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Meet My Friend, "Food!"

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

When I was a young girl, I started hanging around two other girls who seemed really nice. They were both smart and fun. I loved the good laughs and feeling like I was a part of the group. I just loved having good friends. Within a few weeks, they began to increase their joking...and I became the butt of their jokes. It was incessant. While I laughed in the beginning, feeling that it was "harmless" fun, after a few weeks, it began to wear on me. I began to feel insecure and just plain worthless. I began to lose respect for myself. Then I called them on it and i asked them to stop. They looked at me in disbelief and said, "You're too serious...you can't even take a joke." I finally realized that having them in my life wasn't good for me, for my self-esteem or for my overall well being. I decided to move on to find better friends. It's not that I didn't still consider them friends, or that I didn't like them. I still said, "Hi," and I still made small talk on occasion. It's just that I decided that I wouldn't have them be so much a part of my life. It was hard and scary to experience the loneliness while I worked to find new friends. I so wanted the security of belonging to a good group of friends. I eventually found new friends who were uplifting and caring. They helped me through some tough times and I helped them, too. They are still some of my dearest friends in my adult life. I don't regret making that choice. ......................
.................. Fast forward many years later as I became an adult. From the start of adult life I had an insatiable friendship with junk food. My trips to the grocery store entailed carts full of processed foods such as ice cream, chips, baked goods, boxed mixes, etc. Sure, I threw in some token fruit and veggies, but they only took a small part of my dinner plate as it was crowded out by all my empty calories. I became increasingly larger--so much so that I didn't even recognize myself when I looked in the mirror. As this happened, I frequented my friendship with junk food and went through that vicious cycle of eating for comfort, then feeling regret and dread after eating so much junk. My health challenges increased. I knew that, with all the testing, and the possible explanations for the varying symptoms, the ultimate problem was my friendship with junk food. Medicines could work on the symptoms, but they didn't take away the fact that my eating habits caused many of the symptoms. I needed to change. So...five weeks ago, I completely changed my food friends. Rather than reaching for the tub of ice cream, I made myself a vitamin packed natural smoothie. Rather than processed meats, I ate only lean and organic meats. Rather than snacking on chips and candy bars, I reached for fruit and veggies...sometimes with natural peanut or almond butter. You see, it's not that I hated the other foods that are junk. I still liked them. It's not that I've completely cut them out of my life. I have them on occasion. It's just that I've chosen to spend a whole lot less time and effort with the junk food and I've moved on to make better food friends. I now look for foods that fulfill my nutritional needs. I look for recipes that taste good in addition to being nutritious. And you know what? I'm so glad I made that choice. My new food friends make me feel great! I have more energy and I enjoy life a whole lot better. I feel great about myself and about my loose clothing and just about everything that I can think of. I'm so glad that I made new friends. So, my Spark friends, how are you doing? I'm so glad that I joined Spark and made a whole bunch of friends who also uplift me and who help me become a better me. Thank you so much for being my friend! ;) Have an amazing day!
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