Last week I also cut into my first grapefruit in a very long time. I grew up in Arizona. My grandparents had citrus trees and we ate a lot of oranges and grapefruit. When we got married, I received a set of grapefruit spoons and I still have them. At some point, there were medications prescribed and the label read – Do not eat grapefruit when taking. Then I was told to be cautious with orange juice, too much sugar. Heavy sigh.
I have behaved and kept away from the forbidden fruit. But in the last few months, I have begun to think about quality of life issues. Watching my dad’s list of cannots grow and grow while his list of cans is shrinking has made me rethink these food rules. I am not going to go nuts. And I won’t be messing with those food items that will make me sick. But I savored that grapefruit. And I squeezed an orange to add to my green drink yesterday. And it was good. Sometimes selfcare looks like not following the rules.
******edited to add that I am not advocating ignoring medication warnings – I did some research and found that I can consume grapefruit, just not every day and not as a beverage for taking this particular med********