Dear friends and family,
So many of you have shared concerns with me about your desire to lose weight. In the past two weeks, I can easily count five people who wished out loud they could shed unwanted pounds. Extra weight is both a personal and complicated subject. It can be an emotionally charged issue, sadly laden with psycho-social-cultural shame and guilt.
At this junction of life, I want to weigh less, but more importantly I want to be healthy. In my senior years, my medical struggles are high cholesterol and painful arthritis in my feet and hands. My family physician’s answer to these issues was to prescribe meds. I wasn’t quite ready to go that direction, so I decided it wouldn’t hurt to consult with a holistic practitioner that would offer me some alternatives.
I had the good fortune to find two doctors with outstanding credentials, and more importantly, ones in which I discerned I could place my trust. Both of them practice integrative medicine and will prescribe synthetic medications if necessary. They understand not everyone will respond to diet as a way to lower cholesterol or diminish arthritic symptoms.
Fortunately, a lifestyle change in the way I prepare foods and plan meals has positively impacted my health issues. And I admit I don’t mind losing a few pounds along the way! Basically, I’m eating a lot more legumes, whole grains, leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, and starchy vegetables. My doctor that trained at the University of Minnesota in integrative medicine guided me to this way of eating (known as woe in health food groups.) Since he left Ohio and went back to MN, I found another doctor that is part of a Cleveland Clinic research team that promotes diet and supplements as curative.
If you are thinking of a change in your own woe, I suggest you, too, seek medical advice from a doctor. Our bodies are “fearfully and wonderfully made” and what works for one unique system may not be beneficial to another.
Regardless of our physical make-up, it seems that one thing health care specialists agree upon is eating more plant based foods. I can hear Mom now, “Eat your vegetables!” For seven days, I am going to try to do just that. Would you like to join me?
Maybe we call all get a little healthier, together.
How about a classic and healthy green bean casserole? I would adjust the cooking times in this recipe because the beans were a bit undercooked for me. It tasted great reheated on day 2!