...he has a very set schedule, which helps him be a bit more independent, and also helps him stay grounded. This schedule revolves mostly around food, and every meal has specific foods. Even if he were able to let go of the treats, almost everything else he eats contains sugar- the cereal, the soymilk, the yogurt, etc.
Hi Deb--It is so hard to know what to do in this situation. You sound like a very loving daughter who cares very much for her dad (and stepmom). And once you learn about the lifestyle changes that can prevent, slow and reverse cognitive decline, you cannot "un-know" them so it is natural to want your loved ones to make these changes. Your dad may not be able to process the pros and cons of giving up his sweets and making these changes at this stage, and his wife may not feel able to take on managing these big changes for the two of them. You can lovingly offer your support, but ultimately, it will be their decision.Deb wrote: I am very torn between not wanting to upset my dad, or impose my own beliefs on him, and just being incredibly frustrated that anyone would actually choose cookies over feeling better and not forgetting who their loved ones are!
I have tried in the past to discuss with my Dad and Stepmom the idea of the Bredesen protocol and making lifestyle changes that would most likely improve my father's health.
Deb wrote: I am very torn between not wanting to upset my dad, or impose my own beliefs on him, and just being incredibly frustrated that anyone would actually choose cookies over feeling better and not forgetting who their loved ones are! I want to explain to them that sugar is an addiction, and the situation is similar to continuing to smoke when you have lung cancer... Thoughts are welcome. Thank you!
buck3Maureen wrote:Hi Deb,
Not sure if your dad insists on certain brands of cookies or other treats, but you can use eyrthritrol trade name Swerve as a sugar substitue. It does not cause any gastro problems. Try sweetening his soy milk with it. There is a woman named Camilla Salisbury who has a site where she has many recipes for cookies and treats and you can substitute the sugar with Swerve. One of hers is for cookies that contain only ground almond meal a bit of salt some coconut oil and a sweetener. She has countless variations of her recipes. Hope this helps. Maureen
floramaria wrote:HI Deb, Your story struck a chord in me. For me, the realization that not everyone would embrace the changes that might help prolong cognitive health (or at very least slow the decline) was hard to accept, but it was essential for me to let it go and learn to provide the love and support that I could.
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