Thursday, July 29, 2010
I've been overweight pretty much my whole life. But despite being overweight, I'm otherwise generally healthy so I've never been really serious about losing weight. I would start trying to exercise and eat better from time to time, but was never really motivated to stick with it. My husband Jay, on the other hand, has type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and has suffered a minor heart attack. You would think that all of this would be enough to scare a person (and his wife) into getting serious about their health. However, neither of us really took his condition as seriously as we should. We were content to continue our lifestyle as we always had as long as Jay took his insulin and about 6 other pills, who cares about diet and exercise?
Now, he has recently been informed that he has a fatty liver, which can lead to cirrhosis of the liver. He was advised that avoiding such a fate was all up to him. His doctor said he had to lose weight because apparently there aren't any drugs to fend off cirrhosis. She recommended the South Beach diet. I love my husband very much, and I want him to be around for a long time so I took what the doctor said very seriously. Don't ask me why I never took any of his other doctors seriously, but this time I did. Maybe because weight loss was the only option she offered, unlike the other doctors who have all prescribed medication in addition to weight loss.
So now we're both on the South Beach diet, and so far it's going much better than we expected. We've already discovered that Jay doesn't need as much insulin to keep his blood sugars within his target range. It's also kind of fun to try new things. The book includes meal plans for all the phases of the diet, and many of the meals call for foods that I normally wouldn't eat. I always thought I didn't like asparagus, but it turns out I do... salmon too. I'm cooking a lot more than I used to, which is a bit of a challenge because I've always hated to cook. Cooking is still not my favorite thing to do, but it's giving me something to do instead of sitting in front of the TV... and that's never a bad thing.