissants with my husband and son.
Small milestones is what make our journey worth the sacrifice. It is all for a better life!
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