Amazing Changes with my family now

By monkeymama Latest Reply 2010-11-04 19:46:04 -0500
Started 2010-10-29 21:35:43 -0500

We were having a discussion on our way home from dinner; with our oldest daughter. For which she has a combined type of eating disorder. She was having her first easting out challenge and we were seeing how she was feeling after. She was saying how fuller she was beginning to feel now compared to before and we were explaining to her why she was feeling this change. My husband was also saying since I have changed how we portion control his foods, he is eating less food now. My husband was praising me for my efforts in trying to get our family to eat healthier by controlling how much we were eating at one time and the things we are now eating. We were a family that was eating "too much" and overloading our plated full of food. Portions that any dietician would be ashamed to see. We are eating smaller portions and more often. I have my family eating 3 simple and balanced meals, 3 healthy snacks, and a occasional special snack/dessert. I've been learning through my oldest daughters treatments how to also place balance with the food guide pyramid. It has been an amazing journey for all of us. I am introducing new flavors and healthier recipes/meals now. I've gone through my recipes books and made some changes there as well. The results have been miraculous: my oldest has put on healthy weight (she was too thin), my husband and I are getting our weights down to a healthy level, my middle daughters cholesterol is taking a awesome change, and now our hopes with our little guy. I am showing my family we can still have but use the plating method and healthier choices while we are eating. There is still much to learn but I am so happy we are on the right track as a family now. It warms my heart!!! Here's to more wonderful things ahead for us…

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Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2010-11-02 15:52:15 -0500 Report


Congratulations! Wow, what an inspiration you and your family are.

So often, the family member with diabetes feels misunderstood, while family members don't know what to do or say to be supportive. By making sure everyone is educated, and being willing to talk, and work together, what could have seemed like a major limitation (and all too often considered the diabetic's "problem"), has become an opportunity for healthy eathing, with everyone experiencing the benefit. You said the magic words in the first line of your post: "we had a discussion."

You are truly fortunate to have such a supportive family.

Thank you!

monkeymama 2010-11-04 16:38:12 -0500 Report

Hello there Dr. Gary! These changes were not really based on the "support" factor rather a change I instilled within the home for everyones best interest. To get them to go along with the changes, I had to allow them to pick 2 things each I would not change; within reason though. Besides having a support system here, I am my own support person in my home. I know this sounds odd but it is very true. I have to stand my ground when those guys want to try to tell me "oh you can have this…" and it is not just them either.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2010-11-04 19:46:04 -0500 Report

I got it! You are taking some control here and making sure that everyone in the house is eating a healthy diet. Excellent! It sounds like they are already seeing the results. And your aren't letting them tempt you back into bad habits. I think what often don't realize is that a diabetic-friendly diet is also really healthy. Sounds like great strategy!

RAYT721 2010-10-31 06:10:48 -0500 Report

It is always refreshing to hear positive responses from members who go through challenges and find accomplishments. Your testimonial is proof that unless things change, they stay the same. Keep up the good work not only in changing your lives but in changing our lives as well. Thank you.

jayabee52 2010-10-30 01:49:00 -0500 Report


Glad things are going better for your family. "I love it when a plan comes together" (Leader of the A-Team)

Continued blessings to you and yours!


monkeymama 2010-10-30 11:55:30 -0500 Report

Thank you James! It is like the A-Team in my house except this mom is the leader in this A-Team and without this leader, we all fall to the wrong direction. In due time, the rest of it will all fall into place for my family. Many blessings to you as well!

Guardianstone 2010-10-29 22:01:55 -0500 Report

I am so happy for your family. Does anyone mzke recommendations? Does anyone help prepare meals? Do your kids cook or want to learn?
Creating their own meals can help them learn what they can do. It's like a craft project for the kitchen.
Go girl! Thats a great win.
Guardian stone
BTW - Welcome to DC.

monkeymama 2010-10-29 23:06:41 -0500 Report

My kids are learning and helping with preparing meals. In fact, my middle daughter has a very wonderful gift for cooking and is hoping to become a famous chef when she grows up. She is very gifted and talented in the kitchen. When I do meal planning, I get my kids to help in making them. Along with giving them choices to chose from and encouraging my kids to try new things. I am actually expanding my kinds learning in the kitchen. I am making sure my kids are learning how to read labels and what to look for as well (except for a few things with my oldest daughter for now but will very soon). I want my kids to learn to love and enjoy food in a healthy way through taste and quality; and portion while doing this.

Guardianstone 2010-10-30 00:17:24 -0500 Report

You are very smart. I was worried if you were doing all the cooking that you would feel like a kitchen drudge.
Sorry I'm listening to Anne McCaffrey's dragon riders series. Kitchen drudges are dull listless unintelligent people. Don't let that happen to you.
I knew there was a good use for si/fi.
Enjoy, rejoyce and good health for all.
Gods love
Guardian stone

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