One giant step
I went to visit my mom last nite, and to pay her back some money that I owed her ($40). I handed her $60 and said that I would give her the twenty if she would let me go through her cupboards and get rid of the 'crap' and then put that money towards healthier choices. The idea is, I will return on a weekly basis to go shopping with her, review the parameters, and set new goals. I'm taking baby steps with her, firstly removing obvious toxins and excess sugars etc, and then we will move toward reducing wheat and sugar intake even further. She's big on convenience foods, cuz she doesn't like to cook, so we focused on 'good' convenience foods, like instant soups and yogurt, whole-grain rye breads and real butter (I don't believe that margarine is good for you - it was born alongside plastics in a lab 30-40 years ago!!). At first, it was somewhat of a sour experience, but she knows that I am doing this out of love and concern for her. My father passed away in September 2007. There was no autopsy called for, since he was so ill from complications due to diabetes and heart disease that it was plain to see what happened...I indulged myself in a bit of sick humour today by toying with the idea of pouring diet coke on his grave...at least it won't kill him now...but I didn't want to hurt the grass! I'm so bad. Anyway, my mother has been overweight, manic depressive etc etc all of my life. One of my secret desires has always been simply to see her be happy and healthy. Over the next four weeks, I've finagled a commitment out of her to make the effort to make better choices for herself. I don't think she will backslide terribly, once she feels and sees the difference that healthy eating makes! I haven't even mentioned the exercise part to her, I figure I'll just sneak that in there in a couple of weeks I'll keep ya posted on how it goes...Cheers!