Compromise 2

Whether you have diabetes or an autoimmune disease which you manage with nutrition, every bite counts.  Continued compromises can create failure.  It is December.  A month easily filled with excuses and excess.  Make it a goal now to come out better than you went in once January hits!  You are in control of what goes into your mouth and your kids’ mouths, even if it doesn’t feel that way.  Make some rules and stick to them.  Maybe something like nothing with artificial colors.  Or no eating out all month.  Or only one glass of wine at a social event.  Or no refined flour products.  You know what’s up.  You know your weak spots, and they’re likely different from mine.  But step back.  Be honest.  Make a plan.

There is no cookie worth a blood sugar of 300.  No piece of Pillsbury dough worth joint pain and swelling.  No piece of cheese worth sitting on the toilet for.  No month of parties worth 5 extra pounds.

Make your home a safe zone.  Today.  December 1st.  Give all the unopened, easy packaged snacks to the food bank.  Give the opened ones to friends.  Or throw in the trash and dump leftover Thanksgiving gravy on top so there are no second chances.  (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m glad.)  Don’t buy more.  Get rid of foods you know are not edifying to your body.

Come out of December better than you went in.


17 thoughts on “

  1. Deborah the Closet Monster

    Hear, hear. Yesterday was my first day back to eating the way I know I feel best after a few weeks of more than moderate “off-roading.” Initially I thought it might be best to accept December won’t be my best, but … it should be a not-best of occasional (not daily!) deviations.

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      Welcome back (to eating how you feel best)! So I’m hearing commitment to occasional, not daily, deviations this month? Sounds like a plan! (Define occasional–ha ha 🙂 🙂 )

      Most of my posts are written for reinforcement for my own brain. I deviated a few weeks ago, “trialed” a few food foes, you know–to see if I could tolerate them yet. Mmm. Mmmm. Mmmmm. Not pretty. So I decided The Holidays for me were going to be solid feel good times and that I would stay true to what I know keeps my body feeling good so I can enjoy the social events and festivities.

      Have a great December!

  2. mommytrainingwheels

    Sound advice! I’ll have to find a small, attainable goal and stick to it. Screw New Years resolution (I’ve personally never done any)! Why not finish the year with better habits and start the new year on the right foot?

  3. myjourneythrume

    Very well said! And definite food for thought when Christmas menu party planning. Delicious food does not need to be bad food. Healthy whole foods are delicious too! I love the quote too. I have definitely felt consequences from continued compromise both with my overall health and recovery and especially with my diet. Compromise might be the easy option but the consequences are not worth it. Here’s to a virtuous December eating well in every sense 🙂

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  5. andthreetogo

    This is awesome! Woo hoo! Talk about encouragement and empowerment. I think I am going to make a commitment to eat more at home, and make sure more vegetables are on our plates when we eat out. It’s a start. And much more expensive living here in Thailand, but it is worth it.

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      Those would be awesome to implement. I often get great ideas for making vegetables at home from the dishes I order while eating out. So fresh vegetables are more expensive there? Seems ironic given how much could grow?? Good luck. Eating in is good because we can control the kind of oil we use. Restaurants often skimp on oil quality.

      1. andthreetogo

        In comparison to how cheap it is to eat out, yes it is much more expensive to eat in. And it is very hard to find organic vegetables here, and when we do they are so expensive. I usually buy veggie at the outdoor markets and hope for the best. 🙂

  6. Boundless

    > Give all the unopened, easy packaged snacks to the food bank.

    Nah, just toss ’em. If they’re a toxin to you, they’re a toxin to them.

    If you found a box of Lawn Darts in the garage, you wouldn’t drop them off at Salvation Army.

    > Give the opened ones to friends.

    There’s an additional problem with that. You are likely to be seen as sending one of two unintended messages:

    1. You don’t eat these, but it’s just your religion, and not due to any real problems with the products (or just your idiosyncratic allergy, which they don’t have).

    2. You are deliberately trying to poison your friends (or at least keep them addicted to SAD junk), because there really are problems with the products.

    If you had an opened carton of cigarettes, you wouldn’t give that to your friends.

    It might seem like a waste, and it WAS, when the junk was originally bought. It’s now too late to undo that, except symbolically, but that symbolism has real consequences. Write it off.

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      I have thought of exactly these same things. Exactly. Except the lawn darts.

      Honestly, I’m not the best evangelist. I know how hard changing food habits are, and I’ll take whatever people can give me. Meet them where they are. If they’ll please just keep trying. Every try attempt may be the successful one. I know some people REALLY buck at waste, and I don’t want to lose them at this step. And in December, people always give food as gifts. Some people feel so much guilt at throwing a gift (someone’s “thoughtfulness”) in the trash. And if they can give it away, maybe it will keep them on track. I don’t know. Just my way of trying to straddle the road.

      Personally, I, 9.9 times out of 10, have no qualms chucking things. But sometimes, those gifts get me. So I donate/regift to good friends who have heard my story and tell me they’re just not interested yet.

      1. Boundless

        re: So I donate/regift to good friends who have heard my story and tell me they’re just not interested yet.

        Well, OK … but make sure they sign the release form :).

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