While away up north with family 2 weeks ago, we tended to eat out most days. I was able to go sugar-free with the exception of a few glasses of wine and cider. I ate some deliciously stodgy foods, but realised that I could not live like that all the time. From beef-burgers in white flour buns, to roast dinner, potatoes, fish in batter and chips, it was nice, but I could feel that eating like that consistently would totally knock me off balance.
I would put on weight, sap my energy and mess with my digestion. And while I was away it did. The food made me constipated and tired, yet many people in restaurants and family said to me “Ah well… you only live once!”.
Many could say: “But you could eat healthily and be run over by a bus tomorrow, or still get sick”. Yes, this is true, but who says that eating healthy is not tasty or satisfying? Once you kick the sugar addiction and the stodge addiction, your body yearns for healthy life-giving foods.
A good friend always says to me “Let the first mouthful be the banquet” and what he means is, enjoy a little taste but no need to eat the entire banquet every day. It’s not so much of a joy when you have the opportunity to taste something different.
While sitting at the airport writing this blog, the cafe server asked me if I wanted the meal deal with a bag of crisps included, saying: “You only live once!”. I nodded and sat down and ate my yucky stodgy bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich with gluten sticking to my teeth. And thought to myself “Yes, I only live once and I choose to live fully!”.
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