Careful how you use that term 100% compliance. It upsets a lot of people around here. Funny, those that have had their chest opened up, or had major organ failure never seem to be bothered about the term. No one is putting anyone down over their choices but for me and many others it would have been a far better life to have done it earlier. I consider myself lucky to be walking the planet after the mess I made of myself for decades. Blindly thinking I was fine and invincible. Ever wonder where the point was that if you had started you would not be dealing with this? It's water under the bridge now but I do think about it. I wonder what percentage of kidney function my diet took away from me and when that will kick in. Will eating this way stave off any issues? How much permanent damage is there? Only those that deal with this think about it. I know that every time I shower I see the scars and wonder. I bet every test they give you you wonder. It makes you want to take those that don't think about it and shake them. Wake up! Before it's too late. I think about how small of a price compliance would have been 15 years ago. It's so obvious now.
Yes... I was one of those people that cringed every time I heard the term 100% compliance. I got irritated at the thought of having to be extreme. I argued and tried to make my point and my excuses on a daily basis. I just didn't get it. I am not saying that moderation won't work for some, but it certainly didn't work for me. I thought it would, but it didn't at all. Not once. I suspect if people were a little more honest with themselves, like I am now being, they would find that as well. Then again... maybe not.
You are right, it is water under the bridge, but I wonder all the time what my life would be like today if I had made better choices. What I focus on now is that I have a chance to have a happy and healthy "rest of my life."
My grandmother passed years ago, but I will never forget her... an amazing woman with an incredibly unhealthy diet. She hobbled around, overweight and miserable the last many years of her life. She couldn't go anywhere or do anything. She was on oxygen. She had heart disease, lung disease, and many other issues that I can't even remember. I don't know how many times people have said how like her I am... and I can't help but picture myself that very same way without any changes to my lifestyle.
What is even more shocking to me is that I thought I felt good. I knew that in my day to day life I didn't feel great, but much of it was attributed to "you're getting older." I know better now. I was getting sicker. Day by day. If it hadn't been for that mysterious bronchitis I thought I had which took me to the ER that night - who knows how much longer I would have gone in my unhealthy patterns. I feel sad when people say "it won't happen to me." I said that too. But...It happened to me.
I imagine what it would have been like if I had listened to my body. I had been getting my leg cramps for almost a year before I was diagnosed. A prime symptom of kidney failure. I was getting them nightly. My eyesight was also going two years before my diagnosis... and I laughed when people said "you are aging, it is natural." Also another sign of kidney failure. There were so many little things I did not listen to. Big things too, I guess. They just didn't seem that important... food was important.
When it comes to my digestive issues (Celiac and Crohns) I also didn't listen to my body. I had horrible issues but thought is was nerves or irritable bowel... or food poisoning. When I looked at the celiac.com site and scanned the symptoms... I had almost all of them for quite some time. I had become so used to being sick that I didn't know I was sick. Sick was normal to me after years and years of unhealthy eating ~ that combined with making excuses
I am wide awake now... out of my fog and denial. Life means so much more to me than living with "moderation." I want to be extreme. Blissfully Extreme!! I can't say that is how the first 40 years of my life went, but it is certainly how the next 40 is going to go!