Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Sweeter with Age
Like wine not only do we get better with age but apparently we get sweeter too. That's right. That is what my recent blood test indicated, anyway. I have joined the ranks of middle aged, overweight, hypertensive and diabetic population. How exciting.
It is a shock to come to terms with the reality of aging. I can't be so arrogant about my youth anymore. I can't take for granted that I will always be healthy and fit without trying. Those days are gone. The partying days, although they've been shelved for a while, always held the promise of possibly being relived again when the children are older. That's gone too.
Maybe it was auspicious that I've had this terrible cough and had to lay off smoking for the past week. Now that I received word of my deteriorating body, I might as well continue with the cessation. I think those vices (smoking, sedentary lifestyle, and sugar) I can easily give up for the sake of keeping healthy for a few more years, many if I'm lucky.
The hardest thing for me to give up will be food. Starches to be more precise. Food in all its forms and glory is my lasting vice and passion. I don't think it will ever go away. Although I have never been one to crave sweets on a regular basis, I do have occasional violent cravings for it. I think that will be manageable though. The ones that I will have more trouble with is on cutting the salt (I love salty snacks and well-seasoned dishes), cutting back on the fat (I'm just partial to fatty cuts of meat as I believe that is where all the flavor is) and cutting down on the portions.
I have never been one to use dietary products. I have always said if I can't have the real thing I'd rather not have it at all. I think I am still of that belief so you won't be seeing artificial sweeteners or low fat stuff on my food blog. I'll just be cutting them out...OR NOT. Help me!!
I really am sweeter now that I'm older....but aging still sucks!