I'm new, along with my husband, to this WOE. My diet, as far as SAD goes, was pretty decent but even after just four days doing this, I have more energy. I have been having trouble waking up in the morning, and this morning, after a good night's sleep, I woke up about 45 minutes early and felt wide awake and energized. I've already lost three pounds, too.
But the reason I am so glad to be eating this way is that last night, we were at our second funeral visitation in three weeks. My husband's sister succumbed to breast cancer several weeks ago, which is very sad and sobering for both of us.
Then yesterday, I heard that a woman I had known for some years, only a couple of years older than me, had died. The funeral home visitation was last night. She had always had a lot of health problems, but her death still shocked me. She had gastric bypass surgery about ten years ago. I don't know if it "worked" because I only knew her as a pretty overweight person. Unlike my other friend who had a gastric bypass, this woman seemed to be able to eat lots of food in one sitting and her diet was poor, from what I observed. Her husband, daughter, and son-in-law (they all lived in one house) are all very overweight. The son-in-law was thin when he married the daughter, but after just a few years of marriage, is very large.
Anyway, it appears that cancer developed in the portion of her stomach that was stapled shut and then rapidly metastasized. She was only diagnosed around the first of year, so she declined and died very quickly.
Anyway, just being at the funeral home last night made me very sad and even more committed to this WOE. I don't know if a better diet would have prevented her health problems or her early death, but I have a strong feeling that she would not be dead if she had treated her body differently. May she RIP.
My husband: A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. - Ralph Waldo Emerson