Angela’s Corner: Eating HealthyAngela Banker
I cannot deny my sugar tooth.Â I wish I could, but I really canâ€™t.Â I was raised with sweets.Â As a kid, I remember asking to ride my bike to the local market to get some candy.Â Stopping for gas as a teenager and going inside for a small piece of candy or a soda was normal.Â Unfortunately, that has also extended into adulthood where I often find myself desiring a sweet treat.
When I was diagnosed with my cancer, I made sure I started to work on eliminating those treats.Â Eating more cleanly was the plan.Â It was the plan for a better life, a chance to regain the upper-hand on my health.Â Especially after hearing cancer can feed off of sugar and soy helps bond estrogen to cancer cells.
I was good for a year.Â One year of eating the best I had eaten in many years.Â And then, my sister and grandmother had their diagnoses.Â I started to cope with my feelings by eating.Â I reverted back to the sweets I worked so hard at eliminating.Â With those extra empty calories I was consuming, I put on weight.Â Enough weight to gain fifteen pounds.Â I feel like Iâ€™m back at college â€“ gaining the â€śfreshman 15.â€ťÂ Fifteen pounds really isnâ€™t much, but for my petite size, itâ€™s more than my body can handle.Â I have more aches and pains.Â I have a hip problem that just doesnâ€™t want to go away.Â Iâ€™m not sleeping well at night (which has often been the norm, but Iâ€™m waking up more tired than normal.)
Today, Iâ€™m starting over.Â Iâ€™m taking my health back . . . again.Â Those sugary sweets and drinks are now no longer allowed.Â Iâ€™m sticking to the all-natural food products: meats, fruits, and veggies.Â Iâ€™m shopping the outer aisles of the grocery store.Â Gas stops are just for gas, not food.Â Itâ€™s way past time to take my cancer diagnoses and fix my life.Â I want to be here for the long haul.Â I want to show my daughter that eating healthy is a way of life â€“ especially since she seems to have inherited my sweet tooth.Â If I can stop cancer from coming back in my body, or help eliminate it from my daughterâ€™s future, than I need to do this.
Why am I telling you this?Â Accountability.Â If Iâ€™m not telling the world, then thereâ€™s a great chance I wonâ€™t be as successful as I want to be.Â My health is more important to me after these past few family cancer diagnoses and now is the time to make that happen.
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