Wednesday, June 16, 2010

You know your parents love you when ...

They come to spend the week with you, and work their TAILS off the entire time. They are completely making over our old office so that it can become a camping cabin. In just 2.5 days they have taken down an entire wall, removed all plumbing, capped a sewer drain and cemented over the top, moved a light switch, and now they are working on building an access panel and putting up some corrugated metal to give it a country feel.

Ya' know ... cause they're FRIGGIN AWESOME like that.

My parents last came together for a visit in December. They were still battling their weight. My Dad has just been diagnosed with diabetes. It was their official wake-up call. So, as a gift to them, I cooked entirely vegan during their four-day trip. It was a great way to show them that this whole healthy-eating thing is not ridiculous.

My dad was leery. He was VERY leery.

I've said it before - I love yummy food. I do not eat crap. I don't. I'd rather be fat again, than eat crap. I eat some goooooood stuff.

Well, my parents now do not even look like the same people, for all they have lost. They have been able to eliminate a lot of their medication. Dad has reversed his diabetes with diet. They eat plenty and they eat well. Dad is down 50 lbs, and mom 40 lbs, since January!

I can't stop staring at his neck ... because it's GONE!

And they are so very happy. They feel great and you can see it in their eyes ... in their walk ... in their bounce. They have a bounce!

Tonight, Dad is making us his vegan sloppy joe's. He was never one to cook much. So, it was amazing to watch him pull out a white binder full of recipes. It even had little color coded tabs! He has made it himself, with his favorites.

I will try to get some pics for you, but they are working so hard and don't want me taking pics of them sweaty and gross (what is up with THAT?).

But leave it to me to snag one and sneak it in .. heh. heh.




My mom's comment from below:
"Llama Momma, our internist was tempted to take Christine's phone number and give it to patients to share her knowledge since it has made such a difference in our lives. I am bringing up the rear (tongue in cheek) to get more weight off, down only 40 lbs. with at least 40 more to go. I am excited that I have done well also eating healthy. To be honest, it has brought Cecil and me even closer because we want more happy years together. God has never promised us a long life so we don't want to cut things short because of our eating the old way again. We have each other to keep us on track. Praise the Lord."

How cute is she?? Cecil and Joye, ya'll. Send 'em some love!


14 comments:

But Momma said...

Lookin' good mom and dad!!

Brandy said...

Look great!

And wow Christine, you're like a mini-me of your mom!!!

tlb88 said...

aaww...they look GREAT and sooo HAPPY!!! They are AWESOME people!!!

tbrinkley

Cathy Givans said...

they look AMAZING! AND! I could so use their help here! Do they work for room and board? Just kidding....sort of. LOL!

Not A Mountain said...

Inspiring! Yay Mom and Dad!

Steph, G's Mom said...

50 lb in less than 6 mo that is amazing!

Christine what percentage of the time would you say u also eat raw? So like are u maybe 80% raw and 95% vegan? Or less raw than that?

Steph

The Hills said...

They look great!

I also want to commend them for being willing to try something new (even if they were heavily skeptical at first). To put it lightly, my parents are not open to suggestions, especially from a younger generation. I can only imagine the love and respect they must have for you to be willing to try it even for those first 4 days.

Sarah & Crew said...

Look at that glow that radiates about them! That's from some good, healthy eating!

I wish everyone could understand just how MUCH of a life altering change (and for the Better!) a diet can bring you.

Enjoy your visit and remodel!

Llama Momma said...

Amazing.

Okay, please blog more about food! You have knowledge that needs to be shared!! :-)

Mom said...

Llama Momma, our internist was tempted to take Christine's phone number and give it to patients to share her knowledge since it has made such a difference in our lives. I am bringing up the rear (tongue in cheek) to get more weight off, down only 40 lbs. with at least 40 more to go. I am excited that I have done well also eating healthy. To be honest, it has brought Cecil and me even closer because we want more happy years together. God has never promised us a long life so we don't want to cut things short because of our eating the old way again. We have each other to keep us on track. Praise the Lord.

Happymom4 aka Hope Anne said...

Bravo!!! (And wow! You do look like them!)

Serena said...

Fun blog with great info.

Sammie said...

Heh, maybe your RV park could become sort of a biggest loser vegan type RV park. You could give cooking demos for the skeptical and make lots of families more healthy. All of those overweight snow birds could head south and be transformed at your place, and then in the summer you could help families to change their eating ways.

Jenny said...

I wish my mom would come over more often. I think she thinks I suck or I'm boring or something. I can't disagree though. I don't get out much.