You can’t disgust me with the things you ate, because I came from a family who ate cake and ice cream not just for breakfast, but lunch dinner and snack.  A half gallon of ice cream came in a convenient single serving container.  We ate plain icing and chocolate syrup and in fact Chocolate was a food group;.  Vanilla ice cream was considered diet. Nobody would eat their vegetables, and complained when forced to eat them.

I had to learn the hard way about diet and exercise because I grew up without either one. I was a child in the seventies and eighties with the beginnings of the microwave, and TV dinners, which my mother loved because she was one of the first moms to go to work and earn her keep. She loved the ideas of dinners that could just heat up in seconds, and she didn’t have to cook.

I came home from school and ate Chef Boyaredee. I made myself a grilled cheese sandwich and would watch General Hospital and Oprah. I cooked my own dinner and everyone Else’s as well .We ate whatever was available and didn’t think twice.

I am the first to change all that because of what I see in the family now. Diabetes, dementia, autism, fatigue and Lyme disease in different members of my family, all because we ignored signs of diabetes and now are paying the price. The bottom line is:

I don’t want to turn into my parents!

They ignored signs to pay attention to diet and stop eating processed foods. I didn’t know any better and I thought eating so many desserts was normal.


I’m begging you if all all this sounds normal to you. Don’t be a Lang. If you see signs of diabetes, pay attention and start eating vegetables.


I even discovered I like Brussels spouts. I like cauliflower. I like brocoli and I feel good when I eat them. All my life, eating made me feel sick. Now I know it’s because I didn’t eat vegetables.

I have a long way to go, but I’ll get there.