Epiphanies and patience (not my patience)
Friday, June 08, 2018
So, the picture is of the first fruit set on my dad’s PawPaw trees after over 7 years of tending them carefully and keeping them alive through the brutal western NY winters. We have had blizzards with high winds, temperatures below -40F... but my dad has protected and cherished those trees, and now? If all goes well... he will have done something that he was told he couldn’t do... grow PawPaws outside a greenhouse near Buffalo NY! It has taken tremendous patience and dedication, but that’s my dad! I am very lucky to have a dad like that, aren’t I?
But that wasn’t my epiphany! I was talking with my best friend, and my niece, while we were at the salon getting our hair done... and it occurred to my best friend and me (it was actually an epiphany for both of us) that we don’t have to eat “breakfast” food in the morning, “dinner” food in the evening... we both are adults who live alone... we can eat what we want at the time of day that it appeals to us! It may seem small potatoes to most people, but this was a staggering moment for both of us! I have been having trouble with summoning up any appetite lately, especially in the mornings. But if I can eat whatever appeals to me... that opens up a whole section of options that I had relegated to “lunch or dinner” foods. I have no idea why that hadn’t occurred to either of us before. I have had leftovers for breakfast before, but that was more when I was heavy and would eat “anything, anytime, anywhere”. I imposed self discipline on my eating habits to get where I am today, but maybe I put too strict of limits on what type of food I can eat at a particular time of day? Hmmm? Not that I am going back to stuffing my face with all the leftovers in the mornings, but if I can tempt my appetite with cheese and crackers with my morning coffee... and skip the cereals and other “breakfast” food maybe I can go back to more evenly distributing my calories across the day... I like this idea! So, this morning I am going to try a small serving of cheese and crackers, with slices of tomato (have to have my veggies!) with my coffee... and see how that tides me over (and how my blood glucose reacts)... I don’t know why it’s so ingrained in us to eat breakfast food in the morning, specifically lunch food at midday, and dinner food in the evening (unless it’s a special occasion, and you are having breakfast for dinner)? Is it a cultural thing? Or a human thing? Hmmm... I am going to ask some friends who come from very different cultures what they think. I have one friend from Cambodia... it would be interesting to get her take on this...