Trying to be healthier… paso a pasito.

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

– Michael Pollan. “Food Rules: A Eater’s Manual”

If on January 1st you made the resolution to eat healthier this year and you just realized it’s February 15th …welcome to my world. Yes, I’ll admit I’m not one to preach about healthy habits, losing weight or having the willpower to resist chocolate chip cookies, but I admit lately I am obsessed with being healthier and taking care of myself. (Or at least obsessed with research on healthy things while I put them into action..hey I’m honest!)

If this is something that interests you as well, here’s a couple of mentions that are noteworthy:

Last week, Oprah had a show about Diabetes with Dr. Oz that made me stop in my tracks and finally understand the damage sugar does to out bodies. Dr. Oz explained it with cool graphics and in plain English, in a way that even kids would get the message.

If you missed it, here’s a link to a similar article by Dr. Oz on the Huffington Post . Or you can always go to to look for it. Oprah says she wanted to do this show because African Americans suffer from this disease at an epidemic rate, as well as Hispanics. I guess I don’t have to tell you that we all have family members or know of someone with the disease, so the statistics must be right: From 1990 to 2000, there was an increase of 61% of adults with Diabetes living in the US. (from the American Diabetes Association.) It more than doubled in ten years!

I forwarded the article to my family so hopefully they read it and understand it (and stop drinking sodas!! please) but I guess I should lead by example…right?

So today I went to the supermarket with my beautiful grandmother, mi Mama Lilia, and took note of everything she bought. She is turning 91 this year, mostly cooks everything she eats and is doing pretty well generally for someone her age, which I find remarkable. (Of course, she also has a sweet tooth and loves cakes, cookies and chocolate, so there’s room for improvement!)

Here’s a picture of a few of the things she got today: notice a pattern?

All green and all good: from the supermaket today: chile verde, nopales, lentejas verdes, peras, brocoli, piña, limones, gengibre, repollitos verdes y espárragos.

So no promises out loud, just to myself. I’ll try to be greener, healthier and a little more conscious of what I eat this week…for starters, lunch today it was lentil soup with tomato, onion and chilito verde. Muy buena!

Here’s the link to the New York Times article “Rules Worth Following, For Everyone’s Sake” based on Mr. Pollan’s book.

I guess it’s not too late to change and we owe it to our bodies, so we can keep going. Don’t you think?

2 thoughts on “Trying to be healthier… paso a pasito.

  1. Amigaaaaa, qué bueno que estés haciendo cambios!. We´re not getting younger, right?. Haré lo mismo, aunque como relativamente bien, pero siempre se puede mejorar. Por lo pronto, no más carne y más verduras. Besos.

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