So the Dr. says I need to change the way I do things in order to be a healthier angelmeg. I have known this for a long time and have been working on small changes for about two years now, but only with half a heart really. Now it is get serious about it time or I will be dealing with major health issues later on.
One of the things I need to change is how I plan and eat my meals. I am one of those people who can skip breakfast and then go till maybe three o'clock before I actually sit down to eat something. Even when I make good food choices this is not a good plan. So that has to go. No more skipping breakfast or lunch. Regular meal times with good lean protein at every meal (it's a liver thing). I need to eat more vegetables too, because I do eat veggies, but not enough of the dark green ones that are really good for me.
Because of my food allergies I am already pretty limited on carbohydrates, but I do tend to indulge in potato chips, or French fries because "I'm not allergic to potatoes". Those are out of my diet now. Nothing fried for a while at least. and only really good oils in moderation.
No refined sugar either, which pretty much means no chocolate, unless it is really dark very high cacao content (because they have less sugar). For the first two weeks of this new diet, no chocolate at all. Then a little (like one small piece every four or five days) after that. Now that will be the hardest thing.
I started this new meal plan on Monday afternoon, and I'm not gonna lie, I actually feel better already. It is amazing how well your body's engine runs when you give it the right fuel.
The next hurdle is to tackle a vitamin D deficiency. This one is a little harder for me. I need to get out in the sun more often. The problem is, I can't stand the cold and it really has only gotten sunny lately. So, Now, whenever there is a sunny day I need to take my work outside if I can, or take a walk, or find some other way to be out in the sun. Maybe this year I will actually get my flower beds in shape.
As I was thinking about all of the things the Dr. is asking me to do to improve my health it occurred to me that it all comes down to obedience. God gave me this body in order to do His will here on earth. If I don't take care of this body I am not at all effective in doing God's will because I am ill or just too darn tired. Just think how much more energy and vigor I will have when I am not dealing with all of the potential health issues that are looming over my head right now.
When I put my lifestyle changes into that kind of perspective it makes the doing of them a little easier. I can look at them as a form of prayer and praise to my creator. I am growing closer to being the person that God created me to be before my own willfulness got in the way and led me astray.
So, with each new change, no matter how much I am resisting it, I praise God. Even for roasted beet salad, I will praise His holy name, because I know that if I am eating good fuel I will be stronger in His service.