For those looking for a good diet there are many out there and many of us are fighting those few pounds (or lots, in my own case!) to get back to a healthy comfortable weight. There is one weight loss program that no one needs to consider, though. In my last few years the basic stress in my life has doubled, or tripled and though until the past year there was no noticeable change in my life even though I seemed to eat more as the stress level grew. But about 9 months ago for what ever reason the reverse in size and weight began happening at a rapid pace. Add to the melting process, the fear of, “Why in the world am I losing so much?” drove the stress level up.
After consulting my doctor and having some tests done we both agreed that the loss was due to the ever present tension in my life. As I worked to eliminate that elephant in my life one thing did not change – the weight loss. It kept coming off. But off course as you work on one tension, more surface so though I felt some of the stressers going others were charging forward. As I faded down 2 full sizes and then three I began to run out of clothes to wear from my closet. Like many who change weights I had my size layers in that small space I call my closet, and all of a sudden I had almost nothing to wear. In fact until I level off, I am living in one pair of jeans and only a few shirts!
So what the in the next months and years are for me is a mystery, but instead of facing it with fear, I am beginning to face it with a sense of wonder. I mean who else can lose almost 40 pounds in 6 to 9 months (Sometimes up to five pounds a month!) at the age of 62! I am stepping into a new life at a new weight – whatever it ends up being. I am changing my diet and amounts that I use to eat to work at keeping the weight off and taking it all one step at a time! It’s a strange walk for me, but I am doing it!
Life is never easy….but if you look carefully you can always find it full of beauty that can get you through any major, or minor catastrophe!
America has become obsessed with the food from around the world and have take it to the crazy degree that fresh is king – which is great for those monied few who no matter the season can afford. I’m not mocking the craze because we all need good cooking, and veggies to our diets. Food is the center of every home, and of course we often eat boxed lunches at work. But it usually isn’t very fresh. So how can you do both? Well one way that is quite common along ALL U.S. coastlines – it’s the fabulous food trucks. If you don’t believe it check out the show Eat Street on the Cooking Network! But the small towns in the Midwest have somehow lost out on this often chef driven food that is above and beyond in taste.
So why have we missed out on this food phenomenon? One of the reasons has to be the MANY food laws that are different in both towns, cities, counties, and townships. Though there are reasons of health food laws are necessary I certainly wish they State could get together on the laws to facilitate the food trucks that populate our nations big cities! If you think I am a foodie, you’re right. Good food from all over is a great way of sharing our cultures.
The great thing about food trucks is it expands ANY local food scene and keeps all the area restaurants on their toes. So why are they seen as a passing fancy? They have certainly been around for ages as much as fast food has been and have fed people around the world. if you think of food in the Asian world you see food being sold out of little family restaurants or off carts and bicycle driven trucks. People KNOW the good ones and always frequent the very best ones.
But one of our biggest communities in West Michigan has a strong history of the food vehicle lunch. The Hispanic food found here comes from so many cultures within these communities, and I would love to see great food trucks in our business districts as well as downtown in the cities along Michigan’s West Coast. Is this a cultural need in our area? Probably not. I it something that might expand our lives as well as our tourist base? Oh, YES!