Preventing Diverticulitis, A Good Book, and Weekend Ahead

Good morning! What an incredible and much needed sleep. The world is going by this morning as I awake at almost 8 a.m. A whirlwind week has passed with worries of quarter end which has gone very slow and with data issues this time due to system failures and unbalanced data. I have had some other stresses as well, causing me to do some extra podcast listens on certain subjects. Mom’s house walk through and closing and subsequent move is nearing in with less than two weeks to go. The “challenge” sitting in the back of my mind with great failures this week on the days we have been hurried, slammed, or without sleep. Not enough water, eating horribly and on the go, and not even having time to look at the check list much less try to improve anything. My head needed the long break and I’m grateful for it. I have the whole two days before me of this weekend to rest, rejuvenate, and get some things done.

The above paragraph is about the only thing I have to share personally, as it’s been mostly all work and no play except for this awesome author I found with a great narrator and I treated myself with a mani/pedi yesterday after work.

Since not much else to talk about I thought I’d type up some information about diverticulitis for a friend and blog reader that has had some recent issues. Instead of just typing a long email to her, I will type it here as it might help someone else.

So if you are not interested in this part, then just skip down to “The Weekend” heading below. 😉

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Diverticulitis: My Efforts at Preventing It

Diverticulitis can be very serious, depressing, and devastating when it hits, especially if it cannot be kept in control, the colon gets damaged, and surgery is required. And quite frankly the problem is worse in areas where our “Western Diet” is mainly embraced. Almost any other culture has “better numbers” (fewer cases) with a different cuisine, especially those with more of a Mediterranean culture or just about any culture where less enriched bread, less red meat, and less processed foods are found in the eating culture.

I have been part of a Facebook group for a few years now. It’s a support group and mainly the group tries to help one another “get through this” and also shares what works, what doesn’t work, and those going through surgery get some really good support from those having gone through the same, or just from people who care.

Having seen a lot from this group I’ve learned that diverticulitis is very different for just about everyone. What works for one, might not work for another. But with enough people on there, I can see there are some trends that tend to work for a lot of people. It also seems that it depends on how damaged the colon is as to what will work or not. Some people tend to have very sensitive colon walls, some just seem to have diverticula pockets, while others have perforated colons or colons so damaged by diverticulitis repeatedly or severe over time that their colon is just breaking down and obviously sections have to be removed at that point. Sometimes instead of just constipation and diverticula (pockets in the colon that things get stuck in causing blockages) the issue can be infection and in that case it’s best to have the doctor prescribe the antibiotics. And quite frankly it’s best to be under a doctor’s care anyway when this is going on because it is nothing to mess with.

I’ve noticed that some can no longer do spicy foods. I, myself, can eat spicy foods, but I can’t eat ketchup anymore – and this is a very good example of how everyone is different. Ketchup and some tomato sauces, but not all, will burn my colon wall and create blisters. I know it does because I know what it does to my mouth! Then I have trouble with pain in my stomach. Many people also seem to have a problem with lettuce, but I can eat that – but I question kale as it has a sharper edge to it and harder to digest. I’m afraid to eat it as I had an attack twice when I had consumed it. Maybe it was it, maybe not. But each person has to try and learn their specific triggers. That said, I truly believe it is mostly the western diet with our processed breads, meats, oils, etc that cause us our issues.

It seems to me, the best one can do, in addition to prevention entirely, is to try and minimize the situation before it gets too bad, when it does happen. So without going through all my experiences I’ll just sum up a few tips here.

Prevention Itself

Let me list some of the ways that I’ve found keeps me from having issues.

  • Drinking lots of water
  • Keeping the “flow” going good (preventing constipation at all costs)
  • Daily Probiotic (research the best kind for diverticulitis)
  • Switching up the kind of daily probiotic each time you end a bottle and start another
  • Eating less red meat, processed meat
  • Might have to eat less spicy foods if that bothers you
  • Eat softer lettuces if you can tolerate it as opposed to raw and tough edge kale
  • Severely decrease bread consumption with it’s fillers and enriched flour ingredients
  • Choose whole grain or possibly sour dough (less is good)
  • Eat more fish and chicken
  • Eat less fried – the oils are not good for you and can lead to unhealthy gut quickly
  • Listen to podcasts or YouTubes on healthy gut or avoiding leaky gut- it’s so helpful
  • Increase vinegar foods – pickles, salad dressings, slaw with vinegar, or even a tbsp of apple cider vinegar daily if you can stand it.
  • Eat a lot of fiber foods – bananas, apples, beans, etc.
  • Increase your greens daily
  • Increase fresh fruit (not juices but fruit)
  • Exercise
  • Less alcohol as it’s very drying to your system
  • Take blood pressure meds with water pills or any water pills in the daytime when you are awake and can replenish your system with water as these dry you up inside your colon too
  • Drink less ice tea as it can be dehydrating, I have found – for some reason.
  • Don’t overeat – isn’t this the hard one?
  • Greek Yogurt – once a week
  • Protein Shakes like the wellness company I do
  • Lower stress levels
  • Eat much less sugar!

