Resolutions? What Resolutions? Confessions of a So-Called Foodie

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"Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbours, and let every New-Year find you a better Man." Quoted in Benjamin Franklin's 1755 Poor Richard's
Almanac
, December


A New Year!

Every New Years Eve my family gathers together to watch the festivities on Television. We enjoy watching pop artists from the year playing their hits and watching the crowd dancing and enjoying the party.

One of the discussions that my wife and I have prior to this festive ending is the discussion of our Resolutions for the New Years Beginning.

A Resolution is defined as being a firm decision made by an individual and each Resolution is firm in our minds when we pop the cork on the champagne, or sparkling mineral water in our case.

A Resolution is more of a peek at the things we want to change about our lives, a realization that it should happen not the actual action or showing of resolve.

We both agreed our Resolution was to eat better. So how does a family who prides itself in only serving homegrown fruits and veggies with free range meats and eggs from our chickens come to the decision that the big change in our lives for 2015 is to change our diet?

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"For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words
await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning."
T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"

A New Life

Long before meeting my wife and starting my family I had a horrible diet of fast food. I did not care about food or what I put in my body.

The worst part was that I had a problem with overeating, which may be genetic since my mother has the same problem. I would sit and finish a whole large pizza in one sitting or clean out a store bought box of cookies without even thinking about it.

I had many problems with my health including severe IBD, Irritable Bowel Disorder, GURD, Gastric Reflux, and a gallbladder that just stopped working. I had other bad habits, but overeating is the topic of this article.

When I met my wife we both had issues with our eating. She was a vegetarian but not a healthy eating vegetarian at the time and both of us would just eat and eat.

Over the years we embraced the life of foodies and put more thought into what we ate and how we ate it. We changed and our health changed. I no longer suffered from IBD or GURD. The gallbladder sadly remained removed.

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Effects of Sugar on the Body and Brain

Positive Effects
Negative Effects
 
High Energy Load
Increase Heart Disease
 
Glycolic Acid for Skin health
Immune System Disfunction
 
Less Processed
Chromium Deficiency
 
 
Aging
 
 
Dental Decay
 
 
Low Sex Drive
 
 
Lower Learning Ability
 
 
Obtrudes Nutrient Uptake
 

Do you suffer from chronic eating or overeating?

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Want a Coke?” Abra asked. “Sugar solves lots of problems, that’s what I think.” Stephen King "Doctor Sleep"

So What Went Wrong

Have you ever seen the movie "This is Forty" where Paul Rudd sneaks cupcakes every chance he gets. This is me.

We try to keep only fresh healthy food in our house so my meals and snacks at home are generally healthy and this is a blessing.

The problem lies at work. On any given day there is a wide variety of donuts, cookies, and cakes. I love sweets. I love them so much I have no control. I will sit next to the cookies and put one after the other in my mouth.

Soon the fifteenth cookie and third slice of cake overpower the great salad I had for lunch. I have gone years now where my symptoms of IBD and GURD have not been present even with my work diet.

This year was different. I ate junk and more junk and never faltered in my continuous compacting of junk food into my belly. It was a nightmare. But to make matters worse the symptoms came back full swing and by Christmas I could hardly enjoy the Christmas treats through the pain.

I immediately felt the results of the sugar and its effects on my mood and my general health.

I felt strong in my resolve this year due to the way I had made myself feel.


A Love Of Food (A Sonnet)

If lists were made of all that feel my love

I'm sad to say that near the top, butter

and sugar, flour mixed for each flavor

on display, so sweet like a morning dove.

But like all love, sometimes the pleasure

will bring me back to the birth of my child

or when our eyes met and we first smiled,

times of confidence when we felt footsure.

So we can see in books that love is cruel

when we smile too long in sugary joy

with need and desire we consume all

with no control we eat like a fool

our minds devious plan or some odd ploy

to eat our cake and feel our earthly fall.

Damn Those Resolutions!

So for the first five days of January I avoided all sweets and ate only fresh food. I felt better, was thinking clearly again, and my belly had stopped it's aching.

But on the fifth day I returned to work and found a counter full of cookies and baked goods. I lost control again.

Today is the day after and I have been working on this article and thinking about my choices. "One day at a time" is a common mantra in AA and I find it fits here. Maybe today I can make it through the whole day without sugar. Maybe today will be a good day.

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tillsontitan 23 months ago from New York

You are so not alone Jamie. While others may not share your immediate consequences of eating sugar we certainly share the long term effects. Since I quit smoking (99 percent of the time), and was laid up with my back, my dear appetite has reached epic proportions! Sweets, butter, ah they call to me.

I know, I know, I need to stop. None of my clothes fit and there's a fat lady in my mirror! So Jamie, you are not alone and I hope this time next year we will both be so proud of how well we did ;). Blessings to you.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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billybuc 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

I know better than to make resolutions. :) I just make constant goals and adjust them as I go. As for food resolutions....as they would say in Brooklyn....forgetaboutit! :)


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Lori P. 23 months ago from Southern California USA

I can relate to your plight! Some people do well with resolutions but they have more disciplined natures. For free spirits who enjoy the highs and lows of the human experience, being boxed into one way of living is a sure-fire way to spur open rebellion!

At least you lasted five days. My record is only three. Every time I announced to my family that we were going vegetarian, they would groan. Now, they just wait out three days.

