Saturday, May 31, 2014
Spent 4 days with my parents. They eat terribly and I don't think I had much of a good impact on them though I ate very healthfully. They are 81 and don't feel any urgency to extend their lives by living with their heath in mind. Though they complain about aches and pains, they don't realize that the quality of life and aches, pains and energy levels may at least improve if they paid attention to what they put in their bodies. There are many foods that cause inflammation and they probably have sensitivities to a couple of them, but are unaware that they eat them. My dad has cancer of the blood and I imagine he just wants to enjoy what he likes to eat, why put effort into forcing himself to eliminate foods.
We get set in our ways. At 55 for the first time I'm actually taking notice of how foods make me feel. Whether they make me ache or sap my energy. Some make me more emotional including frustration and anger. I now am caring what I put into my body. This has developed after seeing my adult children all take care to eat well. My youngest son (22) and I have a wonderful relationship and he is having the most impact on me and also my hubby.
My husband is a very picky eater who never consumed veggies. He has been listening to health podcasts and is changing his diet bit by bit! He is eating sweet potatoes, will eat cucumber tomato salad(!) and even ate steamed broccoli, carrots (his much despised food) and squash. He said he only remembers canned mushy yucky tasting carrots from his childhood. The ones we had at the steakhouse were sweet and firm. This is so cool! He's trying new things. He's found he feels so much better without gluten and dairy. We're even eating out much less often! That's a big deal!
So his changes have inspired me...if he is willing to make changes after an adamant hate for veggies and love for milk and cookies, I am challenged and now listening to my body and making great strides to take care of myself... for me! I had made many changes before, but always thought that sugar didn't effect me much, and it wouldn't be that big of a difference to get rid of it. (Surprise...I tried it to see if I could see a difference and...um...well, it did!) My goal isn't even totally focused on weight loss, though I'm hopeful that cutting out the sugar and refined carbs will impact my weight.
We all can work at eliminating one thing at a time to reach a point that we feel good. I'm happier and calmer, feel more confident and walk taller.
I am praying for help to make these changes, and knowing this is something God would want for me, (to feel good and happy,) He is kind and is hearing my prayer. Answers are coming bit by bit as I am willing to put forth an effort.