Preliminary

Preliminary

I have been considering for a while now that my diet may have to change. I have been exercising regularly for almost two years. I dropped a solid 15 lbs and stopped. Sooner or later, diet must enter into the picture. I have been trying to decide what that really means. What are the proper permanent eating habits of life. What should be my diet starting now till my dying day?
The more I read, the more I know that processed food must go. Yet doing so is very difficult. I read Pollan and strive for the Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants world. Yet my day to day really gets in the way. This is not unusual and I am not raising a unique issue. I am just trying to figure out how to circumvent that.
I work a lot. I work a regular job and I work a second job for my love of swimming. I swim a lot. So I teach swimming and I lifeguard a bit. I am pretty active in my life.
My health is not too bad either. I am 185 pounds. I am 5′ 8”.  I am 53 years old. This is not all that bad. But my BP is a little high.  I have a fat waist. I am 36”.
I want a 30 inch waist.  I think that is optimal for my frame. 32” would be okay, but 30” would bring me near my weight before I started putting on weight some 28 years ago.
I am Bipolar. I have ADD. I am examined quarterly by a psychiatrist and have been taking medication for it for 4 years. It has benefitted me greatly. I don’t think I should stop.
I am a barefoot runner; that is I was till I received tendonitis in my Posterior Tibial Tendon. This has been a long time coming. It is a result of a lifetime of having a crooked foot, or so I am told. My tendon is 4-5 times the normal size without inflammation. Now it inflames quickly. I stopped running to complete physical therapy and added orthotics.
People tell me my barefoot running caused the problem. They’re full of shiitakes. This came from years of having a bad foot. I ran with shoes and got IT Band Syndrome (ITBS). Should I blame the shoes? My shoe dealer did. It wasn’t the shoes that cause ITBS, it was me taking up running at a late age with weak hip muscles and adductors. I fixed it by changing how I run. Running barefoot assisted with that change. Now, I run with the most minimal of feet covering. The problem is without proper context, people only see a couple of things and assume they caused the problem. I am okay with not telling people I am on this diet. Nobody will believe me it works, assuming it does work. I don’t want to care about other’s approval. I want to make the lifestyle change to make sure my latter years are not elfed up.
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