I first learned about Food Is Medicine around 2017 from my doctor. She thought I would be a good candidate since I was dealing with diabetes and I’d had a stroke. She referred me to a class and said just give it a try. I’ve been coming ever since.
Food Is Medicine is inspirational. Before the doctor informed me about this group, I felt alone in dealing with my health problems. I didn’t want to share the things I was going through. I realized that there are people here with problems just like me, and there’s strength in numbers.
We share with one another. We’re a community. I didn’t expect that. I found that people really care and want to see you do better, and that makes you want to do better for yourself. I wish I could have started sooner.
The program made me more aware of what I was eating and drinking. I was eating a lot of sugar and a lot of fried food. I drank two or three sodas a day. I was killing myself. I’ve totally turned that around. I’m not saying that every now and then I don’t eat a piece of fried chicken. But now I’m more aware, and I say, “Do I really need this?” Now I eat enough to get full and then cut it off. I didn’t have that discipline before.
My daughter does a lot of cooking for me and her two children, ages 12 and 17. Together we come up with healthy ideas, and it helps her and her kids eat better, so they don’t have to go through some of the health problems I’ve had that might be in their genes.
I told my daughter and grandchildren that they should be here as long as they can, so they need to take care of their bodies and eat the right food. Now I’m leaving a legacy of health.