Thursday, April 18, 2013
When I was in high school (in the sixties) , the prevailing wisdom for dieting was all or nothing. Well, it was really hardly anything or nothing. Unless you ate hardly anything, you could expect to lose nothing.
When I was a senior, I went to a doctor for a check up. He said I was overweight, put me on a low calorie diet (600 calories a day) and prescribed diet pills. Hard boiled eggs, zwieback, and sliced tomatoes which alternated with tomato juice was the prescribed diet for all meals and snacks. I did lose weight. I thought I was going crazy because the pills made me think I had spiders crawling all over my back. When I couldn't down another meal of zwieback, I gained back all I lost and more.
Note: When reading back over some comments, it did my heart good to see others have difficulty with all those abbreviations!! So, think about I "gained back all I lost and more" as you read the next bit.
Everyone here probably knows that G-BALAM syndrome! My thinking was lost to low calorie dieting and the G-BALAM syndrome, over and over. Grapefruit diet. Cabbage soup diet. Lost my gall bladder after a protein shake diet.
Even in 2006, I still hadn't learned my lesson. Everyone at work was using a packaged nutrient low calorie diet with great success. Yep, I started it, lost 65 pounds.
This time, it resulted in a cancer diagnosis, 2007 then 2008 again. The chemotherapy for that one went on for four years. Yes, I gained weight again. I felt it was my job to keep eating, keep up my nutrition to give my body a chance to heal. I can hear you laughing. I had no clue at that point what nutrition was. I knew the donuts I'd stop for on the way home from the infusion room wouldn't help anything. And as I gained weight due to my vices and the steroids I received every week, the doctors weren't concerned. They were glad I was still alive. So was I.
After I stopped chemo, at my highest weight yet, I decided I was going to learn and do everything I could to be healthy. Yes, I wanted to lose weight, but it was a small part of the health issue. I had a lot of little chronic things that I thought I was going to have to live with: migraines, neuropathy, balance issues, tinnitus, extreme fatigue, mild depression. And working with a chiropractor, my oncologist, and my primary, and my own exercise program, we have fixed all those issues. migraines fatigue, tinnitus and depression are gone. Neuropathy stays away as long as I exercise in deep water at the pool morning and night. That might seem rather extreme- the all or nothing attitude popping back up again, right? Well, I look at it like this. Take aspirin or a more extreme drug for the neuropathy every 4 hours or exercise in deep water morning and night. To me, it's a no-brainer. Especially when the aspirin is a risk factor for tinnitus. And I hate tinnitus. It interferes with playing the harp!!
Because of the resources here, I FINALLY understand the importance of giving my body enough nutrient dense calories to support my health and activity.
I finally understand that food manufacturers and restaurants don't have my best health in their best interest. My health is my responsibility. Decisions about what to eat, where to eat, how much to eat, how to prepare food, even how to grow my food must be made wisely.
I am delighted at my varied diet. Yesterday I had 14 fresh fruits and vegetables, and the greens I used in my smoothie came out of my garden. My calorie intake ranges between 1350 - 1700. It could be higher due to my activity level, but the thyroid medicine is still not regulated.
Am I healthier?
I have lost 53.5 pounds since August 2012. I haven't been hungry a day. My cholesterol is down to 202. My blood pressure is running 120/65. My glucose blood work is perfect. I have the energy to walk a 20 minute mile morning and evening. I workout in deep water at least 45 minutes morning and evening. I will go for my PET Scan Tuesday to be sure the cancer beasties haven't returned a third time. But I am confident I have done everything in my power to rob them of any blood supply by eating a good supply of anti-angiogenic foods. And the weight loss can't hurt either!!
I'm afraid I have switched from a hardly anything mentality to an All or Nothing mentality. All of my decisions must be healthy or nothing happens for the good in this old body.