Sometimes in life you need a pit stop to assess, re-fuel, fine tune and and make changes before getting back on the road and continuing to press on. I’m at the fine tuning stage.

It’s been about 16 years since my initial diagnosis of diabetes mellitus and I still battle with my diet on a day to day basis. Because even though we have such a productive garden and access to some of the best foods I know, the struggle to make healthy choices in a world that glorifies indulgence and sinful bliss of the taste buds is most definitely real. Don’t get me wrong, for the most part we do make healthy food choices but there’s always room for improvement, right?

Truth is, ever since migrating to the US and as of about 6 years ago my daily diet left much to be desired. And my careless choices of nutrient poor foods then only contributed to my illness and sent my body into a serious case of inflammation that I am still working on reversing today. Six years ago I embarked on my journey to becoming a Registered Nurse and managed to not only successfully complete it in 2 years but also managed to change my overall outlook on life and the importance of wise choices. After all, how could I look my patients in the eyes and teach the importance of making healthy, healing choices when I myself was living the total opposite way?

During my last year of Nursing school I became a member of a totally happening Brooklyn food co-op where I learned about new foods and vegetables that I had no clue ever existed. It was there that I developed the appreciation for having control of my food and using it, along with increased physical activity, to restore my health. It was also there that I began longing to have the ability to grow my very own.

So in a sort of twisted way, the devastation of hurricane Sandy was a blessing in serious disguise for us because if it was not for that super storm we may not have the lifestyle, freedom and garden that we do today.

And because of this garden and this (fairly) new life that we’re enjoying, I now have unencumbered access to all that I need for my body to heal itself. My food choices are still not perfect but I am aggressively working toward improving it. I am about to embark on a journey to change my mind, change my health and thus change my life. It’s not a sprint, it’s not even a marathon. It’s simply a lifestyle change that I’ll be taking one day and one meal at a time as I endeavor to completely restore what belongs to me…health.