When You Get Constipated, Feel Bloated, or Haven’t Had a Movement

Sometimes your gut begins to get out of whack and you need to get it back in control before you dive into a diverticulitis situation. Each time I’ve gone down the path with a spell of diverticulitis, I had constipation, bloating, and no movements or hard movements (sorry TMI) – either starting to happen or did happen. It’s time to get serious and get it under control fast. In addition to the above I do the following.

  • Don’t eat until you are really hungry again.
  • Continue drinking a lot of water perhaps enhanced by hydrating types of liquids (Gatorade, Isagenix Hydrate)
  • Eat soft foods only, cooked veggies, soups, fiber foods, maybe even some yogurt
  • Coffee or herbal teas
  • DO NOT eat steak, pizza, bread, hot dogs, sandwich meat, kielbasa red meats, etc.
  • Fruit is probably ok – apples, pineapple, etc. Although keep in mind some people cannot handle the texture of the skins within pineapple or the seed like things in strawberries.
  • I have a special drink I like to drink called “Hawaiian Ginger” by Goldthred, which I’ve found only at Publix and quite by accident. It tastes like a Moscow mule (ginger) w/o the alcohol. It puts the stomach in a better pH.
  • Avoid foods that are harder to digest like raw veggies at this point
  • Avoid sugar and desserts
  • Avoid alcholic drinks but I think 1 small glass of red wine might be ok as it’s pretty good for the stomach, but keep in mind alcohol is dehydrating and that is opposite of our goal here. But the Bible says a little wine is good for the stomach, lol.

When You Have Pain in the Colon

I want to be clear here that you likely might need to just see the doc, but there have been times for me now that I have been through this several times, where I can pull out of a situation if I’ve just started having slight pain having been constipated and not pulled out of it.

  • Switch to liquids only immediately: water, coffee (it helps with movement), herbal teas, broths
  • Exercise and move
  • Massage the tummy
  • Take a hot shower and allow the hot water to hit your tummy area (we’re trying to get movement here)
  • Pray for movement
  • When the movement comes and pain subsides upgrade to eggs, jello, creamed potatoes, Mac and cheese, white rice, jello (no not the healthiest) but it sustains you til you can eat again. You have to switch to foods that are easy to break down for the time being. Then switch back to healthy when the scare has passed.
  • If you have excruciating pain or it doesn’t go away and correct itself, you might need to go ahead, call doc and get set up on antibiotics. If you can’t take Flagyl (one of the antibiotics that most can’t tolerate) there is another choice – not as effective but it’s worked for me.

While Under Doc’s Care / While Going Thru Diverticulitis Attack

If you can’t stop it and find yourself in the midst of an attack, give yourself a break. The world will have to stop itself til you get better. It’s no fun to go through. We love to eat and it’s bad enough you can’t participate but use this time to do a few things you love around the house. Watching shows, reading, taking a walk, planning things to do when you feel better, catching up with friends if you feel like it, play computer games, be a kid again. Converse with those in a support group like on Facebook. And try to enjoy the down time. It’s really the best way to cope because it is scary, and you feel alone.

Keep Certain Foods in Stock

I keep those drinkable bone broths available, instant Mac and cheese cups, instant potato cups, and jello. That way I can switch immediately when needed. I keep them at work and at home. I also find that the wellness company shakes also give me nourishment, protein and vitamins during these potential attacks. Once full blown though usually milk products not recommended. But some of these shakes are plant based and might be ok for sustenance in the period unless you are having to do clear liquids in case of testing etc. And those Hawaiian Ginger drinks. I’m going to have one of those today as I’ve eaten horribly this week and I feel very full, bloated and feel that non digestible feeling starting to happen as we’ve eaten horribly this week.

