In my last post, I wrote that my husband had been diagnosed with heart disease. He came home from the hospital a few days ago, and since then, we have been struggling with old eating habits.
We started by purging all the junk food in the house, for both him, and me. In his case, anything with trans fat, high sugar or sodium had to go. In my case, most of the gluten free goodies I had stockpiled got tossed. They have been replaced with fruit, veggies and lean meats.
No more TV dinners for him. No more gluten free cookies, cakes or pies for me. No more soda-we are now drinking unsweetened iced tea. It’s quite a shock to the system.
I had one holdover from before this all happened. I found a gluten free, dairy free pizza. For those of you who have been following my posts, this has been my quest for a long time. It was an Ian’s french bread pizza, and I had it for lunch today. It made me sick. Hmmm…..maybe I was meant to give up prepackaged junk all along. But it’s still not as drastic as the changes my husband has to make. No caffeine and no alcohol. No sweets and low fat. All of the things he loved are now becoming a distant memory.
In a way, I am glad this happened. I have been after him for a long time to eat better and give up smoking. Unfortunately, it took a misdiagnosis of COPD and a near death experience to do it. He has one completely blocked artery in his heart, and most likely is facing open heart surgery. He was a walking, ticking, time bomb.
I will not lecture those of you who might be walking the same path. All I will say is, if you smoke, quit. If you are eating unhealthily, stop; change…before it is too late.
Of course, modifying a diet for two people with two different health issues is tough. He needs to eat whole grain, while I can’t. I have to watch my intake of fruits and veggies to avoid triggering my IBS. It’s a balancing act.
So it seems my focus on this blog will change. For those of you who have been following me, I hope that these changes will enlighten you. Maybe they will inspire you. I am swearing off of gluten free junk. Because gluten free junk is still junk. But if you are someone who wants to continue eating these things as I did, as a convenience, I will not judge you. I totally understand your methodology.
I will continue to post my experiences and knowledge as I blaze this new trail. And I hope that all of you will come with me on this journey.