April 22


Torpedoed by Leftovers

By Sue Ingebretson

April 22, 2014

diet, family, fun, goals, Holiday, leftovers, nutrition plans, peeps, sabotage, seasonal foods, treats

Torpedoed by Leftovers  


Do you suffer from have leftover-itis? Family get-togethers can be a blast. Good conversations, good fun, and good food abound. Additionally, the good times go on and on when you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor from one meal to the next.


But, can leftovers torpedo your

nutrition plans?

 (They can if the following statements cross your mind.)


Beware of these potentially destructive thoughts:


torpedoed-by-leftoversONEI have to eat this NOW because it’s a family holiday treat. (Like Aunt Mariam’s braided bread wreaths….)


TWOI have to eat this NOW because it’s a seasonal thing. (Can you say Peeps??)


THREEI have to eat this NOW before ___________ eats it all. (You can fill in that blank and I won’t tell.)


FOURI have to eat this NOW before it goes “bad.” (When you think about it, eating beyond personal hunger is never beneficial, so who pays the price of saving a few pennies?)


Did you notice how we often mix-up our memories of fun and family with our food? After all, a marshmallow Peep is just a Peep. The good times with loved ones can’t be expressed in processed sugar.


I understand that the experiences of fun and family are often intertwined, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t separate them upon a little reflective thought.


Do leftovers sometimes sabotage your nutritional goals and plans? Which of these FOUR thoughts affect you the most? Or, are your thoughts not on this list?


I can’t wait to hear what YOU have to say….    


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  1. I have to have something sweet. There is only pecan pie left. I threw out all the other danger foods. I can have only one piece and stop. Wait. If I start with the one piece, I might waken the beast and eat the whole thing and then have to listen to my hubby and boys comments about it. I ate a piece. It had corn syrup which I haven’t had in a very long time. I’m miserable. LIke a drug to my body. I feel jumpy and anxious. Ugh.

    1. Christy — thanks so much for sharing the path and journey that WE ALL can relate to! It helps to just remove the “foods” that make us feel sick, but sometimes we do make the choice to eat them. The key is – what do we do with the information we receive afterward? FOOD is INFORMATION. Does it make us feel great? Just okay, or downright sick? That’s great info to know. We can make different choices next time based on that info. And, as you mentioned, there’s that “drug effect.” Sometimes when we’re on that path of destruction, it’s hard to take a step back and make healthier decisions. That’s when we can reach out to communities such as this for feedback, support, love, and encouragements. Thanks again for sharing and I hope to hear from many more of you ….

  2. Hi,

    I wish I had the information Sue Ingebretson has presented today earlier. I was unable to keep my job due to my being too ill and the doctors not being able to treat, never mind diagnose, my symptoms. I had gotten to the point where I opened a computer and could not figure out how to use it even though I had been able to do so in the past. There was no saving my job and worse than that is no one thought I was sick. It’s invisible to everyone except the person who has it or some other person who has it. If you don’t have it, you have no idea what it is all about. I do believe that chemicals in our food supply, our cleaning supplies , personal care products are partly responsible. Adrenal problems and fibromyalgia/CFS illness is the result of that and of the stress that this new “get it done today” mentality causes. I do plan on learning all I can about treatment, how to limit use of chemicals and most of all how to eat better and learn how to use yoga, tai chi and chi gong to calm my mind. Thank you and I hope you continue to be able to work around your Fibro. I often wonder if it ever goes away completely or does it need to be managed for the rest of my life.

    -Heidi Bravo

    1. Heidi — you’ve brought up some very important points and I think that others here will benefit from your comments. The only point I’d like to add is my own experience on the CURE vs MANAGEMENT issue. I do personally know a few people who have been able to remove the symptoms of fibromyalgia completely. Whether this is a complete cure or whether it’s in remission remains to be seen. For me, I was able to live symptom free (after my initial healing) for several years before experiencing a stressful event which brought some symptoms back. For me, I’m able to manage and maintain my health through my personal nutrition, fitness, and emotional wellness (stress, sleep, etc.) practices. I still have personal set-backs here and there but when they happen, I have control over how I choose to handle them, and how I choose to heal. Again — thanks for sharing!

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