I recently learned that my son has a rare disease called Barretts Esophagus. Only 1 % of Americans have this disease and it can lead to cancer. Not only did my motherly instincts kick in, but my instincts for survival kicked in as well. In the blink of an eye, I learned that I must drastically change my 15 year old son's diet.
This is the beginning of my journey with my son to totally healthy eating and living and it all starts with what we consume. I have now started to read labels and see what we actually are consuming. Of course, when we're healthy we don't think of these things often and take all the comfort foods we enjoy for granted. I will be writing more along my journey with my son. I have found this to be one of the most challenging things to tackle, because convenience is no longer an option.
I started off by incorporating fresh fruit and vegetables into his meals and am constantly searching for new ideas for meals for him. I'm now using ONLY whole grain breads and pastas as well. I will be blogging in the future about all the restrictions on what he isn't to eat which is almost EVERYTHING that isn't fresh, NO processed foods are allowed. Learning of my son's disease has been a wake up call as to what we actually consume on a daily basis. The sad part is it took learning he has a disease for me to realize that what we consume can be detrimental.
What will it take for YOU to change your eating habits? It's something we should all think about.
I'm sorry to hear about your son's disease, but good for you for making the change. A couple of year's ago, my husband, who had always had very good cholesterol, got poor results on a cholesterol test. It made him want to go totally healthy and the whole family ate better and exercised more as a result. We still have treats in moderation but overall, it has been great for all of us. Good luck - and eager to hear your progress!