SOLC 9 of 31: “Eat Clean Bro”

I’m a Type 2 diabetic. While my diabetes are “well controlled” with medication, I should be able to do better. I can do better. I know what I need to do, and yet, I don’t do it consistently enough to lose the weight and get off the meds. What I need to do is “eat clean.”

My son is a High School wrestler and a runner. During season, he “eats clean.” In season, many college athletes even use to delivery healthy meals to them and keep the sustained and eating right. Due to the pandemic, wrestling season is happening now and Spring Track will follow right after. It’s a good time for me to “eat clean” and be inspired by my son’s eating choices. All protein and veggies, no straight carbs. Good for wrestling, good for running, good for athletes… and good for diabetics.

One small problem.

Just a small, tiny one.

I’m not a good eater like he is. He likes everything – every fish, every meat, every vegetable, everything.

I don’t eat seafood. (Not even tunafish!), I don’t like a lot of steak (unless prepared at a fancy restaurant), I don’t like a lot of chicken (but I eat more chicken than anything else) and I don’t like a lot of cooked vegetables. So, whenever I endeavor to start anew to “eat clean,” I usually last for a week or so before becoming bored with my limited choices.

Each day is a new day for me to make better food choices. Inspired by my healthy eater, I’m going to try to make better choices – hoping that choices become habits and habits become a healthier lifestyle. Here’s to “eating clean!”


  1. March 9, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    Eating clean sounds easier than it is. I appreciate the way you’ve structured this slice with a bit of suspense and a succinct turnaround.

  2. March 9, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    I like how you begin with yourself, then “talk” about your son and then go back to yourself. This slice has nice rhythm to it. If it makes you feel any better, I tried Atkins years ago and I last 7 hours.

  3. Marie said,

    March 10, 2021 at 5:44 am

    We are all our biggest challenge and your slice captures that. Everyone could say “I should____”. I have some autoimmune diseases that make life tricky sometimes. I tried the Wahls diet. While I couldn’t stick to that diet I did get in the habit of a big salad at lunch and at dinner *usually nothing fancy). I try for six cups of fresh veggies a day. I feel a lot better when I stick with it and now the feeling good is all the incentive I need.

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