We are all here for a purpose. Maybe you know what that purpose is and maybe you'll discover your purpose later. It will come.
Today, I met a woman who is doing the best she can with the information she has. She touched my heart and we found ourselves chatting about everything. Then, we settled in on the struggles of losing weight, working, raising kids, trying to make ends meet. It's not easy. Then you discover you need medication for high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure and do the best you can ... again with the information you have or are given by someone who may not even know how to best help you. It's a vicious circle and it's exhausting.
My struggle is she is being told things that will keep her on medication when if she were able to make some simple and some not-so-simple changes she would likely be able to get off meds. I assured her I was NOT a doctor or even in the medical field. I encouraged her to think about what she wanted and to speak to her physician about it. People often forget doctors work for them! Not the other way around. When your doctor isn't listening, move on.
The bottom line of our conversation became obvious. She is eating way too much processed food tainted with high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and many ingredients she couldn't even pronounce. The first step, I told her, is to understand what you are actually eating.
She mentioned she liked salmon. Farm-raised or wild-caught? She didn't know. Is there a difference? Yes. Read about it HERE. (HINT: wild-caught is better, but you already knew that, right?)
Let's talk about margarine vs butter? In my opinion, I prefer real food and margarine has what I can only refer to as ickies ... you know weird oils, stabilizers ... here is the list of ingredients from their website: Ingredients. Vegetable Oil Blend (Soybean Oil, Palm Oil and Palm Kernel Oil), Water, Salt, Whey (Milk), Distilled Monoglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Potassium Sorbate and Calcium Disodium EDTA (Used to Protect Quality), Citric Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Vitamin A Palmitate, Beta Carotene (Color).
Want to know what's in my butter? Pasteurized cream and salt. See the difference? Made with milk from grass-fed cows, not treated with rBST or other growth hormones.
So, what you do? Where do you start?
Good question and the answer is easier than you think. Start small ...
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I'm old. I'm experienced. I'm healthy. What else do you need to know?