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CLAIRE IN THE COUNT Y YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT


LIVE 24-SEVEN


YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT


…FOOD FOR THOUGHT! Its only now, as I get older, that I realise a lot of the sayings that my mother came up with were actually true! You are what you eat. An apple a day keeps the doctor away and so on...


64 Claire Thayers


I have to confess right here, I lost my mother at the young age of 62 and as a newly married 21-year-old, it was a shock, she was so healthy and fit, but rather than advise myself to ‘take care of myself’, I took the opposite view…GO FOR IT! I thought, “You’re only on this earth once, so put the foot to the metal and just enjoy life” with the mantra “I would rather be on my death bed regretting the things that I did do, than the things I didn’t”. I do stand by that (in spite of two divorces!) but why didn’t I have a more sensible view on eating? I thought, “You’re going to die anyway, so enjoy food to the max” and I have, I REALLY have!


My diet mostly consisted of black coffee (with sugar!) and chocolate. I never drank water as I hated the taste and when asked I would reply, “Water! Gosh no…fish have sex in it, can’t possibly drink it” and laughed (well I thought it was funny and a good cop out!). I never ate a piece of fruit and the thought of snacking on a carrot was hilarious! My saving grace was the fact that I love cooking and I have always cooked, from scratch, good food for the girls…but in the day, as I tore around the UK in my little mini doing my day job, stressed, working long hours, missing lunch breaks, I thought it was okay to survive on caffeine and sugar highs…until a recent visit to the doctor!


I was late for a meeting, irritated that the surgery was full and hating the thought of bloods being taken, but I did it begrudgingly and left in a rush. The results however left me in a more sober frame of mind.


‘I’m afraid, Mrs Thayers, you have Type 2 diabetes’. I had no idea and had none of the signs that we are told about…and I mean NONE!


I sat in the car to collect my thoughts in what I can only describe as a haze. I quickly decided there and then that I wasn’t afraid of dying, but the thought of my girls having to take care of me after a stroke, or losing a leg, simply terrified me! If I could have rewound the years there and then I would have.


WHY didn’t I heed those wise words; “An apple a day” – yes, five pieces of fruit a day makes good sense. “You are what you eat”, well if that were true, I was a Dairy Milk blob with Starbucks running through my veins.


Sitting here with my early morning hot water and lemon… about to tuck into my grapefruit, with my multi vits., cod liver oil and black seed capsules, I can happily report that since starting my healthy eating regime I have astounded the doc and I’m now, in theory, pre-diabetic and a lot lighter than I was. I vow never to return to my old ways, ever.


But there is one saying that I dispute, as this Old dog has learnt some new tricks!


Claire Thayers Claire Thayers & Associates 07870 632093


LIVE24-SEVEN.COM


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