A few weeks ago, a co-worker, the one who attended the Diana Gabaldon booksigning with me, suffered a mild heart attack. She's in her early 50's, and needless to say, it was a wake-up call. Not just to her, but to others who know her. It sure made me really take a serious look at my eating habits. I've never paid a lot of attention to what I eat. As long as it tastes good and feeds the hunger, it worked. I always thought that hey, I'm young enough, I don't need to worry about what I eat. Eat McDonald's everyday? So what, right?
Well, no, not so much. My family medical history is pretty scary. We've got it all - cancer, heart disease, arthritis, addictions, Parkinson's, emphysema, it's all there. We're pretty doomed. My uncle died of a heart attack at age 51. My dad had quadruple bypass surgery last summer at the age of 65. My mom smoked & drank through all her pregnancies. As Bucky Covington would say, "It Was a Different World". Yet did we turn out alright? I don't know. The last time I had a physical, within the last year, I was good to go on for awhile longer.
But after Karen's mild heart attack, I've done some re-evaluating and for the last 2 weeks, I've been eating really healthy: spinach and tomatoes. Peapods and zucchini and cucumbers. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, honeydew and grapes. Radishes. Peaches. Apples, bananas, pears. Carrots and lettuce. Not that I'm not eating bad stuff too - I still crave bacon and McD's vanilla iced coffees and will indulge a bit - but I'm trying to take better care of myself. And of course, drinking plenty of water.
It's hard. Not impossibly hard, but I'm obsessing over food more than ever. I feel like I'm constantly hungry, so food is what I think about most of the time. Like right this minute. I'm craving something fattening and loaded with cholesterol. Someone said to eat every 3-4 hours. I'd prefer every 3-4 minutes. See my problem here?
So I guess my question today is, what ways do you use to stay healthy? What kinds of foods do you eat and how do you keep it interesting? I admit, I'm not much of a cook - it's the preparation that drives me nuts. So if you do have some simple, throw-it-together recipes, feel free to share. Like a spinach salad with strawberries, walnuts, and peppers. What salad dressings do you swear by? And it doesn't just have to be fruit & veggies. Maybe there are other things you eat that are good for you. For the record I have tried turkey bacon and it's, well, different.
So thanx for whatever helpful tips you can pass along. Though the deck might be stacked against me, I don't want to actively follow in my family's footsteps when it comes to my health. It's never too late to start, right?