Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Food for Thought
According to The National Cancer Institute, three out of four Americans will die from diseases linked to poor nutrition such as heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.
Since my carcinoid cancer diagnosis, Gary has completely overhauled how and what we eat at home and at restaurants. He shops organically, and we don't eat meat unless we actually know the farm it comes from. This, however, has not prevented me from partaking in a steady stream of marshmallows and chocolate - both of which seem to sneakily slip into my diet on a daily basis.
What amazes me is that through two surgeries, a cancer diagnosis, and a barrage of specialists - not a single doctor has ever asked me about my regular daily diet. Not one. In fact, other than the temporary diet restrictions following my right hemi-colectomy, "food" has never been discussed as part of recovery, prevention, or treatment of whatever it is that is still making me sick.
While I don't know about totally giving up my sweets - I do know that I need to be more responsible in my independent food choices. Since Gary basically has the home-front covered, I think that what I really need is a basic meal plan for school days... breakfast / lunch / snack. Time to do some thinking (and shopping).