Whoa, that’s quite the mouthful.

As I mentioned in my goals post, I am considering a diet change.

Most of my life, I have been a meat eater. Literally on a third grade profile assignment I listed meat as a favorite food. I love a good steak or burger. I also like chicken – fried, wings, you name it.

But – I am getting old. I know it sound silly, because “Come on Christian, you’re just turning 30”. However, I have not always taken care of myself.

From about the age of 22 to 26, I was living on my own. There were periods of time where I did not have insurance, or could not afford to eat anything other than flour tortillas and butter (and food from the kindness of strangers and friends). I also smoked, especially when I was doing food service in Yellowstone, and it was the only way I could have breaks. Let’s also mention that at other points, my diet consisted of high sodium foods such as ramen and McDonald’s, because it was what was quickly and cheaply available.

So here I am, at 29, with:

  • early onset osteoarthritis (both knees and left elbow)
  • torn meniscus (right knee)
  • asthma
  • GERD (Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease)
  • Costochondritis
  • strained rotatory cuff
  • irritable bowel syndrome

Yeah I know, it seems like a laundry list, but well you get the idea.

I have a love affair with food. I always have, even when I didn’t have a whole lot to eat. Now, being on hormones and going through a second puberty my appetite has gone through the roof. Bad Cholesterol and Heart disease are problems on both side, along with diabetes.

Long story short, a diet change might be more necessary than I thought.