Purposeful Eating

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Last week we had a Patient Appreciation Day at the office to celebrate one year of service to families in our new office. At this party we provided gluten free cup cakes that were incredible. Unfortunately, there were leftovers, so I took one for the team and brought them home. One day later, and several of the left over cup cakes gone, I made a statement to the lovely Ann. I said, “I did you a favor and ate most of those cup cakes so you wouldn’t have to.” As quick and witty as she is, she replied, “You aren’t doing me any favors if you die before me.”

Reality struck, as she hit me where it counts. I strongly believe that people need a purpose behind eating clean and living a healthy lifestyle. My purpose is that I want to be there for the people I love both now and many years in the future. I want to be able to run and jump with my family and live life to the fullest with young family and friends. But, letting my weaknesses get the best of me won’t allow me to be there for them.

Those of you who know me well have probably heard that my weakness is sweets. In fact, it’s a family weakness. My mother’s side of the family owned and operated an old German Bakery in Quincy, Illinois for 4 generations. Because of this, I always tell people I was raised on pastries. I could easily eat a batch of cookies in one sitting & I’ve even been nicknamed “Cake Eater” by a few of my closest friends.

To combat this weakness I typically have three lines of defense.  First, I typically keep sweets out of my house. If sweets are in the house they will be eaten. One by one, I will rummage through the kitchen over several hours munching on the quickest thing I can grab. My second line of defense is to share everything I have with other people, because again if it’s at home, I’m going to eat it. Third and most important, I consciously create a daily awareness of why I live my life the way I do. I don’t do it for me. I do it for the people I love and serve, because they need me, they rely on me. As Ann stated, I’m not doing her any favors if I die before her.