Sunday, March 15, 2015

At Peace With Food



Yesterday, my son Colin and I drove up to Roseville, just above Sacramento, to do some shopping.

By 1PM, we were ready to sit, relax, and enjoy a meal.  Colin chose Il Fornaio, an Italian trattoria, and we were shown to a lovely table by the patio.  It was quiet, soothing, and quite pretty there, and I proceeded to open the menu and look for a satisfying, trigger free meal.

I had already said, "No thank you," to the bread and olive oil (more for Colin) and I ordered the roasted chicken with no potatoes and extra vegetables.  

Colin had a beautiful dish of mixed seafood on crostini with spinach, fava beans, and grilled tomato.  He enjoyed every bite, and still had room for dessert.

So now we come to the central point of this e-mail.  As I enjoyed my coffee with cream and chocolate stevia, Colin chose a chocolate torte with caramel ice cream from the rolling cart of artfully prepared desserts.  

Why do I have to bring this up in a Sugar Freedom e-mail?  It's simple.  I had absolutely no desire for a taste of Colin's dessert, even though he offered me a bite, twice.  

The truth is that when I abstain from sugar, grains, and vegetable oils my desire for my personal trigger foods goes away.  Even better, I got full and satisfied on my delicious chicken and vegetables, and I stayed full for hours afterward.  Even with a lot more shopping, walking, and driving, I was still full when we got back to Sonora at 6PM.

Why would I trade that wonderful feeling of satisfaction for the cravings, joint pain, and puffy face I always get after a cheat meal?

I know that permanent abstinence from sugar, grains, and vegetable oils, one day at a time, can sound like a tall order.  The reality is that once the body adjusts to an eating plan of moderate protein, healthy fats, and plenty of above ground vegetables, the desire for trigger foods simply goes away.

I traded the excitement of wine and a fancy dessert for the deep enjoyment of lunch, relaxation, and conversation with my soon to be 14 year old son.

This is what I wish for all of my Sugar Freedom readers.  No matter what foods have gotten in the way of your happiness up to now, I want you to know that you can loosen their grip on you, and leave them behind.  The rewards of doing this are greater than fat loss and the chance to look younger and wear a smaller size.

The reward is the feeling of being at peace with food.
The fountain near our table.