Dear Family and Friends,
You are all aware that S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) and I have been going through a difficult time. While I thought that S.A.D. was right for me – in fact, many of you felt the same way and actively encouraged our relationship. I have come to painfully realize that my life is not any the better by living with S.A.D.. I feel I can be honest with all of you because I know you have my best interests at heart. This is very difficult to admit and yet I know if I don’t say it out loud, nothing will change in my life.
S.A.D. has been down right destructive in my life.I know that I played an active part in this situation.At first I let my desire for pleasure to rule everything. If it felt good in the short term – that’s all that mattered to me. Forget long term consequences. It didn’t seem that any one else was concerned by my or their relationship with S.A.D. I went along just like everyone else. Truthfully, I didn’t know life could be anything different. i could say it was because of how I was raised and that’s that.
However, I have come to realize that being an adult means I need to act like an adult and take responsibility for my life. I can not use my upbringing or even my ignorance aa an excuse especially when reality is staring back at me. I am facing the fact that the longer S.A.D. is in my life – the more difficult life will be for me. Painfully, I have seen noticeable changes in myself. After all these years together, my health has taken a turn for the worse.
When I was younger – I was full of hope for a vibrant active life. Unfortunately, I now find myself often drained of energy, with borderline diabetes and climbing cholesterol readings. Living with S.A.D. has taken its toll. I can no longer afford to deny this reality because my future looks pretty hopeless and the future is full of lifestyle diseases, like diabetes, heart disease and even some forms of cancer. – all because of my living with S.A.D..
I am sharing this with you as I need to muster the courage and conviction to move forward in my life. I need to make my trial separation from S.A.D. permanent, if I want to be healthy. In other words I need to divorce S.A.D. because I know it is my best interests. I know this now because during my trial separation from S.A.D., I was introduced to a whole plant-based lifestyle.
This introduction has made a huge difference in my life. I am no longer controlled by the calorie counting and measuring of food portions demanded of me by S.A.D. I get my needs met deliciously without having to restrict or starve myself. It feels wonderful to have my needs honoured without a high price to pay. In fact, my dollars go so much further – something I never experienced with S.A.D. I notice that I have easily shed the burden of not being enough because I have lost the weight I needed to lose, have more energy and even my mood is more mellow. My past irritability is gone. I feel freer, lighter and hopeful. I am in the exciting process of becoming my best self.
While you may not fully understand or perhaps agree with my decision, however what I do know is that you will all respect my decision. Your supportive respect for my decision is what I appreciate the most even if you choose to continue to have a relationship with S.A.D. Mutual respect is key and what I value the most. Thank you so much for being concerned about my well-being and please be assured that I am now taking full responsibility for it!
A much healthier and happier Me