Having grown up with an ill father, diagnosed with diabetes when I was very young and happened to know; and also to be aware of it in my teenage age, affected my way of living.
I grew up in a house where what you eat mattered. My mom was very particular about our diet. Although by profession, she was a home economics teacher; and wellness and nutrition was her passion. She was very particular about our meals at home and now my dad’s situation made things worse for her. We could not just eat everything, she changed the diet for all of us so that we can eat healthy meals daily in support of my dad. Without realizing that she was training us in a certain direction, but we later realized and we are thankful to that.
My meals are always colorful with veggies and everything nutritious. I don’t comprise when it comes to that. My husband and kids know that even though they hate it but in every meal we should have all the carbs, fat, protein and vitamins. Eating two veggies and protein all the time, we ensure that we are covered and not compromising anything.
Drinking water is also another emphasis im my health. When I look back, I realized that I started this journey way back when I was 15 years old. I remember I begin doing road works (as in jogging) to boost my physique. We were told that my father was going to die as he was in always in and out of hospitals, most of the times very ill and sometimes we were not sure that he will make it. But by His grace he lived until when I was 36 years, where he lost his life after being being amputated the second leg. This is what we lived with since my teenage years.
Health, nutrition and wellness matters to me the most because the struggles that my father and the rest of my family went through taught me a lot. I know for that this area in my life I don’t compromise. I push to live healthily daily and this is my journey I vow to walk and finish.
Sometimes struggles changes us for a good course. Life is a blessing and how you choose to live it is a choice. I made this choice and I don’t regret at any moment to have ever chosen it. Today I can proudly say that I am not scared of diabetes like I was before. Like a chronic disease, you can choose to conquer it than being defeated. This is my teachings to my children every day. They can choose to win or lose, heredity is not all an ultimate answer.
Believe in what you doing right; continue doing the right thing and in the end you will reap what you been sowing