Food Intervention!

Carie ShermanBy Carie Sherman

This is my self-imposed INTERVENTION.

Over the last few years, my illness has forced me to make changes. Big ones.

Some were for the best—like going freelance, rediscovering yoga, and simplifying (pretty much) everything. Some changes were the worst, like no more running, becoming a social recluse, and needing more naps than my toddler.

Like it or not, these changes have kept me in relatively good health.

A health I’m very much enjoying, thanks—in NO part at all—to my terrible eating habits.

My brain and body know good food leads to good health. Yet I keep making bad choices.

Excuses, Excuses

Some are fairly-legit. Brain fog makes me forget to eat. My meds kill my appetite. Having a “slow digestive system” makes doughy, lightly-toasted bagels coated with gooey, whipped cream cheese the only thing that sounds good.

I have been trying to eat better. Exhibit A below shows the depth of my failure.

A public humiliation intervention is my last resort.

Exhibit A: What I Ate Yesterday

  • 8:45 am: One bite of leftover pizza (to accompany my take-with-food meds) and coffee with the powdered stuff
  • 11 am: The rest of a half-eaten overripe banana and a handful of wasabi almonds
  • 5:00 pm: A few slices of the apple I sliced for my daughter
  • 5:05 pm: A handful of Mike & Ikes
  • 5:06 pm: A half a box of Milk Duds
  • 6:00 pm: Whatever my daughter left on her plate (She eats much better than mom, I promise!)
  • 7:40 pm: Two bowls of Rice Chex with almond milk and two TBS of sugar
  • 8:00 pm: The rest of the Milk Duds and an Otter Popfood_groups_vegetables

Small Steps and a Goal

I’m not giving up the duds just yet. But I am taking a small step towards better health through this proclamation:

I will eat six servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

I Need Your Help

Will you hold me accountable? Not in a Larry David from Curb Your Enthusiasm way, but in a gentle, non-threatening “how’s this going for you?” way. I promise to spare you the details—no Instagrams of my plate; no “Kale, Yum!” status updates.

But please, do check in. Accountability can help. Big time.

Do you struggle with food choices? Or have tips for me and others trying to do better by our bodies? Share in the comments below.

7 comment on “Food Intervention!

  1. Gail Turner

    I love your diet and am glad to see that there are other moms with the same eating habits that I have. I am always amazed how long a handfull of milk duds or red vines last with very little hunger. I eat the same way and have had alot ot help from my trainer by using the app ” my fitness pal” it tracks all my food and calories so that I can see that I literally have not eaten anything healthy all day. I love the exercise portions as well and the connection with my friends that share the same app. Good luck!!! I loved you article.

    1. Carie Sherman

      Hi there! Sorry for the late response–system glitch! Are you addicted to Milk Duds too? I had a relapse this weekend…my stomach is really hurting now. I’ve heard a lot about that app–I’m going to check it out.

  2. Carolyn Ohlmann

    I eat a more normal diet than you (eggs in the morning, at least), but sometimes food just doesn’t appeal to me. It’s hard when that happens when I’m grocery shopping, and then there is nothing in the refrigerator at meal times. I need to take a list for me, as well as my husband and son, who both eat differently from me and from each other. I NEED to give up Coca-Cola–it’s my addiction, and it also helps with the fog leftover from the med I take the night before (it’s my coffee–never learned to like that). And Dove Dark is still my go-to chocolate….

    1. Carie Sherman

      Mmm… coca cola. I also love it. And I gave up soda YEARS ago (I swear it makes my nausea go away, but perhaps I’m kidding myself). There are definitely days that I’d never get through without caffeine. Sorry for my delayed response, we had a glitch.

  3. Kathy Espinoza

    I stumbled upon your blog today and it really gave me hope! I hope that you are doing well in your venture to change your eating habits. I am in the same boat. I am an RN and the past week I have had to take off work due to muscle spasms and profound weakness in my arms and legs. Dr appts EVERY day is exhausting too! Presently, I am having to reinvent myself. Considering what I can do in a gentler work place. Something (RN based or not) that I can do possibly from home and be able to acommodate my bad days. It may even some down to partial disability with something artistic/ crafty to supplement my income. I am also on a mission to change my eating habits and start eating real food. My meals look a lot like yours! I have gotten lots of good advice and now I am trying to decide what is realistic in changing and still works for me. I was also recently diagnosed with diabetes which further complicates the eating. I know I will feel better with the changes… you, baby steps. Thanks to you and Michelle for more inspiration! I look forward to reading about your progress in your bloig!

    1. Carie Sherman

      Hi there–I’m so sorry to hear about your experience. I wonder if anything has changed since you posted. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to work in a physical job and experience such systems. I’m actually working on a post about talking to your employer about chronic illness, but it definitely has a desk-job slant. Hmmm… I’ll need to revisit that. How are you feeling now?

      1. Carie Sherman

        *symptoms (not systems!!!)

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