Friday, December 12, 2008
My cool new hang out.....everyone's doing it!What has happened to this word, diet, in our society. I have never quite looked at this word so closely in my life. I, myself used to think of this word as a fad, a craze or temporary change. Somewhere we lost the real meaning of this word. Let me tell you what it means for me right now in my life. As I sat my kids down to define this word because it comes up a lot these day...I told them that it a word the describes the types of foods we eat in a day. The lifestyle we choose to live by putting good or bad food into our mouths. Some people have good diet habits and some bad. Well, before my diagnoses, we were the All American family on the All American diet. I have always known that I had and needed to change our diet to a healthier one. Do you want to hear my list of excuses of why I didn't...rhetorical question because I will tell you them:) I have 3 small children that don't eat a lot of variety. We have an on-the-go lifestyle. Healthy food doesn't taste as good. I am a "meat and potatoes" kind of girl. The one I never had the balls to say was, that I was scared of change! Well, change has smacked me in the face and I'm not going to sugarcoat that it's easy....it's the biggest challenge that I have come across in a long time. This isn't something that I can fall off the wagon on. When people ask me how the "diet" is going...I tell them, that it is a lifestyle change it's going in the right direction finally. I'm not writing this because I want the whole world to change right now because I know for a fact that nothing else would have kick started me into a healthier life besides MS. It isn't the easier route and I am having to take babysteps....but there is no turning back because my #1 excuse of having 3 small children and not being able to do it, has now become my #1 excuse for the change. There is no one manual that I am following. I have put myself back into school (metaphorically), finding my new teextbooks to take notes from, picking my professors and just trying to do my very best. Try not to wait for a wake-up call....do something on that "I have" to do list...move it to the "I want" to do list! Why don't we look at food like addictions? If you can't take it out of your diet and there is no nutritional value, doesn't that sound like an addcition? I have had no problem taking all sorts of bad stuff out...now begins the challenge of learing to cook all over again. The pantry is bare and there are grains, nuts and berries staring me in the face.