There’s likely very obvious things I’ve forgotten to mention. I’m not a doctor, but this is how I personally cope with this. I kinda know when I’m likely to have an attack and it’s during times of overeating, stress, being very busy, no exercise, probably not enough rest, we’ve eaten horribly. I have had one of those weeks this past week so I know I’m in a danger zone right now. And I need to turn it around. So I’m in that first zone up there where I’m beginning to feel out of whack and I’ll do my Ginger drink, hydrate drinks, lots of water, take a walk, move a lot (I’ll be cleaning today). I’m going to eat soft foods – probably eggs with spinach mixed in, and just not eat a lot today. I’ll likely avoid pop corn b/c I can only eat it when the flow is good. :-O I’ll probably skip breakfast and have my eggs for lunch.

The Weekend

Well let’s see. Believe it or not – those that like to make fun of our list making – we really don’t have much of a list for the weekend itself. Oh I do have a list that is ongoing, personally. But I will do household chores and laundry first. Mom has some things she needs help with ordering on line. I will also do some Christmas shopping on line. I want us to list our Thanksgiving dry ingredient items and go ahead and get those in the pantry. I’ll go to the store tomorrow. Also will get some things bought for the work week and this last week of quarter end crunch. It’s likely to be a very long week. I may not get to blog as much as I may have to give up personal time this week and go in early and stay late. I do get my hair cut next Wednesday. Unless I have something significant and fun to share, I’ll likely just hold off blogging until something is interesting that I want to blog about. Right now my brain is all over the place. I’ll probably switch to doing every other day either blog or video editing. I started editing the next video, of course. I’m hoping to get some of it done this weekend, but I am also needing to work on a Christmas project for George that will take some time and I fear if I don’t get it done this weekend, it’s probably not going to get done! Sadly. and Likely Not. But we’ll see. I’m just excited to have a Saturday and Sunday at home.

Ok over and out. What you doing this weekend? Did you throw out your onions? (Recall – google it for details). We kept ours as we’d been eating off the bag and hadn’t been sick.

Pet Spa for Fancy and My Diverticulitis Flare and How I Handle it

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So….took Mom to the eye doc yesterday in Hendersonville and she received her shot injection in her eye. We came home and George fixed an excellent filet mignon steak dinner. Mom was kinda sleepy after that and slept a lot in her recliner.

I was VERY tired and choose to lay down a bit before dinner and realized after taking my temp, that had a degree of fever. I often get that when I’m tired. I also have a round of diverticulitis or some kind of IBS thing going on as I began having pain and now pressure in my lower abdomen. So here we go again. I went to sleep pretty much immediately after dinner, vowing I was only going to have liquids today (Saturday). More on this later….stay tuned.

I felt better getting up at 6. Only I would NOT have gotten up at 6 and would have slept longer but we had to leave around 7 to get Fancy to her new groomer. We have all actually prayed that Fancy (and Mom) would like her new groomer. Sorry it is very much of a side view, but I tried to snap a pic real quick of the new place while helping everyone in/out of the car.

While Fancy was at the groomer’s we went to get Mom a sausage biscuit and also a jelly biscuit. I think George had mentioned we might do breakfast out the day before. I told them I was on liquids today so they opted to do drive-thru. Although George offered for Mom to have a sit down restaurant if she wanted it. George wasn’t hungry and just got coffee. I was just sipping my water after having 2 cups of coffee at home. I know Mom loves breakfast out and she reminded us that was her favorite meal of the day.

I know it’s inconvenient for me to not participate in “eating” with this tummy thing going on, so I told them they should eat what/when they want. I will just be along for the ride in the next day or two. I simply will have to excuse myself from eating like we have been. I told them we’ve been eating so much that I just can’t keep up. We have been overeating for days. Mom said “well no one was holding a gun to your head!” —–ummmm noooo eating is definitely my choice. And so shall not eating be my choice until I feel ready.

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We are ALL guilty of eating too much, too fast, too often. We love food and good cuisine. We celebrate life with food – always! We associate good food with good times. We are all fat, lol. We all need to lose weight. And I don’t mind speaking for all of us on that point! It’s true! And correct, no one was holding any of us at gun point at any time. We all choose to eat and eat too much. I’m just the only “lucky” one that has to deal with this condition as for now anyway. I hope they do not. But if they do, they will find themselves having a liquid day as well one day.

