Oh happy day! I’m sitting in the hospital with my little sister, she just had a kidney transplant and is doing great. This has been a long long time coming and we are so grateful. It’s a new life for this sweet little 16-year-old!
So it’s been almost three weeks since things clicked and we decided to drastically change Brielle’s diet. I’m excited to write an update on it! I feel like I’ve disappeared off the face of the earth because I’m taking an Instagram break and have been totally off the grid. Who knows, if I continue to like it as much as I do now we just might break-up permanently. So far I’m loving this new Insta-free Sarah.
For example, old Sarah would sip this (my delicious homemade chicken bone broth, not currently in my hand, this is from last week) and I would take a picture of it and post it to Instagram. I would take my time constructing the perfect caption, posting it, and then proceed to scroll mindlessly through hundreds of other similar images.
By the time I was done with all that racket I would look down and my broth would either be gone (consumed distractedly) or cold. Then the process would start over again with something else. Another post about another topic, another moment instagramed away.
New Sarah just sits there, and sips. Hot rich flavor with a hint of lime and fish sauce. enjoying every taste… for real enjoys it, not just hashtag “#enjoylife.” What a zoo. Anyway, like I said, all that’s for another post!
Back to our clean eating journey. There have been plenty of ups and downs but here we are, (yesterday) with Brielle standing in the kitchen watching Brenden season a big hunk o’ ribs saying: “Let’s cook it!!”
Do my ears deceive me?? In the end she preferred the smoked chicken over the ribs, but still, it’s huge progress. Three weeks ago she wouldn’t touch chicken unless it was in nugget form.
And she ate Chili the other day. Chili. With a blob of sour cream in it. This is a huge deal for so many reasons.
1) The beef. Three weeks ago she wouldn’t taste it except for a couple times in spaghetti sauce. Now she eats beef tacos, meatballs, and now Chili!
2) The mixing together of things totally weirds her out. So eating chili, (beans, tomatoes, onions, corn, beef, spices, etc.) all together is just way out there.
3) Chili is my favorite go-to meal and the fact that all four of us are finally on board with it just calls for a celebration.
There have been so many positive results from just being consistent in this area. My health is benefiting from it too. We used to always find a reason for a “treat,” now we have to find other ways to entertain ourselves, reward ourselves, pacify ourselves. It’s stretching us and growing us in ways I never imagined it would! And what started as a pretty exhausting uphill climb is starting to feel more like a lifestyle.
Once Brielle got used to the fact that this was the new normal and there wasn’t a treat hiding behind every corner she decided to start really participating. And the more she participated the more she realized there wasn’t anything to be scared of. It’s amazing how much her confidence increased just by her ability to try new things. She’s like a whole “nother” (as Michael says) person.
And of course we have treats. But they are thought out and planned for, and not nearly as frequent as they used to be. And dare I say we enjoy them more. Way more. Because they really are “treats,” and not just everyday occurrences. Yesterday after dinner we had this:
Ridiculous ice cream sandwiches made with Tate’s chocolate chip cookies and vanilla ice cream. Michael thought it up. And Brielle requested a root beer float. They ended up having both, because in the end I’m still a pushover. And I wanted both too.
We still have days where it’s like pulling teeth and I have to remember that this isn’t something we will ever be finished with. I need to just try to take it slow and steady. It’s a new life of making one good food decision after the other and teaching them to do the same.
Excited about a new week of trying new foods!