Thursday, October 03, 2013
I like food, if I didn't chances are I would be here. For the most part Sparkpeople is about portion control and living a healthy lifestyle through exercise and what not, and most of us are pretty familiar with what happens if we don't take those healthy steps. We gain weight, or at the least fail to lose what we want to. But when we don't make good choices, we don't always see an immediate detriment, and when we do, there's usually not an immediate reward.
But lately, I've had a medical mystery of sorts. I started getting a scratchy throat, then a bad cough, then my larnyx started periodically closing up cutting off my airway -- very scary, especially when I didn't understand what was going on.
One possibility is GERD, or acid reflux -- which I've had some experience with, the other is allergies, which I've had very little. My lifestyle choices also make me a candidate, I love things like pizza, garlic, chocolate, coffee, soda, tomatoes, alcohol, etc -- all things that are acidic. As soon as I made the connection of GERD being the possible culprit of my intermittant episodes of not breathing, I decided to give up coffee, red meat, and spicy things. I went to drinking green and white tea for a while, and now I'm drinking mostly Roobios tea (which is pretty darn good BTW).
If a craving comes I ask myself "do I want a cheeseburger or do I want to breathe? The choice is pretty easy. Quality healthy lifestyle plans, such as SP, will tell you you don't have to give up the foods you love, you just need moderation. But sometimes, there are things you have to give up completely. And although it may not always seem like it, the choice really is between life and death.
So the upside to all this is I'm making changes that I probably should have made a long time ago, because the things I'm missing are really trivial compared to the things I stand to gain.