I want to share a personal story with all of you. I am a knitter and crocheter and I belong to an internet group called ravelry.com, which is a free craft site where I signed up to doing a yarn swap. For those of you who are not familiar with a swap, you simply sign up and you are assigned a person, and you both send one another knitting or craft related articles. Well, recently my swap box arrived and I received some beautiful yarn, a few books and 2 chocolate bars. Yes, 2 chocolate bars.
I am a food addict and one of my favorite comfort foods used to be chocolate bars, well, any type of chocolate. If you looked in my refrigerator before I started my journey to wellness, you would have found some store bought pizza and some chocolate item either in my refrigerator or in my freezer. When I started my journey I purged all of those "bad foods" and replaced them with "good foods." Now when you look in my refrigerator you will find 1 serving cup of cottage cheese, fat-free plain Greek yogurt, fresh cut up veggies in little plastic bags, almonds and walnuts in pre-portioned sizes - so that when I am hungry, I can just grab a single serving item and I am good to go.
Now I am faced with these 2 chocolate bars, items that have been banned from my home since February. I initially put them aside and continued with my day. I found myself thinking about those chocolate bars whenever I felt stressed or bored. Do I throw them out? Well, this nice person sent them to me, wouldn't that be so rude?! Should I offer them to my husband? A little taste of 1 really wouldn't hurt now would it?
What did you think I did? I didn't throw them out. I showed them to my husband but didn't offer them to him.
What I did do was a lot of thinking. I thought about how I would feel if I did take just a little bite, but I knew that I couldn't take a little bite without eating the entire chocolate bar. A little taste just wasn't an option, as it could quite possibly put me on a binge - and after a binge I always felt so emotionally and physically sick. What I did do was put them in my swap partner's package that I was sending to her with some yarn and other craft related items and enclosed a note explaining why I sent back the chocolate bars. She totally understood and sent me a lovely note back.
I had the power to just say "No!" This was an epiphany for me. I can honestly say that all those foods that I thought brought me comfort didn't bring me comfort at all; they were poisoning my body. I no longer desire to eat those foods and enjoy my new eating lifestyle. I feel empowered and look forward to starting each day eating healthy food and loving my newly found energy. Food no longer controls me, I am in control and I love the feeling.
I hope this story is helpful to you and remember you do have the power!
Weekly food menu:
Sunday and Tuesday: whole wheat pizza with veggies
Monday and Thursday: turkey stuffed meatloaf
Wednesday and Friday: oatmeal coated chicken breast
Saturday: turkey burger on a whole grain bun
Have a happy and healthy Memorial Day!