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The fact remains that my tummy is not in good condition right now. I don’t really know if the rest of my family knows how serious this kind of thing is, but people have died from it if it wasn’t taken seriously. I really have not been able to narrow down the exact threat of my own diverticulitis or whatever is going on with my colon or colon wall. But here is what I do know.

Whenever the gut gets into this condition it has been the result of some kind of “perfect storm” where usually these things have been the case:

  • Periods of over eating/several heavy meals in a row
  • Consuming a lot of bread in a short time period
  • Not enough hydration
  • A lot of sugar in short time period can throw things off
  • Consumption of fries or fried foods
  • A lot of sitting/not enough exercise
  • Period of stress/anxiety
  • Not enough rest/sleep
  • Not enough greens
  • Not enough fruits
  • Blood Pressure meds with Water Pill in them/dehydrating
  • Not eating enough fiber

How I deal with my flare ups:

I can usually feel the flare coming on – tightness in my belly, cramping, pain, sometimes constipation but not always, wanting to eat but not really being hungry, not having cravings for anything–“wanting something but not knowing what I want to eat” —are all MY OWN signs. But sometimes it is a complete surprise! Either way, I try to do the following. I’m not saying everyone should do this. I’m in a Facebook group of people with this condition and it seems like we all have different things that can trigger it and all have different things that work. Pretty much everyone has to do a couple of liquid diet days, followed by soft foods. If the pain is intense, bathroom trips are unsuccessful – then a call to the doc to be seen for antibiotics is necessary. I’ve learned I can usually pull myself out of it. I hope I can this time too.

  • Pray for God to heal me b/c HE is the great physician
  • Increase water intake and lots of it
  • Take Ibuprofen or something for anti-swelling/inflammation
  • Drink hot liquids such as coffee, tea
  • Drink chicken both or bone broth (I use one with collagen in it from my program and it is my preferred lunch on cleanse days or flare days)
  • Take probiotics
  • Sip a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Have a drink with Ginger in it
  • Take Vitamins: B, D, C at least – don’t skimp on these while you feel bad!
  • Keep a positive outlook and enjoy the day regardless of the changes in food intake, embrace the rejuvenation you feel by “not eating” as it clarifies the mind – you get positive benefits from a day of liquids.
  • Avoid drinking anything with bubbles (gas/bloating hurts)
  • Eat jello at night when everyone else eats dinner (George makes it for me – I love him for this!)
  • Usually no alcohol is preferred as it dehydrates you
  • Make sure not to take blood pressure meds with a water pill at night when you are not awake to hydrate – take it in the mornings so you can hydrate as you lose it. (Rolling my eyes here).
  • Collagen Elixir daily helps from the program that I do (soothes the skin so it’ll sooth the colon too)
  • Sometimes I alternate between cold and hot drinks
  • Exercise or walk a lot
  • Stay busy or focused on your to do list, do something fun, to keep your mind off the situation.
  • Enjoy any and all tummy growls and noises – that is usually a good sign 🙂

After a day or so (your body will let you know) you can eat soft things like Mac and Cheese, mashed potatoes, oatmeal, applesauce, white rice, maybe even yogurt. I keep microwaveable instant potatoes, Mac and Cheese, and rice both at work and at home for these flares.

I have to work my way back up to meats and solids when I feel my intestines are ready. My body usually lets me know when I’m ready and cravings for various foods will come back as my colon heals. This past week, I’ve let it go on though instead of switching to liquids already because I didn’t quite realize what was going on. I thought something I had eaten was just not agreeing with me. But after a couple of days and the increasing pressure, I began to see I had a flare up.

So I made some lemon, cucumber water for the day. The lemons are just about to go bad, but still hanging in there. This water is also what Katy and I called “detox water”. It’s very good for you. This did not have any pulp in it. I guess the way it pours from this container keeps it from coming through.

Wow, at Publix, my eyes took me to this drink. I really believe it was a God – led thing. This was excellent. I think it was about $2.49 or something like that. I wish I had bought 3 or 4 just for these occasions. It tasted like a Moscow Mule without the alcohol. lol. I pretended this was breakfast. It was just enough punch to make me feel like I’d had a meal.

In the afternoon I began to feel like I could eat some instant mashed potatoes. They are easily digestible and made me feel good. And although I had no makeup on today – here I am when we picked up Ms. Fancy from her trim. She “did good”. They sent her home with a Report Card, LOL. It said “she was perfect”. She got to play with other small dogs instead of being in a crate. She loved her spa day.

