Overwhelmed mom needs weight loss plan

By Donovan Grant

Monday, March 17, 2014

Print this page Email A Friend!

Dear Donovan,

I am a busy mom with two young children and my doctor keeps telling me that I need to lose weight and start eating right to reduce my blood pressure levels. I honestly would like to do so, since I don't want to depend on medications for the rest of my life, however, with my schedule, I really don't think it is possible. I am raising my daughters by myself and I have two jobs because at the end of the day, I have to pay the bills.

My first job starts at eight o'clock and finishes at five o'clock and I have a nail salon at home, so most of my evenings are spent assisting with homework and doing nails. On a regular day, I go to bed at around midnight, but nearing holidays I work until the following day. To tell the truth, oftentimes I just eat the most convenient things like a bun and cheese or a box food. There doesn't seem to be many other options for eating healthy, because when I do go to the supermarket or the shop, all I can see is biscuits or chips. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed and I wish I really had the time to go jogging or something. The last time I went to the doctor I weighed in at 250 pounds and I was told I am very overweight because I am only five feet six inches. I am hoping you could help me by suggesting how I can fit exercise and eating right into my life.

I am so sorry to hear about your situation. However, I must tell you that you are on a path to digging your grave with your lifestyle. What good are you going to be to your children if your pressure is not controlled and you die from a massive heart attack? Don't get me wrong, I do understand the need for you to give your children a good life and pay your bills, but a way will have to be found to improve your health and at the same time, balance your budget.

There are a number of things that are wrong with your health. You are hypertensive, stressed and overweight and this is definitely not good. There is an urgent need to change your eating habit and incorporate more exercise. If you will lose some weight and increase your exercise, this will definitely help to reduce your high blood pressure. Your doctor might even be able to keep you off your medication.

I must tell you that your situation is a complex one and after careful assessment, I think that in order for you to protect your health, you might need to consider employing a part-time or full-time housekeeper to help you. By doing so, you would be able to get some help with the kids and she could help to prepare your meals. Having extra help could also free some extra time for you to do exercise.

As far as your meals go, instead of bun and cheese and snack items, you should incorporate more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Soups are also healthy meals which can be incorporated. It is also quite possible to have a pot of soup made and put it into several smaller containers. They could be frozen and re-heated on demand. Light soups are better than heavy soups. Also try and drink seven to eight glasses of water daily. Starches such as rice, flour and white bread should be reduced and eliminated from your diet. It is also important to reduce the amount of sugar and sugary drinks, for example sodas, from your diet.

From a diet standpoint, you would have to reduce your food/calorie intake in order to lose weight. Adding 12 ounces of green juice to your diet daily can also help to keep you healthy and reduce your high blood pressure. To be successful with your weight loss, you will definitely need to start planning ahead. You ought to know for example what you are going to eat the next day.




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon