FOODS: My Real vs False Friends
I have decided that I need to lessen the impact and invasion of false friends into my life. I am talking about the foods that are my friends and the foods that are my false friends.
Food has pretty much always been my friend. I come from a background of almost no fast foods when growing up... I still remember my first visit to a Jack in the Box at about age 17. We were not well off, but somehow my mom always managed to bring the GOOD FRIENDS into the house: fresh vegetables, fruit, meats. She did not bring in the FALSE FRIENDS - those friends that seem to satisfy us easily - soda, sweets, fruit juices, processes foods...
My mom's cooking was delicious - ALL ingredients: GREAT FRIENDS! Preparation was simple, complex, varied, beautiful, enticing. She rarely used recipes except for pastries (and they were AMAZING!) so watching her cook was in essence learning to cook. We never ate a lot... just enough. I think I was very lucky that way. Our status quo was a home full of good friends.
Once I was out of my mom's house, FALSE FRIENDS started showing up. They showed up as fast food and sweets...And the truth is I welcomed them in... they sure seemed nice! I did not invite them in hoards but I did invite them in regularly. They nestled into my home as if they were going to stay forever. I acted as if they were going to stay forever.
For the past thirty years, it has been a home with mixed company; I have kept the good friends around all the time. I have relished in the simple, complex, varies, beautiful and enticing cooking. And... I have kept the false friends around as well. And without paying attention, I have let the false friends nudge themselves into my diet a bit too much.
Until now.. until I made a decision that I need to ask that essential question before I eat: Is what I am putting in my mouth and into my body going to help me or not. And as with an friendship, good friends are here to help and false friends has a way of hurting us even with the guise of "being friends."
My decision: Limit the impact of my false friends. Relegate my false friends to acquaintance status only. An occasional visitation is ok... but my true friends - healthy foods are going to get to stick around. I am not an all or nothing person in most things in my life... but I have control. I choose to have control over which friends to have around.
Make today a day full of good friends!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not." James Gordon
MANTRA: Every opportunity is a choice. Every choice is an opportunity. (me)
PHOTO OF THE DAY: My mountain....