So my mom has type 2 diabetes. She thinks it's well controlled because she takes drugs for it but she's overweight, has erratic sleeping schedules, and gets little exercise. Some of her bad food habits include: carrying candy around in her purse, buying packs of candy sometimes, eating white bread and packaged sandwich meat sandwiches, she always seems to have packages of ramen noodles laying around, and minimal consumption of fruits and vegetables (she says they make her gassy). Growing up she always was careful to ensure that my brother and I got lots of protein and fresh vegetables. I don't understand why she thinks she is an exception. She also has suspected Fibro and is a breast cancer survivor. What should or can I do to help her? I don't imagine I'm the first one in this position.
Some other context. She thinks this Paleo diet that I'm on is a fad and that I'll get tired of it quickly. At least she's been willing to respect it when cooking for me (of course, she won't touch the food). My dad is overweight too but at least he exercises sometimes, relaxes a lot, gets good regular sleep, eats an entire salad bowl every night, and confines his eating to 8 hours a day (standard American dieting). He's a primary care physician (PCP) so he understands the problems with my mom's lifestyle but also feels powerless to do anything about it. He won't really discuss diet with me but he's Paleo neutral I think.