This past year, my family and I got royally kicked in the butt. We celebrated a B'nai Mitzvah, that's a bar and bat mitzah of my son and daughter, who are twins. As a single mother, this was a huge undertaking on my own and it was a joyous celebration, even with the usual stress of family, in-laws, and ex-husbands, it went off without a hitch and a lifetime of preparation and spiritual promises hit a highlight.
We were high on happiness for exactly three days. Then my significant other's twin sister passed away and we started grieving. Our beloved Zippy, our 16 year old English Springer Spaniel, had to be put down. Three weeks later my favorite cousin's mother passed away. My cousin, her fiance and his son stayed with us for two weeks. My cousin stayed on for another two weeks to take care of her mother's affairs while trying to make her wedding plans. Then her older brother passed away, her surviving younger brother served her with papers because he didn't like the results of the will and her fiance cancelled the wedding.
Being naturally optimistic and upbeat, this was a new world of getting knocked down and getting back up, over and over again in a short amount of time. These unfortunate incidents resulting in a whole lot of stress, emotional and entertaining eating. What do we do when we don't know what to do? Eat, of course.
Twenty five pounds later, I cried. I couldn't stop the sugar roller coaster and the late night cravings. Weight Watchers did not help. Exercise did not work. I didn't know what to do.
Then I read a magazine article about a book, "Eat to Live" by Joel Fuhrman, MD. I picked it up and started to follow the vegan diet he suggested. Four weeks later, I have only lost 6 lbs and I feel a world of difference! The sugar and late night cravings are gone, my strength is fine and I feel great! My mind is clear, I have energy and power. By controlling my eating, I feel like I can do anything. My family is eating more fruits and vegetables and trying the new tastes and dishes I'm preparing. My optimism is back and I am very grateful.
Not many people are willing to make the leap thinking they will be missing. To me, my life has just become much easier as well as the choices. I choose life, health and happiness. Whatever happens, I'll deal with it better without it being about food.