ASK JADE: Healthy Eating

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Men's Health, Foods, Healthy Eating

Dear Jade,

I just turned 40 last month and my doctor told me that I need to change my eating habits. I’m from the south…Georgia to be exact. And I grew up on fried foods and fast food. He says that I am overweight and diabetic and have high blood pressure plus hypertension. I dunno if I can change after all these years. I work a lot and live alone. It’s hard to cook for one person. And I usually eat on the run. What do you suggest I do? I need my Popeye’s Fried Chicken in my life and I loves me a large Dr. Pepper!

– Worried

 

Jade Elektra, Drag Queen, Ask Jade, Kinkster MAG, Drag TipsDear Worried,

Child….me and a piece of fried chicken ain’t never fell out! And you are talkin’ to someone who is addicted to sodas. In fact, soda is probably the one thing that has gotten me in trouble with my doctor as well.

Not only am I diabetic but I am also HIV+ and the two tend to work against each other. I have to be really careful because my health could fail very quickly and the doll won’t be here anymore. You have to take care of yourself. And sometimes that means making some major changes.

First….I still have fried chicken from time to time. I still drink sodas, but they’re diet now. But fried foods and fatty foods are special treats about every week and a half to two weeks. Instead, I do a lot of baked meats to cut out all that grease. And I try to eat fish twice a week. I still eat pork chops, beef and of course chicken but I try to find other ways to enjoy them. And it is an absolute must that you eat some kind of vegetables with each meal. And I ain’t talkin’ ’bout french fries either! I mean something green….like peas, broccoli or asparagus. But I do understand that it is hard to cook for one person. But you gotta figure it out…or either get all boo-ed up so you can cook for two (that’s what I did).

When it comes to diets, many make the mistake of trying to cut out everything completely. You can’t do that. If you do, you’re just gonna fall off the wagon and go overboard. Instead, slowly try adjusting your eating habits. I have gone from eating fast foods every day to actually enjoying zucchini! My husband is not happy about it, but I really love it now. And with all the advancements in diet sodas these days I don’t feel like I’m missing anything. I’ve gotten so used to Pepsi Zero that I don’t even want a regular soda anymore. But you also gotta drink water as well.

Once you start eating better you will definitely see a difference in your health. And of course, a little exercise wouldn’t hurt either. I try to do the stairs in my building a couple times a week (and I live on the 27th floor).

You just turned 40. I just turned 50. I waited until I was about 45 to seriously start making changes. I am very glad I did. I’ve lost weight and I feel so much better. All that fast and fatty food was clogging everything up. The vegetables and fish are helping me to keep light and flowing. As you get older that feeling is going to be very important. I honestly wish I had discovered this change a lot earlier. I could have been living a healthier life years ago, but thank goodness I got it together now.

~ Jade

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Jade Elektra came out as a gay man and started performing in 1985. A seasoned Female Impersonator, Recording Artist, Actress, Out HIV+ Activist (positive since 1989) and a DJ. Ask whatever you'd like! DISCLAIMER: All opinions and advice in this column are only represented by Jade Elektra and are no way an endorsement by KINKSTER MAG.
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