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Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Stay on course

May 11, 2011 - Chew. Chew. Chew. Chew.

Keep on chewing.

Funny how we have to remind ourselves of the little things.

I began taking a nutritional class at Nuview Nutrition in downtown Clarkston and on one of my sheets it does say "chew, chew, chew."

Along with it – eat every 2-3 hours. It sneaks up on you pretty quick sometimes too quick.

It is a straight forward plan – eat vegetables, fruit, protein. You know, healthy food. Plus, it's customized to my needs.

Health. I want to turn my Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis - a.k.a unhappy, fatty liver, into a happy liver.

I tried Weight Watchers again. It didn't work. But when I sat down with Cindy Crandell at Nuview to interview her from the examples she gave about her patients I saw hope. I saw freedom. I saw feeling better.

I am in week seven of taking my supplements and medical food and I feel pretty good. My symptoms have died down but mostly because I am eating the right food, checking for ingredients I can not only pronounce but also recognize.

Now, it sounds easy and it can be. But sometimes the cravings don't die down from smells of pizza whifting through Rudy's Market or the imagination of how pop will taste on the tongue.

I have allowed myself a pop at least once a week. But last week was bad, really bad. It's just something about about high fructose syrup and carbonation on a warm, sunny day. It is one hurdle I am going to have to work on. Not to mention – chocolate.

Another is reminding myself to eat something small every few hours. Some days are better than others. Bad days include baby showers, everything was healthy but the cake, and volunteering for University of Michigan Alumni Service Day.

Though in those instances it was the matter of saying "no" to food. No one wants to say they are on restrictions. I like to think teeny, tiny portions have to count for a bonus. (Not as huge as completely saying no.)

But then again, with the way gas prices are going we will all be saying no to food. Right?

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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