WHen I was a child, I was told to eat everying that was on my plate.
I was given a sandwich (with white bread) or two with plenty of Mayo and cheese and meat, no lettuce (as it would wilt).
I would come home and for a snack, I ate chips, cookies, candy, drank soda and all the OJ I wanted.
For dinner, we would always start off with soup, but then it was mashed potatoes, some kind of meat, alot of bread (its a cultrual thing), cheeses, and Koolaide to wash it down.
As I got older, more meat, more fried foods. More chilli,
I moved out of my parents house and I ate out of cans. Boxes. lots of bread and pastas.
Lots of meat, a steak evey night. No vegtables came in the door.
No watching my size unless you count that I was seeing that I was growing by leaps and bounds.
One day, a doctor tells me that I am diabetic.
Now at this point in my life, I am learning to eat healthier, Take better care of myself.
After a surpirse like this, how am I to feel about my growing up and what I was taught as a youngster?
There are lot of yourngsters out there that are ticking time bombs ready to go off.
Why was I not taught to eat healthier when I was younger?
Why was I not taught the danger of not taking better care of myself?
Was I taught these things and I chose not to listen to them, as If i was wearing blinders?
Who is going to teach this current generation to take better care of themselves?
The next generation?
It took diabetes for me to start taking car of myself.
By then, it was too late. The damadge was already done.
I dont think young poeple today think anything like this can happen to them.
They are superman, wonderwoman, and the incredible hulk all wrapped into one.
Nothing can penetrate their defenses, untill one day, they are sitting in a doctors office, and they hear those words "you have diabetes".
I feel at a loss for this generation.
Diabetes is growning in portion to the size (literaly) of the population.
I am one voice. How do I get my message out there.
At this moment, all I can do is take care of myself and thank god I, If I take care of myself, will not be more of a burden on society then I currently am (which is currently nil).
Sorry for my rant and rave, but am I to feel like this is a loss cause?
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