Okay, friends. I am adding a new category to my blog. That category is Health and Nutrition. As you can imagine, Bob’s recent heart attack (3/13/16) was a wake up call for both of us. Like many people, over the last three decades we have dabbled in all diets fad. We have given Jenny Craig many dollars (remember her?) and the most valuable lesson we learned from her was to park way out in the parking lots so you have to walk further to get to the store (and we still do that sometimes, but it was an expensive 300$ lesson!) We have used the Weight Watchers cookbook, read Eat Right For Your Type, read and listened to Andrew Weil, watched the Big Fat and Nearly Dead documentary. And many many many many many more. Over the past three decades Bob and I have collected so much information about nutrition our heads have spun. We have tried the low carb diet, the low calorie diet, and the steak diet (my favorite!). The most frustrating thing about nutrition is that NO ONE AGREES ON ANYTHING! No matter what you may think is good for you, SOMEONE, some EXPERT will tell you why it isn’t.
The bottom line, Bob and I are still fat. Obese, even. Bob has had two (count them, TWO!) heart attacks, and my Type 2 diabetes is getting so out of control that I won’t even check my blood sugar levels because the numbers are so dangerous, so discouraging, that I get thrown into a major depression. Then I jump into denial because my doctor says I am at the highest levels of oral medications possible, and that the next step is insulin shots. It’s not just the unpleasantness of the shots that upset me. It’s the fact that I can’t even remember to take the damn pills, how the world am I going to be responsible enough to measure out exact doses of insulin based on the number of carbs I eat? I have never been successful at calorie counting, much less a carb counting. Ugh! I just don’t see myself doing it effectively.
Meanwhile, right after Bob’s heart attack, my BFII (Best Friend In Idaho) recently had her husband diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. This was very shocking to all of us because they have always eaten very healthily, they were vegetarian for a long time, and they are both very physically active, even in their late 50s and early 60s. She has her own gardening business and he does custom tile work for a living and rides his mountain bike for a hobby. Neither of them is sedentary, by any stretch of the imagination. My BFII is no slouch in the healthy cooking department, either. She is a gardener supreme, teaches gardening to the neighborhood children, and grows much of the food they eat. They eat the fresh eggs their chickens lay every day. So how in the world could her husband develop Type 2 diabetes? That is for fat sedentary people!
Well, her friend gave her a book called “The End of Diabetes” by Joel Fuhrman, and my BFII recommended it to me, when I was sharing with her the frustration of our health.
I am so glad she recommended this book. I am going cut this blog post short, because I always write blogs that are too long, but suffice it to say that I want to take you with us on our journey to health. Next blog(s) will be all about some of the progress we have made, and some of the things we have learned. Stay posted!