Lessons from the food pantry:
1 Corinthians 10:23 basically says that. “I have the right to do anything, but not everything is beneficial.”
With my little food/mindset experiment, this verse rings true. Just because I have given myself a green light on eating this holiday season does not mean I will not suffer the consequences of eating foods that are not beneficial to my body. Now, don’t get me wrong. I was not naive to this. My focus was more on leaning towards “yes” and not depriving myself. But what I have gained is the knowledge that it is worth it more to “deprive” myself of the foods that wreak havoc on my body than it is to say “yes” to avoid making my holiday self angry. It is worth it more to feed the good than the bad.
This is not rocket science. I know. I know. But sometimes one has to go through even the basic life skill classes again in order to learn something new.
I am done with the chocolate cake (there was more cake, I just said NO-done.) I ate the fresh-homemade bread as soon as it was finished baking. Hot. With butter 🙂 And then another slice. I’m done. I made cookies and ate dough and ate cookies. I ate so much I wanted to “toss them” (chuckle- pun intended). These items left me feeling way too full. The enjoyment of them in the moment was way shorter than the feeling of “why did I do that!”
So what’s left on my mental list of allowances? Butterscotch Fudge. Seriously. That’s it.
I crave protein over sweets. I crave greens. Salt over sweet. Water over other beverages.
Overall, as long as I can get back on the horse (which is the scale) and not want to ride off the cliff, the experiment will have been a success. It actually boils down to self control. I’ve had it for 7 weeks. Was testing it during this last week. It’s a slippery slope where food is concerned. And my history of battling overeating and weight loss.
But I have seen the good. I have experienced them first hand. And I want to get back to that 😉
Oh happy day!