Joy in saying,"NO!" to food ... Who Knew?
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Well, it's been a week since the inspiration for this blog came to my mind. It was Sunday morning and I was feeling joyful because, without any negative feelings, I have been able to withstand temptation and say "no" to many foods since Dec. 26th. I know I do it with the help of the Holy Spirit, but I also know it is because medical professionals have told me I cannot eat those foods and I am a very obedient girl to those kinds of folks (usually). I cannot tell you what kind of relief it has been to me to not have to make decisions about whether or not to succumb to the temptation of many of my trigger foods: sugar, potatoes, corn, etc. Nor have I had "false hunger" from foods that were actually causing me stomach pain which I mistook for hunger: eggs, peanuts, tomatoes, etc. For the first time saying "No" has been EASY and I have joy in this new sense of control. I have joy in the fact that I can finally say, "I want to learn to cook," because the number of recipe choices are not anywhere near so overwhelming. I know it sounds weird ... but it's the truth!
Here's the thing that has bothered me for years. Everyone talks about how difficult it is for smokers, drug addicts and alcoholics to give up their physical addiction, and I know for a fact this is true. However, rarely do we hear about how difficult it is for an overweight person to give up a physical addiction to sugar or other harmful foods. In fact, most the time we don't even realize it is an addiction! Smokers don't have to buy cigarettes, drug addicts don't have to buy drugs, etc., but we HAVE to eat and the trigger foods for our addiction are EVERYWHERE, all the time. On top of that, we deal with people who judge us for NOT resisting temptation, and we deal with those who judge us for not giving in (just one little bite, go ahead!)
Tomorrow, I go to work for a "professional development day." The boss has offered to bring in breakfast (cinnamon rolls) and take us out a local Bar-B-Que place that has no healthy options (heart attack waiting to happen I call it). I have told him multiple times I would just like some fruit in the morning, and I haven't even approached a change in meeting place for lunch. He asked me again Friday, "Are you still sticking with the fruit idea, or are you going to take a break for a day?" I guess he hasn't noticed that I have turned down every pizza day and treat he's offered me since November LOL.
Anyway, I say this, not for myself, but for all of us who deal with similar issues. First, identify your trigger foods (get help from a nutrition therapist or other professional if needed) then feel the joy of saying "NO!" I can't eat it. Bask in the feeling of stability as your blood sugar stays level. Revel in the fact that your shopping cart is filled with delicious fruits and vegetables that you will portion off into single serving sizes. Brag about the healthy meals you are cooking for yourself and your family. Enjoy the lack of hunger pangs and guilt! Love your new energy, the look of your skin, your reduced PMS, and the control you feel in a previously out of control situation. Thank the Lord for the strength and rewards He has given you and feel the JOY in saying "NO!"