My mom had been counselling him for years to cut out all that milk drinking, limit your pizza and burger consumption, and ‘I am surprised you can hold another piece of pie, cake, cookies’, and so on…..He wasn’t a pig, just honestly hungry all the time.
I, on the other hand, had grown up eating healthy foods. We ate like stormtroopers but my brothers and I were the skinniest of the skinny kids. At the ball field, the swimming pool, on hikes and all the other places, my mom packed sandwiches and fruit and juice for us instead of allowing us to eat from the concession stand like the other kids. What a drag! We ate sweets, but infrequently. We didn’t feel deprived though. I was lucky that my mom was so far ahead of her time in her thinking. I carry those habits still today.
Sometime in the 1990s, I suddenly realized I was feeling bizarre. I began to feel uncomfortably full after eating. Combating that, I cut back on portions, thinking I must be eating too much without realizing it. I had also begun to gain a few pounds, I blamed that on unrelieved stress and increased my daily exercise. None of this seemed to help much. A lot more YOGA relieved the uncomfortable-after-meals sensations for a little while, but soon I was hungry again – not a little hungry, but really, stomach-growling, tired-feeling hungry.
What in the heck was going on with me? Was I falling apart? Did I have some elusive and uncommon digestive or circulatory disease? I ate the highest quality cuts of meat, concentrated on lean beef, white poultry, and fish. I loaded up on the fresh vegetables I love. I forced fruits that I do not love so much.
When the cardiologist told the HUB to discontinue eating
processed foods from the grocery store,
and restaurant foods
if he wanted to heal from his heart attack, I wondered if we could do it.
I am describing a lifestyle change…not a diet or an occasional change of meal plan or anything else small. If you are thinking of changing you eating habits, and you must be or you wouldn’t have read this far into the post, you will need to go whole hog. Mixing vegan dishes with your usual salt, sugar, and chemical laden choices will never work. The vegan dishes will taste flat, and your jaded taste buds will continue to lie to you. Remember this. Your taste buds have been addicted to refined sugar and salt in massive quantities. Your body needs to acclimate. As your body cleans itself of wastes and residue left behind and begins to heal, your tastes will change and it won’t take very long.
Thanks to FLATICON for images.