Snacking: Freedom to waste!

Snacking is something that I really struggle with.  Actually, BINGING is something I really struggle with, and it’s the thing I’m most working on overcoming right now.  The Easter candy got to me this week, not so much in binging, but in snacking throughout the day.  But I had a great moment yesterday.  There was a bag of peanut M&M’s in the kitchen that had been calling to me.  I resisted for a while, but then just gave up.  I headed to the kitchen, driven by the purpose of getting the M&M’s.

My feet took a detour.  Almost as if they had a mind of their own, and I ended up with an apple instead.

It was a breakthrough moment for me.  Because so often, as I have struggled with eating disorder, I have felt like I have no control.  Like my body just goes to the kitchen for the snacks and I’ve eaten entirely too much, before I even know what I’m doing.

I’ve been reading a lot about Spiritual Warfare lately, and without getting into that too much right now, I’ll say that I feel like yesterday was a winning battle.  Instead of Satan leading me to things that are destructive, the Holy Spirit led me to something good, and instead of regret, I felt victory.

I know there are some of you reading this, and thinking, “what’s the big deal?”  But, to me, someone who has struggled with food addiction and various other forms of eating disorders.  It was a huge moment.

Now, for some of our favorite snacks:

-Sweet potato fries dipped in yogurt
-Frozen yogurt bites
-Trail mix
-Fruit/Yogurt parfaits with homemade granola
-Quaker mini rice cakes (the caramel corn ones are awesome!)

And, here is one of my biggest tips when it comes to snacking or eating:  Don’t be afraid to waste your food!

I am the biggest proponent of NOT being wasteful, in most circumstances.  We are taught from a young age to eat everything on your plate.  I remember being 4 years old in head start and being sad because people who cleared their plate got a happy face sticker.  I never had a happy plate.

Now, I never have a SAD plate.

Overall, waste is bad.  But, when it comes to those of us who struggle with food, we need to get out of that mindset.

Did you open a can of soda, and take just a few drinks?  That’s okay…throw it away!

Did you eat ¾ of your candy bar?  If you’re “done” with it, don’t reason that there’s only a couple bites left…Toss it!

If your kids don’t finish their food, don’t finish it for them, throw it away!

Yes, it’s bad to waste food.  It’s worse to fill your body with even more junk calories.  Your health is more important than a little bit of wasted food.

My weight is holding steady, but after all the Easter candy this weekend, I’m okay with that.  Plus, at the end of last week, I had some fluctuation of about 2 pounds and that has settled down, so I’m okay with the holding steady and not gaining!

Pounds lost: 10
Pounds to first goal: 5
Pounds till overall goal: 55

(Check out:  Weight Loss Wednesday, and Women Living Well’s 5 week challenge)


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