“But I Baked This Just For You!”
“Danger, Danger Will Robinson!!!”
Are you lost in a saboteur universe just as the Robinson family was in the 1960s television series, Lost in Space?
Food saboteurs might be lurking all around you. Yes, social situations present challenges to remaining faithful to a weight loss plan. Arm yourself for the party season ahead with some practical ways to resist saboteurs.
Possible family scenario: Cousin Esmeralda remarks during dinner, “Andrea, save room for dessert because I made your favorite chocolate pecan pie!”
Okay, so now the guilt feelings start emerging. How do you get out of this? I’d love to have a slice but I’m being so self-disciplined!
If you’re a “people pleaser,” you’d rather hurt yourself than someone’s feelings, so you’ll probably eat it, right? Let me ask you, if you were a recovering drug addict and someone came to you and cajoled, “But I bought this cocaine just for you!” would you take it? Hopefully not. Why? Because it would destroy your healthy-living goal and wreck your godly temple, thus grieving the Holy Spirit, that’s why! Common sense!
The pecan pie itself, isn’t wrong to eat. It’s how we react to food that’s the key. Who’s in control? Your brain or your emotions? Your weight goal or the pie? (If sugar’s a food trigger, that’s a different blog subject)
So let’s come up with some strategies to overcome this particular temptation:
- First acknowledge your cousin’s kindness because I doubt her intention was to sabotage you. (Although the lady in the above photo looks slightly sinister) Recognize what Cousin Esmeralda did was not intentional.
- What you don’t want to do is state that you’re trying to get healthy in front of everyone because that might insult her, insinuating that her foods are unhealthy. It could even create a tirade of family protestations, “You look great! You can’t lose any more!”, ”Oh my! You already look so gaunt, eat something!” inhibiting your restraint. (Resist your own publicity.)
- Privately to Cousin Esmeralda state, “What a thoughtful gesture! Would you mind if . . .” while already resolving to:
- Eat less stuffing, gravy, potatoes, candied yams and rolls during dinner so you can eat a small sliver afterward. You’re exchanging carbohydrate and fat selections for another choice.
- Take a piece home, break it into smaller bites, freeze and consume over several days. (Call your cousin and let her know how much you enjoyed it even more the following day!) You probably did because you can savor the taste without feeling uncomfortable.
- Walk ten miles the next day for an entire piece or five miles for a sliver. Remember, it’s your choice. If you ate it, you own it. Exercise it off, don’t wear it! You’re in control of your choices.
Titus 2:12 “It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,”
Where there’s a will there’s a way. Incorporate these actions into any party scenario. Use the above strategies whether it’s a July 4th BBQ rib dinner or your favorite cake at a birthday party. You can have your cheesecake and eat it too if you strategize beforehand. Be prepared, have a Plan and a Plan B.
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13