I've always been fairly conscientious about my diet, but have lost over 40 pounds by learning to eat a little differently from Africa. I eat fish, fresh vegetables and fresh fruits, some grains, nuts and eggs. There are some healing foods that I'm learning to increase in my diet, including dark leafy greens, Greek yogurt, most legumes, and of course, more fish and nuts.
I'm also trying very hard NOT to be a work-aholic. During the holidays, my custom cooking company was incredibly busy (for which I'm grateful); however, I also paid for it with a major increase in pain level! I guess, I WAS just taking many things for granted.
As my Tanzanian friends kept saying, "Mama P - you're like a used car: you have health problems, you go to America and get new body parts, then return to your adopted home in Africa!" The pattern for me really was like that - a joint fell apart, I had it replaced, then returned to Africa. That WAS the good news, but with my onset of severe back problems, my life changed rather suddenly. My life has changed again, and this time, for the better. I do know that I have SOME limitations, but I also have a new attitude - I'm being pro-active in my health. I probably will be unable to return to Africa due to the long flights, but I can finally begin photographing many more things in the US on shorter trips, such as the upcoming sandhill crane migrations. I'm working with a publisher to finally complete my two books as well. I'm incredibly greatful for all of the help and suggestions from my very special friends. My life continues to follow my philosophy: I Have Arthritis, It Doesn't Have Me - WATCH ME!
A favorite Masaii saying, "People will come and go in your life, but only true friends can make footprints in your heart."
Asante Sana for all of those footprints,