This is a topic I have touched on before, but one that continues to challenge me. I know that Parkinson’s at some point leads to weight loss, but at the moment my issue is quite the reverse.
Some of it is ‘comfort eating’ because we have had a very stressful time of it over the past few months. Partly also, because we are living in temporary rented accommodation and a lot of my kitchen equipment is still packed up, meals are basic, quick meals using minimal equipment. That often means the meals are not that healthy.
It’s a struggle for me to know what to do. Quite frankly, it’s a struggle to get into some of my clothes too! I hope that as life settles down again – we will soon be in our own home again – and we have all my kitchen gear unpacked and I have more freedom to cook, that we will get back on the straight and narrow dietwise. However, there remains the psychological effect of knowing that eventually keeping weight on is likely to become an issue. So, part of me thinks that having a bit of extra weight right now is not maybe such a bad thing?? But, for my general health and wellbeing – and the ability to have clothes that fit – having the extra weight is not such a good thing! A bit of a dilemma. Leading into Christmas doesn’t help and it is always challenging for most of us to resist the many delectable offerings in the ‘silly season’.
So, what conclusion have I come to? I really am not sure. I don’t like to use the word ‘should’ as I feel it is too value laden. However, it is likely that it would be in my best interests in terms of general health to eat better and lose at least some of this extra weight. Once we have all the equipment to hand in our new house to more easily put together healthy meals that will help. It is a bit of an excuse though, so perhaps I should challenge myself to eat healthier, be more mindful of my food choices and maybe remain healthier for longer by doing so!
The battle continues….