As all health-conscious people know, they live by 80/20. 80% healthy/clean eating, 20% work out. ( at less than 30 mins 3x a week of an elevated heartbeat.) As a person with cp, it is essential to have both. When I wrote the first peace on Health, Weight equals more independence ( https://sixlegtoindependentlifefromawalker.com/2021/10/03/healthy-weight-equals-more-independence/). I never thought people would enjoy it so much, so I thought I would and to it. Then I thought this could be a series of “HEALTH WEIGHT EQUAL MORE INDEPENDENCE.”
If you have read any of my other blogs, they’re all about making myself more independent, and keeping a healthy weight is a big one; it can be tricky because of cerebral palsy. In this blog, I will explain how my cp interferes with maintaining a healthy eating lifestyle. Often, people think that I use the excuse of my cp because I might like or want to try new foods, which is not valid. I’m Italian. I love to eat, but having cp can be a nuisance when It comes to texture, chewing, and swallowing.
If you don’t know what, cerebral palsy “is a group disorder that affects people’s ability to move and maintain balance and posters. Cp is the most common motor disability” As
most people know with cp, the muscle very weak all of the body, but people do not think about the throat area. Throat weakness has always been an issue for me, making me not eat as healthy as possible. When I eat anything, it can’t cook well, and to undercook, it’s a texture thing for me. I’m not sure what I can or can’t eat. It is just trial and era. Do I try and I enjoy it, or do I try it? Am I going to choke on it? The worse is when I’m hurrying, my whole body shuts down, and my muscle just won’t work.
Growing up and still knowing everything goes down easier with apple sauce, mayo, mashed potatoes, or something to disguise the texture of things. I also feel terrible because I know I can handle primarily carbohydrates, which is not good. It’s not that I want to eat like this; it’s just comfortable and safe. Plus, I’m Italian, and you know any Italian enjoy their food. Then again, eating Italian has been an issue for me because of the texture of the food.
My muscle’s tightness/spasm can often make my day-to-day life challenging. In the past 20 years, I have been on a muscle relaxer for my tightness/spasm, but as I get older, I get more tightness/spasm, so I need to add something more to help. I tried a few rounds of botox; you may ask why botox? Before botox was for cosmetic reasons, botox was invented for people with neurological disabilities such as cp, ms, and more. Botox helps loosen and relax the muscles. I tried botox a few times, but I got horrible migraines. One of the places they would inject the botox was on the jawline; this would help relax my jaw for a short time ( botox lasts about three months), and then my muscles become tight.
Now that I take this new drug once a day, my muscles tightness doesn’t limit how long it will last. It feels good to know I have more of a range of food to try.
Next time on “HEALTH WEIGHT EQUAL MORE INDEPENDENCE,” I would like to talk about how having great physical work can aid in more independence.