Pretty much my whole life I’ve been obsessed with food.
And not always in a good way.
I was extremely overweight most of my life. When I was young, my relationship with food was pretty messed up. I never participated in meal preparation and often felt compelled to sneak food and binge on it.
This only got worse as I became older. When I moved away from my family home and started my own ‘life’, I really didn’t have any groundwork or foundation set to eat well.
My diet consisted of a lot of precessed food, junk food, not many vegetables and a lot of meat. I shopped at grocery and convenience stores to buy my food. It never really occurred to me to shop at markets where there was fresh food and produce.
Consequently my health suffered. I’ve had diabetes for about 20 years now. When was I diagnosed? I couldn’t even tell you the year, because I was in denial, ignored the diet I was ‘supposed’ to eat as someone who has diabetes and continued to gain weight. Symptoms of this lifestyle were starting to manifest. I felt like I was on a downward spiral and if I didn’t do something about my eating habits, I was going to be in serious trouble. As in, diabetes would take my life at a young age (my father passed away from diabetes related complications in his early 70’s).
I’m reading this as I write it and it all sounds so dismal.
But I know the outcome – and it turns out really well!
I was really unhappy in my job as a graphic designer and was looking for a change in my life’s path. I thought there must be something I can do with my life that will benefit my health and be something I’m passionate about.
Well, I’m passionate about food. And I’m passionate about living.
So I enrolled in school to become a holistic nutritionist. Pretty scary for someone who hadn’t been in school since the 80’s!
School was tough, there were a lot of assignments and a lot to read. I was enrolled in classes that included biology and chemistry. Yikes! I was never good at sciences.
I also had to do case studies with 12 clients! Totally daunting!
But, you know what? I actually did really well.
And I became my very first client.
I changed my attitude toward food. I started to eat whole foods, more vegetables, understand the importance of good fats, how to balance carbohydrates, protein and fats, how food affects your health, both mentally and physically and the most important thing; how to embrace my love for food. Not shy away from it. But make good choices – choices that enhance my life and improve my health. My endocrinologist told me that I no longer have diabetes (he calls me his model patient).
I now develop many of my own recipes, incorporating real, whole foods. Love, love, love doing this!
I’d say not bad for someone who didn’t make all these changes until they were 50 years old.
And I can tell you – it’s never too late.
I’m living proof.
I feel healthy and I have lots of energy to do all the things I love!
Including, cooking up a storm!
Gotta run…I’m off to make something delicious!