As Mom has gotten older, she doesn’t get as much exercise so when eating increases, there is no real counter measure in place to get rid of the weight. She has put on about five pounds since her last doctor visit, so it’s back to a stricter diet.
Now, winter tends to be a time to put on a bit more weight – more carbohydrates and starches than fresh fruits. We tend to eat more sweets. There are holidays and curling up in cuddly blankets while watching old movies and drinking hot chocolate (with a cookie or two). There are boxes of candy … they were gifts … it would be rude not to eat them!
Oscar, of course, is no help. He eats treats all the time and doesn’t gain an ounce — in fact, he lost a little weight prior to getting his teeth cleaned.
Since spring is here now, Mom and I are now trying to eat better – back to chicken and veggies and fruits. Broccoli, asparagus, peas, apples, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, bananas, and so on. Smaller portions on the plate. Occasional small serving of pasta or potatoes rather than as daily fare. And, of course, rationing of ice cream.
This latter point is a bone of contention. Mom loves ice cream, sometimes with chocolate sauce and a little whipped cream. We are now on a once-a-week basis, which seems to work, but feels a little stingy after the winter season’s plentiful supply. This time of year is a little challenging – the apples aren’t quite as good as they were and the berries are not quite as good as they will be. The bananas seem to turn faster and the oranges are a little less sweet. But ice cream is unchanging … it’s always there and yummy … providing stability in chaotic times.
So, we are transitioning back to healthy and, truth be told, we both feel better. It’s nice when dinner is a little lighter and the plate more colorful. As summer approaches and the local organic fruits and vegetables become more readily available, it will be easier to replace the ice cream and cookies and candy with dessert in the form of berries and citrus.
Of course, when it’s hot, there’s nothing like ice cream ….