I'm a Silver-Lining kind of person.
I try to find something to be grateful for every day. I find that making a point of doing this makes my life happier; not perfect, just happier.
When I've just spent two days on the couch moaning with a pillow wrapped around my head, how can I find anything to be grateful for?
I was able to get up...yea!
Some people live in perpetual pain. My pain goes away. Yea!
I have meds to help cope. Yea!
I can take a day or two and not "function" Yea!
I can still learn. Yea!
So what did I learn from the last two days? Just this:
There are times when careful meal planning is not an option. Times when you just want some food to keep you from being hungry, but you can't cook or plan or even think. This is a time when it's really, really easy to just open the cupboard and grab.
That's what I did over the last two days. What was important was what I grabbed.
When the cupboard is filled with fruit canned in syrup, sugary cereals, cookies, creamy high fat soups, tuna in oil, white flour products and high sodium heavily processed foods, that is what you will eat.
If the same cupboard is filled with whole grain foods, low fat soups, whole grain products and canned fruits and tuna packed in water, that is what you will choose from.
I have will power. It's WON"T power that I sometimes lack; as in I won't eat those cookies.
AS IF! (*Scarf!*)
I know this about me. Cookies do not make it into my cart-EVER. I once heard "If it's in your hand, It's in your cart. If it's in your cart, It's in your car, then it's in your home. If it's in your home, then it's on your hips" Sounded silly, but it is true.
I have mostly emptied my cupboards of poor food choices.
My cupboards have unsweetened applesauce and fruits, tuna in water, low fat versions of favorites. There are processed whole wheat crackers and pasta's and rice cakes. And grains and beans. I take time to shop carefully and make informed food choices.
So the past few days, I lived on no-fat yogurt, oatmeal ( that my son made for me) and rice cakes. Not healthy. No fruit. Way too few calories. But it wasn't oreos and eccles cakes.
Now that I'm back in the land of the living, I can honestly say that I had no regrets about my food choices over the past two days. My lesson was learned and I am grateful.
And that Banana this morning was all the sweeter for it.