I was struggling with my day of not being able to have the foods that I was use to eating. I had been strong for two weeks and on this particular day, I was still eating what I should and studying recipes, but I did so begrudgingly.
My husband had planned to take me out that evening to meet at a Starbucks to purchase some old doorknobs we needed for a home project and I just became more surly as I declined having him get anything from Starbucks for me. So, he got his door knobs and coffee and I sat there feeling hungry. Again.
So, I asked if we could grab something to eat – that I needed to get a salad because I needed more vegetables to log for my day. We decided to try Chick-fil-A and as I stood and looked at the menu screens, I quickly realized that I couldn’t eat some things in many of the salads. “Your salads are probably homemade, aren’t they?” I asked the Clark who stood at the register. “Yes, Ma’am.” I turned to my husband and I said, “Well, I can’t have the cabbage, (because of how the lectins will react in my body.) I can’t have the bacon (because that’s pork.) And I can’t have the corn, (because I’m allergic to corn.)” So, Clark, quickly responded saying, “Oh, we can make the salad however you’d like!” I thanked him and he responded, “My pleasure.”Music to my ears!
So, I waited a few short moments for my salad to be made and chose a dressing that fit my eating profile and gobbled it up. And I felt better. Something about having a salad made that I didn’t have to pick apart felt great. And it did fill me up.
We decided to stop at a grocery store on the way home and check out their gluten free section (yeah, we’re pretty wild on our date nights – haha) and after a 40 minute shopping trip putting great stuff in our cart, we pull up behind the coupon lady. She was dressed in blue scrubs and it was evident she was a health professional who had recently gotten off work. She was ringing multiple like items together and paying only 11 cents and 10 cents for 6 Minute-Maids and other radome sugar-laden foods. (Her last purchase, they paid her 65 cents!) My cart rang up for $165. It became quickly evident that there was a disconnect between good food and junk food. The manufacturers are to blame for this as they are willing to give away their free sugar-laden foods in hopes of getting someone hooked on their sweet treat. They are sugar-crack dealers. And I just thought it was a bit of irony that the coupon clipping “health” professional was feeding her family JUNK and the obese woman with the expensive cart was buying the healthy food!
On the way home, I thought about my choices and how the day had gone. I was thankful for my supportive husband. I was thankful I had money to buy the foods I needed to eat. and I realized that my attitude had improved. It was a great reminder to me that at any time, we can hit the reset button with our attitude. Change is a daily choice to make even just one area of our lives better. When we are trying to make changes for ourself as well as our family, that’s a lot. It’s a reminder that I have a relationship with sugar-laden food and we are breaking up. And that’s OK. There are other better choices out there (like my Chick-fil-A salad) that I can make and feel GREAT!