The Mystery Package - I've got the POWER!

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 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!

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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