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.
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 Pop
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.