Ka Huaka`i Mauli Ola!
Every month I have a movie date with my Aunty Shirley and Aunty Helen, both in their 80s. I lost my own mother 11 years ago, so spending time with these precious kūpuna is a blessing. We prolong our time together over lunch at some nearby eatery.
On our last date we ventured to a new restaurant that had just opened in Kapolei. Hearing about my launch to a healthier self pleased my aunties because they had begun their own similar journey together this past spring. They’ve transitioned to a plant-based diet.
Aunty Helen ordered a grilled veggie sandwich with a side salad, Aunty Shirley ordered marinara pasta dish also with a side salad. They’ve become vegetarians!
Moreover, each ate half her meal and took the rest home for dinner.
They’d confided that the change has been challenging, but with one another’s support, they’re already feeling good about their results. Each aunty has lost more than 30 pounds. They’ve pulled out their “Skinny Clothes” and given their old clothes away. They no longer suffer the same aches and pains in their joints. Their overall health has vastly improved, according to their primary care physicians.
They report that the greatest challenge has been cutting back on sweets.
Which brings me to my Momona Moment: Since we were celebrating my birthday, they insisted that I order a dessert. Normally, I’d love a piece of ice cream cake—more ice cream than cake—but that afternoon we ordered one slice of celebration cake to share among six of us. And it was ‘ono!
So I got my cake and more: a lesson on portion control, inspiration by example, kupuna wisdom, and Aunty Approval. I am MOTIVATED! I can do this!