It will be worth it!
|August 4, 2012||Posted by Kelly under From God's hands to our mouth, God's Hands, Simple Living|
Back in January, my family and I started eating from “God’s Hands”, as we like to call it. Basically it was “clean” eating more or less. For us it meant only eating what God grows or makes and what we can make from those things. We ate meat, fruits, and veggies. We ate butter and drank raw milk (which is wonderful by the way). Things were going great. Hubby and I were losing weight, after the withdrawal from all the chemicals, caffeine, and sugar, I started feeling pretty good. Things were going pretty well until Hubby wasn’t able to go to work because of his stage 5 kidney failure. We ended up at a lot of appointments, our days were long and stressful, and this gave way to preparing more convenient meals. At first it was just an occasional dinner of Mac and Cheese or burgers on white buns. Then came hubby’s surgery to have the peritoneal catheter put in. I was up the night before worrying, then we had to be out the door super early in the morning, and then it was a LONG day. I caved and had a soda, I was so tired and I still needed to drive home, take care of the girls, and get to the pharmacy before heading to bed. It was about a week recovery for hubby. I had so much to do, that I caved even more and did all easy meals and none of them were “clean” or healthy, but at the time it was what I could do.
I did try to go back to just eating clean after hubby was feeling better, but days were still filled with appointments, life, and dialysis. Recently I gave up soda again, July 16th to be exact. Withdrawal is always painful, but I was finally starting to sleep better so it was worth it. A few days ago I decided to start working on losing weight again, something I seem to always battle with. This time I decided to go with calorie counting. Hubby’s dialysis restricts his diet, so some of the things I eat from “God’s hands” he can’t have, so I initially decided it wasn’t worth having to make 3 different meals for the 4 people in my family.
Today something changed… I remembered the reasons I started clean eating, and I have decided it is worth it. It will take more time, probably cost a little more, but I will do what I need to, to take care of all the different health needs in this family. Yes I realize to some it sounds crazy, but would you give diabetes medication to a heart patient for his heart? No, you give diabetes medication to a diabetic and heart medication to the heart patient. Same with food…. I am able to eat all the good foods that God has created and I need to provide my body with those great foods. Hubby isn’t able to eat certain foods, so I will create for him meals that he can have, even if they don’t follow the God’s hand’s “rules” I want to eat by. And younger daughter has some struggles that require a special “diet” for her, so I will prepare what she needs. Older daughter, Praise God, doesn’t have any special requirements, so she can eat any of the meals I prepare.
For me, the extra time it will take is all worth it!