As you know from my past posts, I must lose 20 pounds to get back surgery. The dietitian suggested I drink protein shakes to help curb hunger and to fill me up on a fifteen-minute break at work. She sent me recipes in an email with a packet of information. A year ago, my friend Amy mailed me a Ziplock bag of powder protein, a cup with a lid, and a hand mixer. I tucked it away in a drawer. I had no idea what to use it for until now. I was eager to try them out.
I found one recipe that called for sparkling water and berries. I had fresh blueberries in the fridge, a case of sparkling water, and the protein powder. I went to work. I mixed the berries, half a can of sparkling water, a scoop of protein powder, and a handful of blueberries. The cup Amy gave me wasn’t big enough for the mixer to fit in, so I put it in a bigger plastic cup. I mixed it up and poured it into the cup. I took a sip and it was delicious.
I put it in the refrigerator to take to work the next day. I couldn’t wait to drink it on my break. I was excited to see if it would keep me from craving all the wrong foods. Later that night I reached in the refrigerator for some cheese and the cup tumbled out. The delicious shake spread across my kitchen floor. My dog, Esther, raced over and started licking it up. I cleaned up what she didn’t get.
I sat down with my cheese and she was sitting at my feet with those cute beady eyes begging me to feed her. I gave her a small piece and she swallowed it in a second. Then she was back to begging for more. Obviously, the shake did not stop my dog’s hunger. Would it work better on me?
After I ate my cheese, I got it in my head to make another shake. One way or another I would have a shake to take to work. This time I’ll put it where I can’t knock it over. After I mixed the ingredients together, I started to pour it in the cup and totally missed. It spilled out all over my counter like lava. Except this lava was blue and it was turning everything I had on my counter blue. I let out a scream. Esther sat near the edge of the counter with hopes that some of it would drip on the floor.
I shook my head and looked down at her. “Do you ever stop eating? Wasn’t my first shake enough for you?”
She just looked at me with those beady eyes clueless to my frustration.
What the heck, I’ll give it a try again. My third shake tuned out great and the next day I enjoyed it at work, but my shake saga wasn’t over. A few days later I bought blueberries and blackberries to make another shake. This time I put it in a water bottle that was sealed. I took it to work and put it in the refrigerator in the break room.
My husband came for my break and he brought me a salad. I took my shake from the refrigerator and sat down. I popped open the spout and the shake exploded like a rocket up into my face and down over my shirt. I was dripping with a mixture of blueberries, blackberries, sparkling water, and protein powder. It even covered my glasses. At least I smelled good. My husband attempted to muffle a laugh.
The tragic tale of my attempts to make protein shakes didn’t stop me. I have tried out several recipes and have enjoyed them. While the shake didn’t help my dog, it does help me keep from being so hungry. I have stuck to my new diet even at restaurants. I have shaken up my diet literally with protein shakes, smaller portions, and healthier meals. It does cost more, but I can’t afford not to eat healthier foods. I need the back surgery to reduce my pain, but also to continue to improve my health mentally and physically. My quality of life is more important than money.
It is expensive to eat healthy. Anything that is good for you is costly and all the stuff that isn’t good for you, like chips and cookies, is cheaper. So, you could argue that you can’t afford to eat healthily, but my question is, “Can you afford to eat unhealthily?” Unhealthy eating affects you not only physically, but mentally. Can you afford to risk your mental and physical health on foods that are bad for you?
If you are avoiding eating healthily because it’s too expensive, ask yourself, “Can I afford to put my physical and mental health aside? Is my body and mind worth the extra expense?” Your body and mind deserve to be taken care of properly. Nurture them with healthy meals and exercise. Make eating healthily one of your goals towards reaching recovery.
Eating healthier foods is shaking up my life and making me stronger physically and mentally. I am sure I will lose the twenty pounds and get the surgery I need. I am standing in the light stronger and more determined.