She asked me what I meant, and I was ready to answer her. I told her that I would like to ask her a few questions, and she agreed. Here is what I asked, and these were roughly her answers.
webcure : How is your diet? Do you eat well?
friend : No, I don't eat much. I usually eat something in the middle of the day, but after that I just drink instant coffee with milk and sugar. I don't eat when I finish work usually, I just drink coffee.
webcure : Do you eat many fresh fruits and vegetables?
friend : No, not much. I try to eat salads on the weekends.
webcure : Do you get any aerobic exercise, or do you walk, run or work out?
friend : No, usually when I get home from work, I am so tired and my legs hurt so much that I just don't have the energy to do it.
webcure : Do you smoke?
friend : Yes, I smoke about a pack of cigarettes a day. Not too much at work, but before and after work, and in the evening.
webcure : How much do you sleep at night? Do you get enough rest?
friend : No, not too much. I watch TV in the evening and usually get about 6 or 7 hours of sleep at night.
This woman is a good friend of mine and I wanted to try and help steer her in a new direction. I am sure that after reading this interview you may be able to recognize that some of the symptoms and pains that my friend was feeling might have been brought on by her regard, or possible diregard of her health. I didn't preach to her, and tell her that she should mend her ways. At least not all at once. ;)
I suggested to her that if she was able to get a little exercise, even 25 minutes a day walking briskly or running on a tread mill to increase her heart rate and stimulate her circulation, she would notice the difference. I mentioned that at the beginning, it would be difficult, but that after a week or so, her body would start to adjust to the new routine and it would give her more energy and probably help the pains in her legs.
I reminded her that the rules on nutritious eating that she learned as a kid in school was something she had been ignoring. She knew that she wasn't eating well, but it was her way of keeping her weight down. I suggested to her to start taking some fresh vegetables to work and snacking on them or eating them with her meal. I also told her if she ate something small at home, even crackers and low fat cheese or fruit, that it might give her a little more energy in the evening.
I told her that if she got into bed in the evening and used an (e=mc2) hour of her TV time and turn it into her sleep time, that she would probably feel a little more rested in the morning.
My friend looked at me and said honestly : You're probably right.
No time like the present people...
and remember, keep up the good veggies!