She was a happy girl coming out of the place and we took her too her Momma! And her Momma was happy. It was a lot more pricey than Mom’s – almost twice the price. It was $75 with tax and tip. But will work out fine as we’ll trim her every 6 weeks instead of the 4 Mom was doing. So yay! Everyone is happy.

And the video is done and I’ve exported it. About to upload it to YouTube. I’m hoping for a 7:00 a.m launch time in the morning. As long as the rest of the uploads go well and I get time for the thumbnail and all that.

So far a good day at home. Washing sheets for Mom’s bed and my own, including our quilt/blankets we use on top. Oh we went to the grocery if I didn’t mention that. I was fine being there and got some things I could eat/drink.

Church tomorrow, unless it’s raining real hard. Mom doesn’t want to go if the weather is bad. I’m kinda glad. I don’t like rowing in the rain either. Anyway, better go get this video uploaded and finish getting sheets back on Mom’s bed. Looking forward to jello tonight! It was going to be ribs. George said he’d wait a day or two for that. Not sure what he and Mom are having. I try not to think about it so I don’t miss out. lol lol lol

Ya’ll have a good day. Will try to post tomorrow along with link to the video!

A Different Kind of Change

Good morning! Not really a lot to hop on and tell in the last day or two. Yesterday was my annual wellness physical. I had discussed with the doc office regarding the safety of this visit. I was told they were not seeing sick patients. (This office has a walk in center adjacent to it, so perhaps the sick ones go there?) I didn’t ask and kinda didn’t want to even think about it. But the lady I talked with said she had MS and a pacemaker and was in the office every day. I said if you do that (working/risking her health) for us, then I’m coming in. She laughed. She said there were only 4 of us that would be in the building when I was there. It was more like 10 of us. But I think she meant patients.

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My appointment was at 6:20 a.m. It was only me and another person in the lobby. We both wore our masks. I used my own pen to check in. I was called. And weighed in. My weight was up. I would love to blame COVID – but truth be known it all began with George’s birthday extravaganza about a year ago. A turning back of sorts to many things I’d missed. And drinking fewer shakes, doing less cleanses, having diverticulitis issues, which further defined my eating categories to fewer items, my fight back from it and declaring to my body that I would eat pizza again, and pasta and bread – a daring of sorts for the gastronomic issues to take that away from me. And oh, my body is winning. It’s taken on the bread, the pasta, the mayo, the dips, the crackers. Oh too well.

My appetite was weird, I knew I’d be hungry but I couldn’t crave any particular food. I’m not sure how to explain it. I had no desire for anything really. So I began just eating all my favorites. I even wondered if I’d had COVID and had lost my sense of taste and smell and just didn’t realize it and viewed it more as a loss of appetite, but then that is not right either as I definitely eat. So I ate, and ate good food as all the lock down and post lock down occurred. We have had fattening casseroles and cookies after dinner. If the world was going crazy and we are going through an apocalypse, we might as well eat what we wanted. And drink what we wanted with fancy cocktails and appetizers and hor d’oeuvres. And seconds at dinner because it was there and it was good.

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It’s a wonder we aren’t whales. Maybe we are relative to some. So the scale tipped a bit over what I’d have liked. Ok a lot over what I’d have liked. So before I ever sat in the little office to wait for the doctor, my head was already reeling in thinking of the things that needed to change immediately. I do it after EVERY doc appointment. I create the list. What am I gonna do better? It’s like a New Year in July. What rules are you gonna set that you will slide off from two months from now? Rolls eyes. I know myself too well. But there’s something to say about trying. I was able to lose 30 lbs once. Yeah it was gained back. It has to be the “lifestyle” I’ve said before. And shakes every morning does not cut it for me. I like the shakes but not every morning. The cleanses helped though, but they became burdensome and dreaded over time. But they did help.

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Then come the questions. Why does dessert that tastes good have to be bad for you? Why do the things that are good for you not taste as good as dessert?

But what if we didnt have these annual wake up calls – a call to reckoning? What if you made it fun to eat right and exercise and fit in the size clothes you wanted to fit in. What would that feel like? It’s kind of a religious revival of sorts. A “coming to fess up party” and a change to get on the right path again. A repenting and turning about!

