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For me food is simply fuel for my body now

Monday, February 10, 2014

Now that I was finally(after like 5 years of not knowing) diagnosed with the autoimmune disorder and put on the right diet and drugs, I have been healthy without a flare up since June of 2013. This makes me so very happy. My girlfriend and neighbor who went out to dinner with all of us on Saturday is the one that has severe type one diabetes. She and I were talking at dinner how our attitude has changed since we have disorders that require us to eat differently from the normal person. We were saying that we both now just look at food as fuel for our bodies and not so much as just for pleasure. Oh sure there are times when I see others eating the french fries, pizza and such and remember enjoying them in the past but then right away I think of how good I have been feeling compared to when I didn't know what was wrong with me and I am content to eat right. I tell myself that I just need to get the right vitamins and nutrients and I will feel full and happy.
So here's to healthy clean eating.
Have a terrific week.
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    You are such a strong person, Sallie!!!! Keep it up and you'll live a long and happy life!!!!
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    989 days ago
    Healthy clean eating - yes, that's the secret :)
    My bf had to have a heart attack before he realized this.
    We're eating very clean (most of the time) and it pays. For weight maintenance as well as physical and emotional well-being.

    989 days ago
    I love how you say it.
    989 days ago
  • KLONG8
    I get how you see food as fuel because it really HAS to be for your situation. I need a little more of that in my life. When I eat healthily (wise choices prepared wisely in wise amounts) I DO feel better. So I need to keep working on my thought processes.
    990 days ago
    Eating just what you need is more pleasurable that eating something that will make you fee miserable. Stick with what works.
    990 days ago
    I would love to be where you are with your food. I eat very healthy and stay within my calorie range every day!.... but every day I still battle with my food!  I applaud you and I am so proud of you for your awesome attitude!
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    990 days ago
  • _LINDA
    That is fantastic! So sorry that you had to have a serious health condition to help you realize this :-(
    Here is to enjoying healthy!!
    990 days ago
    It's great that you found food that works for you and keeps you from getting sick.
    990 days ago
    I concur! emoticon
    990 days ago
    Yes, I totally love that analogy and it is how I've tried to explain it to my put in high quality "fuel" and you get high quality "results"....we're still going through the process, but I think that's the way we should be talking to kids about nutrition (and everyone for that matter!)
    990 days ago
    Great Job! It amazes me that the healthier we eat how bad those unhealthy foods taste. I have tried several of my regular favorites and couldn't stand the taste. Tasted like it was a chunk of grease.
    990 days ago
    I'm so glad you have your answers and feel better emoticon
    990 days ago
    My Mother was gulten-intolerant, and she used to tell me that she wouldn't go back to eating the old way because the pain wasn't worth the temporary pleasure. She did have problems with gluten that would sneak into her diet in disguise now and then. That would serve to confirm how good she felt when eating clean.
    990 days ago
    What a great acronym : SAD -- the standard American diet! It IS!

    Food = fuel/medicine for our bodies Feed it right, it'll treat you right.

    I have come to the same conclusion as you, my dear. It's just not worth the price to pay eating what I know is not good for my body. Took me awhile to learn it too. But at least we learned it!
    990 days ago
    What a great attitude!
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  • SKATER787
    Potatoes and wheat are cheap. There is a lot of money to be made if you can make them taste good. I was a good client of Domino's until I cut out the grains. Just as well as the last counter person I had to deal with was a real jerk. Not a penny from me since.

    PS: I also sold my pizza cookbook and would have sold another if I could get a decent price for it.
    990 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/10/2014 11:54:28 AM
    I agree with you. I gave up on the SAD (standard American Diet) a long time ago.
    990 days ago
    I really want to get to that point but I'm not quite there yet! I'm hoping if I can keep eating 'Plan' foods and figure out exactly what I 'react' to it will help me get there - but its a process! You are setting a GRAND example for the rest of us to follow!! Hugs, Marilyn
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    Here's to healthy clean eating! and to health and happiness!
    990 days ago
  • ALICIA214

    990 days ago
    I pray I will think of food that way. I'm trying and am getting better at it but its a struggle. Thanks for the words of wisdom.
    990 days ago
  • LIS193
    You and your friend are so right - food is fuel and you want to use the best you can for your body. You wouldn't put bad fuel in your car - our bodies are fine tune engines and junk will destroy them.
    I see commercials for fast food and pizza and it doesn't even look appetizing to me any more. Same with the Olive Garden ad - all that pasta drowned in questionable sauces - yuck!
    990 days ago
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