Dietary Approaches

Recently I had a scare regarding my husband’s health. Fortunately, it had to do with something that is easily regulated with medication. Unfortunately, medication almost always comes with side effects. The best course of action is to stay healthy through diet and exercise. Dropping 20 pounds can eliminate hypertension and save your kidneys. Losing more weight can reverse symptoms of diabetes. Exercise to improve muscle mass can keep you looking young and living longer with a good quality of life.

Heard it all before, I’m sure. Knowing and doing are not usually in the same room with me when I am offered cake or chocolate or ice cream. If you are under 30 years old, you have time to start making those small adjustments that will get you to a healthier place by the time you are 40. I was in a good place when I turned 40, physically. I hiked on weekends, I ate by the Fit for Life plan, and I did aerobics three times a week. I worked a 4 day, ten hours a day schedule and on my day off I took my dog to a beach where she could be off leash. We walked for miles.

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Now, 20 years later, I am walking a different dog twice a day for about 15 minutes each walk. I take her twice a week for just under a mile-long walk. And those days leave me exhausted. I consume too many carbs and sweets. I can’t say no these days. I often insist that I will be fine if I have an ice cream shake or a brownie with gelato. Only fooling myself.

The first month of 2018 saw me sick more days than not. Luckily, my stomach has still not fully recovered from the pain of involuntary evacuation. One meal a day and lots of snacks are about the most I can handle. I still need to drink more and use the amazing benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar to improve my digestive tract.

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It’s finally the time of my life when my husband and I are on the same page health-wise. I promise to get my act together, do the shopping with an eye toward healthy meals for both of us, and get us both out doing something healthy besides just walking the dog or wandering around a warehouse store. I have heard a lot of good about the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension in my weekly weight loss support group. Looking over the recipes, I see lots of salmon, veggies, even pasta. That sounds doable. (Note: Sodium reduction is a big part of lowering high blood pressure. I’m thinking Mrs. Dash is somehow connected as a salt substitute to the diet.)

The problem is, my day is full with bird keeping, writing, house cleaning, and my nemesis, laundry. I need to find make-ahead meals to put together with my husband’s help on the weekends. And we still need the occasional eating out treat. The complications never seem to cease.

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What works for you? Please tell me in the comments if you use meal kits, farm box delivery, timed locks on the fridge and pantry, whatever has worked for you. Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Thursday.

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