PSC Peeps: The Healthy Diet of Your Dreams

Are you living with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) and looking for a suggestion on dietary improvements? If so, there may be help navigating your options (I know there are many).

I don’t know about you, but I’m a little tired of hearing about what to eat.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not adverse to “eating healthy.” I try my best to feed myself and my family well and stick to my food budget.

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Yeah… my food doesn’t dance OR sing. But I aspire! Oh how I aspire! {Source: giphy.com]

But, sometimes, I truly get overwhelmed by the bombardment of programs, systems, and challenges combined by the very public opinion as to which is the best.

When I go to church and wait in the lobby for my children to finish religious education class, I hear about these replacement meal shakes that do x, y, and z benefits for my body and health.

My neighbor has an “Eat This, Not That” foods list that she lovingly copied and shared with me. If it’s not on the approved list, it doesn’t go in her mouth. Granted, she’s retired and has more time than I do to plan and such, but more than half the foods I feed my family are on the “naughty” list, and I really don’t have the energy to remedy this.

While talking with my girlfriend on the phone, she complains about her job and her new venture into juicing in the same breath. Almost like the negative thoughts about life and career are all resolved by her efforts to change her eating habits.

My Zumba buddy has been taking pre-prepped food to work for months. She looks fantastic and feels amazing (or so she says), and she accredits her boost in energy and well-being to her regulated food choices.

I get it; I don’t want to hear it anymore, but I get it— my food choices each day affect my health.

Eating healthy isn’t always easy, but committing to a healthy diet can be one of the smartest decisions I can ever make (or so I keep telling myself as I try to vamp up the efforts to “drink the Kool-Aid” and change).

I’ve experienced the pattern before.

I start off with the best of intentions and manage to go a few days (or even longer) with a new healthy eating initiative.

The pounds start dropping off, my energy level increases, and I start feeling pretty great.

But soon after, the bad habits start to creep back in. Before I know it, I abandon my endeavors, and I’m back to my old ways. Good intentions go “poof” in the air, and I’m left thinking “Where did at all go wrong?”

Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with healthy habits, such as eating well, exercising, and avoiding harmful substances—it all makes sense.

So, I guess I better start practicing some new mantras:

“A healthy habit is any behavior that benefits my physical, mental, and emotional health.”

Or maybe … “Eating well will make me look and feel better, it can also save me money on future health costs…”

Whatever the case, I guess I need to eat all the Swiss cake rolls in the pantry before I decide to take another stab at eating healthy. Thinking I have at least a few days before I really have to get serious.


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