I Just Don't Understand People!

     Since working at the local hospital, I have come in contact with a great many people, and I have talked to many of them about diet.  I am a CNA, so we do so much for these people that I see all day long.  There are so many cases of strokes, heart attacks, and broken bones.  Some people are so sad! They have so much to deal with after a stroke.  Some have what is called aphasia.  People that have left sided weakness sometimes struggle with aphasia which is the inability to speak or sometimes understand what is being spoken to them.  A stroke on the left side causes aphasia because your language center is in the left side of your brain.  Sometimes an arm or a leg are often affected to the point of being in a wheelchair the rest of their lives.

     A great many of our patients have diabetes.  Finger sticks are a common occurrence with every meal served and sometimes before bed.  One patient sticks out in my mind.  He is one of our bigger patients.  His numbers fluctuate all day long.  His wife (bless her heart) brings in all kinds of goodies for him.  LOTS of fast food, but he has told the nursing staff that as long as he can take his insulin, it's all good!  Excuse me what????  He has cancer, and we all know that sugar feeds cancer.  I don't understand!  His life is on the line!  He could rid himself of diabetes if he would change a few things. Get rid of the soda for one!  Then all animal products!  I chatted with him about a plant based diet, and he had no interest.  If my life was on the line, I would do everything I could to change the outcome.

     I have sent out articles to friends about all kind of diseases, and I get the cold shoulder.  Now I know not everyone agrees with my weird ideas.  Not everyone is ready to give up their hamburgers, milk shakes, and CHEESE!  After all a bit of olive oil, or a smidge of dairy isn't going to hurt once in a while.  A youtuber whom I love dearly, Jill McKeevor with Simple Daily Recipes said on one of her films, "well I will eat just Thanksgiving, or Christmas, or Easter or birthday dinners, or an Uncle's dinner, but it all adds up!"  It all causes issues!

     What is it about people, what are they afraid of?  What drives them to continue to eat until they are sick and dying?  I have started to read The Pleasure Trap by Doug Lisle.  It talks about why we do the things we do.  It's because of that dang dopamine in our brains the feel good hormone.  When we eat things we shouldn't, it causes us to want more and more.  I think I have touched on this before.  Great read by the way!

     At any rate, I'm so thankful for the research I have done.  For changing my diet and feeling soooo much better!  It's a trade off like my husband says.  You either eat garbage and feel terrible, or you eat food that might take some getting used to, and feel 100% better!  I belong to an osteoarthritis group on facebook, and many times have told them if they will just change their diets things will improve.  It takes a bit for your body to detox so that you will feel better, but it will!  Most people just give up. Back to their crummy way of eating.  Isn't there a saying eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow you may die?  I would rather live a healthy life filled with family and friends and die from old age in my sleep then die from some disease that will ravage my body.  When things get tough, just keep swimming.  You may fall off the wagon from time to time, but just climb back up!


Shirley T said...

I so wish I could eat a plant-based diet,but it makes me sick. I have Crohn's Disease and most vegetables and all beans, including tofu, make me ill for hours. I've tried it,trying to get my body to adjust,but it gets worse each day until I am debilitating ill and have to go back to getting my protein from animal sources. It's too bad,but I guess plant-based isn't for everyone regardless of much the desire is there. Even a salad bothers my system for a few days. It's sad,I know, but I have accepted it. I try to stick as much as I can,to a Mediterranean diet,eating fish and some chicken and very little red meat. Dairy in small amounts.
I guess what I'm saying is, plant-based isn't always the answer to health. It depends on the individual.

naomi3 said...

Thank you for your comment. I think people need to take control of their own health, and do their own research. There are a great many issues that are making people sick. I know that people with Crohns can eat a plant based diet. You need to look into it more, get on some faeebook groups where there are issues with Crohns and email a plant based doctor. Dr. Mcdougall will return an email if you send it to this email. carol@drmcdougall.com Don't disregard this diet. There are always ways around it. Your body may be detoxing. If you email Dr. McDougall, let me know what he says.

Good luck!

naomi3 said...

Here is an article that I found on nutritionfacts.org. https://nutritionfacts.org/2012/09/13/dietary-treatment-for-crohns-disease/