I used to eat at least one banana a day.

Bananas always have been one of my favorite foods. I literally ate at least 10 a week for pretty much my whole life. Along with tofu, kale, blueberries & sweet potatoes I consider them one of the worlds perfect foods.

Just not so much for me anymore…

Then in June of last year I learned that they officially became verboten. Stupid potassium…
It was either continue eating as I have for 30+ years or live without dialysis for quite a while longer. It was not as easy a choice as it would seem. I really like bananas.

A lot.

But for the sake of my health I gave up eating one of my single favorite food items. Well, I gave them up after I cherished eating the last five I had at home when I got the news. Then it was pure cold turkey.

For over six months, while I endlessly longed for them (I may or may not have woken up on more than one occasion simply just craving bananas. Yeah it was that bad.), I ate not a single one. I would see one, a bunch, whatever and stare like a shy schoolboy with a heavy duty crush, but I would do nothing else.

As the new year came to fruition this year I decided that total abstinence was foolish. Simply put: I am not in favor of living longer if it means no more bananas. So I decided that I can have one banana every six months. So I can remember just how spectacular they are and enjoy the bliss, even as my kidneys shudder.

Once I decided this I kept putting off eating one, wanting to make sure the time/taste/etc was right. And am I glad I did… Because while I was touring the backwaters of Kerela on a houseboat with some friends a few weeks ago the cook decided to fry up some bananas. And instantly I knew what banana I was waiting for.

This amazingly lovely banana was battered very lightly with the added surprise of some cumin seeds. And let me tell you that if that sounds weird or less than tasty, well you would be wrong. It was delicious. I sadly ate it too fast and did not savor it properly. But not a day has gone by without me remember exactly how it tasted.

Also, not a day has gone by without me wanting more. But for the sake of my kidneys I will opt out till june or july comes and again, I get to have another one.

Though I do remember saying to my friends on the boat with me that they needed to hurry up and eat the remaining few bananas or I would devour them. I am only human after all….

About Randy

I'm just a guy trying to out run his dying kidneys and live life as vibrantly as possible. Until I can't. I grew up in Tejas. Went to school in Vermont. And currently live in Brooklyn. But not for long....
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