Today I am thankful for my internist. Things have stabilized in my life, because of his ideas and support. I am also thankful for my self determination.
I stopped diet soda cold turkey for lent the year I turned 40. After the 40 days I had moved on to tea and just never turned back. That summer I gave up the Golden Arches. I wish I had a magic answer on how did it. I really have forgot how or why I gave up the Arches, because it was so long ago.
The Golden Arches was on my way to work and so I stopped there because it was convenient. Every morning consisted of a ham and egg biscuit with a side of orange juice. Then for supper it was a dollar unsweetened ice tea. In fact sometimes I would have two of them topped off with a Quarter Pounder and fries.
That summer when vacation began and I started working out at the local gym. It was a total change in routine for me. I joined their Biggest Loser program and ended up losing 20 pounds in 10 weekends. Before I knew it days turned into weeks of life without the Golden Arches.
A couple of years later I ended up changing school. On the way to school I passed a cow pasture. Over time I learned to appreciate the cows. That Spring I gave up red meat for Lent and by the time the 40 days were over I just didn't feel like I needed red meat in my life anymore.
The area also was highly populated with chicken houses and although the guilt was heavy I couldn't do it. Chicken was the protein in my life. I talked my doctor and he was more than happy to help me kick the habit, but I wasn't ready. My doctor died later that year on his farm.
I was forced to find a new internist, following a severe case of toxicity a lot of things started going wrong with my body. My new internist was really interesting. He started talking to me about all the drugs I was taking. I was so confused I didn't take anything, but the things that had been prescribed. He explained that I was eating drugs everyday. It is his belief that everything we put in our body is a drug. I was a little hesitate that sounded so out there. I didn't want to be one of those people. You know the type. The picky eaters. The problem was I was already part of their club. My husband kindly reminded me of my quire eating habits. On the side, little to no grease, Reuben hold the meat,Philly Steak,Peppers, Onion & Mushroom hold the meat with veggies uncooked.
However, I had no choice. My endocrine system was totally shutting down. I was losing my hearing, vision, kidney function, my hair was breaking off and the list goes on. The first thing he focused on was my kidneys. He told me I had to give up Splenda. Guess what? After I walked out of the office I never added Splenda to anything again. I am still eating some things that are processed with Splenda, but if I notice the label marked sweetened with Splenda I avoid it. I try very hard not to be obsessive. I don't go out to eat and ask whether or not they add Splenda or cook in vegetable oil, but I have made some major changes.
I don't know how explain it. I have a very strong will. It can be a good thing and it can be a very bad. If I set my mind to something I will fight to the death to make it happen. However, there is also another side to the coin. I can be discourage very easily. There are times when I listen to people who tell me things are impossible and they actually become impossible. It is sort of like my blog called, "The Ocean."
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