"But was it organic ketchup?"
That was the straw that broke the camel's back for me as far as diet was concerned.
I'd been visiting an alternative medical clinic, trying to get help for adrenal fatigue. While I got better for a time, the place ended up loading me up with supplements (I was taking TWENTY-TWO different supplements at one point) and insisting that I eat organic food. I was told I needed to eat berries for breakfast, and not just any berries--specifically, blueberries and blackberries (strawberries didn't count.) I needed to eat more protein (not bad advice) and go low-carb--and was also told at one point to go "no-carb", which turned out to be impossible. The point the doc was trying to make about the organic ketchup was the amount of sugar in the ketchup.
The diet advice was good, as far as it went. But that was not the first time I'd been told to "go organic". When I said to the person that I couldn't afford it, I was told, "Well, it's better for you in the long run." No mention was made of how much it cost.
I'm dealing with a lot of stress right now. It seems like there is still so much on my plate and I have no idea what I can take off of it:
1. Today I see my TMJ dentist, and I still have a dislocating right jaw. I can pop it back into place, but it shouldn't be dislocating in the first place. The appointment will cost $85. Insurance won't cover it.
2. I am still dealing with the adrenal fatigue, and treatments are expensive and not covered by insurance, for the most part. Currently, I'm not seeing a doctor for it; I'm trying to rest as much as possible when I get overtired.
3. I use a CPAP for sleep apnea.
4. I am obese. I need to lose weight. I've been trying to go swim lately--I had been walking, but it caused pain in my feet. Swimming is good, but if I push myself too hard, I run the risk of getting overtired, which makes me unable to exercise, which doesn't help my weight . . .
5. My blood sugar does need to be controlled. See #4.
6. I have back pain. Friday I go back to the chiropractor--again, which isn't covered by insurance.
7. My mother, who lives in another state, is dealing with her own health issues.
8. I have a child with autism. We've just filed papers for guardianship.
9. I am dealing with all of my past issues from being part of an unhealthy church. We also have issues we are dealing with in our present church (not bad issues, just changes we have gone through and other changes that will happen soon, mainly with our small groups.)
10. I also deal with past issues from being bullied.
11. I need to finish my Christmas decorating. (My husband took stuff UPSTAIRS in order to vacuum the rugs. Now I have to bring it back DOWNSTAIRS.)
12. I have writing I want to do and it seems like there are so many projects I will never be able to finish:
--Seven books involving four friends and their families
--Four books revolving around the life of a teenage track runner
--Two books loosely based on my dad's life
--One dealing with a teenager in an abusive church
--One dealing with a woman's relationship with her gay neighbors
--One dealing with a possible Muslim takeover of the US.
--One dealing with a French girl who loses family in WWII, moves to Atlanta and gets involved in the civil rights movement.
--A collection of essays about people we don't normally think about when we think of Black History Month.
--A study on I Corinthians 13:4-8 and I John 4:18.
--A collection of blog entries. I just need to format them and put a cover on them . . . and I am having a horrible time designing a cover!!!
13. I HAVE to earn money to pay back some serious debt we owe from court reporting school, and we also owe credit card debt. My husband is working as much overtime as he can as well.
14. There are current events that are going to affect us, whether I pay attention to them or not.
This morning I feel tense, pressured, and stressed. Organic ketchup is the last thing I need to be concerned about!
Just my .04, adjusted for inflation.