We have always loved food in my house and, thankfully, my mom has not reached the stage of her illness, where she doesn’t want to eat. In the past, we ate out a lot, but between my mom’s stamina not being what it used to be, trying to be better budgeters and wanting to focus on brain and heart healthy meals, we’ve been eating in a lot more.
It’s actually turned out to be pretty great, because I’ve rediscovered my love of cooking and trying new recipes I used to do that a lot, but somewhere along the line when I was working a corporate job with heinous hours, I stopped and we started going out and eating blah convenience foods more and more. Because my mom is German and I actually like having my bigger meal earlier in the day, we’ve adopted a semi-German way of eating, where we usually eat our big meal at noon, then have something lighter in the evenings. I find that it gives me a lot more energy for the day and I snack less, which is helps with my lifelong Battle of the Bulge.
Today, we had an experimental breakfast, which turned out to be pretty good — Low-Carb Toad in a Hole. Instead of frying your egg in bread, you bake it in an avocado with salt and garlic and cheese. It was pretty tasty. We had ours with a side of berries, which made for a really brain healthy way to start the day. With my mom’s illness having a genetic component, that is something that is becoming more and more important to me as I level up. I’ve got a big birthday coming up in March and want to keep my mind sharp for not just as long as I can, but forever. Having seen my mom’s illness up close, it’s not something I’d wish on my worst enemy, let alone myself. You can’t go through life thinking the worst is going to happen, but you can make good choices and I am doing my best with mine.