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HEALTHY WEIGHT EQUALS MORE INDEPENDENT PT3

In the “HEALTHY WEIGHT EQUALS INDEPENDENCE SERIES, ” in part 2, I wrote about starting a new medicine to loosen my mouth muscles, which in turn are helping me eat healthier. I’m enjoying all the nutritious choices. In this edition, I will talk about choosing the proper diet for myself; maybe it will make others think before selecting the right nutrient plan.

Let’s start by saying it can be fun and more manageable if you partner up with a friend to keep healthy. You have someone to lean on when you’re having a tough time or celebrate when you have a significant big improvement when doing this. Everybody has different body types, nutritional issues, and needs when choosing a health plan that is right for you. 

If you follow my blog, you know it’s about life with cerebral palsy. I have a few PCA (Personal Care Attendants ), and one of the most significant areas of my daily living skills (DLS) we work on is healthy eating. One of the ways they help me is by doing meal prep and having things right on hand, so when I’m having a bad or busy day, I can grab them and 

( heat up. Doing this helps a lot when it comes to snacks because they wash and cut all my fruit and vegetables (note my house is full of zip lock bags and Rubbermaid), so I can grab and go.

Around a month or two ago, one of my PCA and I started one of those fade diets; while it worked for her, it wasn’t for me, and I gained rather than lost. With all my knowledge about eating and dieting right, I didn’t think about how every person has to pick a health plan that works for them. Yes, it is great to have someone to throw a healthy lifestyle with, but at the same time, you also have to keep in mind that each person uses energy differently.

As I was doing the same diet as my PCA, she lost weight, and I felt more sluggish and heavier. Wondering what was going on with me, my mother said I was gaining weight. We talked about what I was doing wrong and how what was happening was I was storing fat because I wasn’t eating the way I should. It started making me think I couldn’t lose weight, but who I am, I never give up. 

All these years of trying to eat healthily, never down on me; I was never looking up if was a special nutritional diet for people with cp. People had always looked at me differently when I told them I couldn’t eat this. Thinking; I only said that because I didn’t want to try anything new, they didn’t understand, and I didn’t fully understand either. In all my years researching cp, I never honestly looked into the dietary needs of someone with cp. I started to. I always knew why I had difficulty eating, chewing, and swallowing from the weakness of the cp but never indeed took the time to understand why. There is a lot to read about cp and nutrition: After spending a year understanding my mental health as an everyday person and a person with a physical disability. (note: cp is not a mental disability at all. However, it’s challages people with cp face in life that may affect a person mentally because your physical body will limit you in life. While mentally making you think that you might not achieve things in life. When a person with cp can achieve and feel, they put their mind. I can go on and on, but that is another subject)

In my next area of cp, I need to educate myself about nutrition; something about me that you should know is that when I genuinely quest things in life, I try to educate myself. Having cp can be a big challenge for me, so I try to educate myself, but I will be open-minded because the cp may affect me one way, but for someone with cp, it may affect them in another way.

When you have cp, you will burn up to 3-5 times more energy, so you need to eat more protein, grains, greens, healthy fats, and calcium. 93% of the cp community will have issues with eating and will benefit from nutritional counseling. (Cerebralpalsy.org). As I discover, going on a fad health kick won’t be much good for someone with CP. Now it’s back to square one for me. As much as I need to lose weight, it’s all about eating healthy and knowing what will fill me up and what will just become empty calories.

See you next time on “HEALTHY WEIGHT EQUALS INDEPENDENCE.”

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