This is about my Mom, who I love dearly, knows a heck of a lot about medicine (she's a nurse), and yet suffers from a number of health problems including Diabetes, Obesity, High Blood Pressure, and Depression. No doubt a lot of all of this is genetic. And goodness knows she tries to take care of herself, but she's such a generous person who is always working for others, that I think her health get's pushed to the sidelines.
I switched to veganism last June, and because it's helped me with my health issues (brought down my weight, and cholesterol, and brought up my energy levels and inner strength), everytime I come home from college I try to cook as much as I can for my mom and my dad. They've always been good sports in trying my foods, and have recently agreed after a lot of nagging to do meatless mondays! Anyway, I think it's fair to say they're now officially flirts. They haven't made any radical changes, just little things here and there, more willingness to try a veggie burger, and eating maybe half vegan or vegetarian meals when their daughter is home for a couple of weeks and guess what?! My mom's health is drastically improving! Over the past 3 years, (roughly when all these changes started happening) my mom has gone from weight 240lbs, to 210, without a ton of new exercise (just some short walks on the weekend). That's a huge change for her, from a lifetime of obesity. She also says her type 2 diabetes has been better ever since she started trying some of the new vegan recipes that keep showing up in her Diabete's magazine. (this is her particular fav: http://forecast.diabetes.org/recipes/chickpea-patties-mango-chutney) Anyway, she's reallying getting how a vegan diet can really really help change her life, and slowly, ever so slowly I think it's getting through that she can do this. And remember flirts, little by little it can work for you too!
Congratulations to your mom! Good job helping her to see that little changes make a difference. Your mom reminds me of my sister; obesity, diabetic, high blood pressure. When I go to visit her I have to bring my own food because her cupboards are filled with junk food. I'm going to send her a copy of your message in hopes to encourage her to start making changes.
Thanks for your post,
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