So yeah, it’s time to reign it in a bit and go in a different direction. I’m an hour away from finishing Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food”. In the book he says “eat like the French, eat like the Italians, eat a Mediterranean diet, eat like…..and he goes on and on listing other countries and then says “Just don’t eat like a westerner”. Ahhhh it’s so hard. But I just have to keep on trying. I have to go in the other direction. We can no longer go back to eating what the heck we want. I kinda got over the hamburger addition and pretty much the pasta addiction. I had to give up nuts though and gained crackers, and began adding back the bread. I like to have a munchy in b/w meals. But need to find a good snack to fit this hole in my morning and afternoon. I have since gone back to nuts this week but have had increased pain in my abdomen and some issues there. So backing off again in fear. Was it nuts or those sesame seeds on the side of my sushi, darn it? They sneak in seeds on you everywhere.

I have replaced the crunch with carrots for this next week. A few months ago though, my system could not even digest a carrot and it was recommended to eat all the things I was trying to avoid.

I just wish it was not constant turmoil over what to eat. And that is exactly why I gave up the turmoil saying I’m freaking over this. And Covid happened and we just ate what we wanted.

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I’m pouring my heart out here including my frustrations. But overall I’m not frustrated so much anymore. I’ve tried to accept it as part of life, much like this COVID snarfle (that’s my replacement word for the shidoodle I really want to call it) that we have going on right now.

It’s really just a desire to survive, live, not get a disease, have a heart attack or stroke and be able to enjoy grandchildren. And the only way to survive is to try and do better.

The nurse came in and took my BP – 20 points high. Oh dear. I feared the uppage of the BP meds, or a change in meds which scares the potittle out of me because it usually means issues with your heart, issues breathing, and fluids in places they ought not be. That was the last experiences with trying various BP meds.

But the doc came in himself and took it and it was 120 over 80. Oh yeah. Was it luck or a fluke? Bottom line, no change in meds. All good on the BP front. Bloodwork and urine samples given and those results come in later and will be the real tell all. Is cholesterol high, sugar high? Of course it will be. I’ve been consuming the classic Westerner’s diet, minus a few burgers and fries as I’m past that addiction. I’m not expecting improvement. How could one expect it?

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Do you want to know something? I never even looked at the numbers last time? I couldn’t bare it. I didn’t even peek at it. I was going through the eating issues and I knew it wouldn’t matter anyway, as I was having to eat whatever my body could digest at the time. And things just went sideways from there. Eating changes and diversions just end up causing other issues too it seemed. Remembering “don’t eat white foods” because your sugar is too high. Then having to go back to it b/c I had diverticulitis and nothing could be digested but mac and cheese and potatoes and rice….and broth. Doh! What to do? lol.

It’s a see saw of trial and error. But I have to get back on the see saw. I have to figure out how to level it out. I have to want to do this. I have to want to feel better. Have to want to wear a lower size. And oh I do. I have to image being smaller in my head so that I go toward that. So that I move in the right direction. And see the future and not just satisfy the moment.

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The good news is, I’ve learned to love some healthy things. So while I may sound negative and barking at the trying – after all there is that side of things, I do realize it can be fun to try and do the right things again. To find joy in the journey again. To realize how good you feel again. I can do this again. Maybe not in the exact same way, but in a way that is enjoyable and stickable. I may do a cleanse day and I may not. If it is a dread – I’d say that is dangerous because forcing myself to do a dreaded day only makes me never want to do that again. But when I enjoyed it, I longed for it again.

So. I think it is all about the mindset. I think that is the biggest tangle aside from what your body will allow and tolerate…..and digest. I mean for some reason, I can’t even tolerate ketchup anymore. It burns my esophagus. I can eat it on something like a burger if it is a small amount. Or if it’s mixed in something, but just to dip a fry in it burns my insides. So odd.

Anyway, yeah, the mindset. I will try again and I’ll have a good mindset about it. I’ll focus again. We’ll keep working at it. And try to make it fun. And I’ll share my experience.

And so…so far all is ok – no changes in meds. And I will review both this doc visits numbers and will also pull last times numbers as it will be in my records on line. I will look at the data and not let it alarm me. I will just knowingly try to do better. Research shows eating like most any other country will give less of a chance of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. So how broad is that?

Let’s explore our options out there? Let’s learn a cultural change of how we eat? And of how we think about eating. It has to be a different kind of change. Who’s with me?

That said, it’s the weekend now and we have some plans. I’ll see you either later in the weekend or on Monday morning. What you guys doing this weekend? Be safe. We will be too!