Resolutions are mandates. I need freedom to do as I wish. So I restate those good intentions by focusing on what I wish: I wish to eat healthier foods. I wish to feel vibrant. Then, these become free will choices and not rules to break.

And when I want to enjoy something that is less healthy, I enjoy it without guilt. I know that this choice is a temporary one. I will make a better choice next time. :)

People are designed to be free. Free to choose what they want out of life. Try to impede that and your mind will rebel much like a defiant teenager.

When your choices elicit joyful feelings, you will succeed.


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annart 23 months ago from SW England

It's not easy to avoid the sugars; maybe you should ask those in charge at work to limit the availability of all those cakes! They have a responsibility to withdraw the temptation too, even if those goodies make them a few pennies. If they're free, then they'll save money won't they?!

All power to you to avoid the sugar. Just remember that pain and see each cake, each sweet, as a jab in the stomach!

It' easy to say, not so easy to do. I wish you luck, Jamie.

Great hub.

Ann


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jhamann 23 months ago from Reno NV Author

tillsontitan-I will make sure to let you know how well I have done. I hope you are feeling better. Thank you. Jamie

bill-I know that our food relationships are the hardest to break, but can really be rewarding. I hope the New Year is treating you well. Jamie

Lori P.- This is true about free will and I have a free spirit. The problem is my free spirit took flight in my youth and kinda played havoc on the older me. Thank you. Jamie

ann-Sometimes my coworkers go on diets and I get a repreive. Have you seen the "30 Rock" where Liz Lemon has to give up refined sugars and goes CRAZY. I feel her. Thank you. Jamie


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AudreyHowitt 23 months ago from California

One day at a time--I don't have the sugar thing--mine is all salt, but it amounts to the same thing--I never walk down the potato chip aisle


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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton

I find myself right there with you my friend.. happy new year


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

Great hub Jamie, love the sonnet. My New Year Resolution was not to make any resolutions...I can never stick to them. Fortunately I am not a sugar fan, except ice cream occasionally and some in my coffee...but don't like cake, donates, cookies etc much...and we live 45 minutes drive to the nearest fast food outlet so very rarely eat any of that. I can relate to overeating at work though, when I was working I had the same problem, damn canteen food :) voted up.


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manatita44 23 months ago from london

I wish you strength, Bro, to avoid temptation. You say that you met the food home, though. Difficult to avoid then.

Do what you can and as best you can. Feel good about yourself and never give up! The rest, I suppose, is up to Him, perhaps. No se. (Spanish)

Chromium deficiency? Did not know that one but makes sense. See that you have done a sonnet. Great! A love of food, sonnet. Hehe. Perhaps laughter will help. Do what you can and don't fret. In Love and Light


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South

Strange that all my life and it has been a good long one (lol) sweets really did not tempt me; I would be more to go for chips and dip for a binge. Now that I am older though I crave a sweet almost as soon as I eat no matter how full I am! I think the best we can do is replace it with fruit or a lesser evil (even if a sweet) when we just can't say no!


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ChitrangadaSharan 23 months ago from New Delhi, India

Very interesting hub indeed!

I think most of us are like that. I do love sweets but have no cravings. New year eve is the time when the entire family and friends get together, enjoy and celebrate. So its not possible to avoid or stay away from sweets or other delicious/ high calorie food.

One day at a time--is more practical. Thanks for sharing this interesting hub! Voted up!


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jhamann 23 months ago from Reno NV Author

Thank you Audrey, Frank, Jodah, manatita44, Jackie, and ChitrangandaSharan for stopping by and sharing my New Years plight with me. I have found that sometimes bringing these issues to light, by writing about it, really helps to face and tackle issues and all your support helps a great deal, also. Jamie


Smilealot 23 months ago

I think any effort made to improve your diet has to be worth it. I hope you manage to muster up lots of willpower in 2015:-))


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jhamann 23 months ago from Reno NV Author

Thank you smilealot I hope that your New Years is going well. I need to come over to your hub for a visit soon. Jamie


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chef-de-jour 23 months ago from Wakefield, West Yorkshire,UK

You say you want a resolution, well, you know, we all want to change the world - to paraphrase The Beatles! But if you go stuffing yourself with candy and cake, you ain't gonna lose weight for heaven's sake!

OK I'll stop now. Sorry. I hope you can get over this craving for the sweet. Finding that elusive balance is tricky.

I enjoyed the sonnet, some nice iambs riding the wave.


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phdast7 23 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Oh Jamie - So many of us have a story that parallels or nearly parallels yours. It is so hard, and temptation is everywhere. Most of my laugh what called to me were salty, cheesy, buttery things. I walked past most sweets. Somehow that changed when I turned 52 and now I seem to have no will power at all when it comes to sweets! I will pray for both of us.

I think you are right about one day at a time. Resolutions can lead to failure, then guilt, then more eating so we will "momentarily" feel better. All we can do is keep trying. Blessings. Theresa


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jhamann 23 months ago from Reno NV Author

Thank you chef-de-jour for bringing a smile to my face this morning. I love the Beatles reference, well played. Jamie

Theresa-Thank you, I have been doing better these last couple days, probably because I have avoided temptation. Jamie


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teaches12345 23 months ago

One of the best things I did for myself was to adjust my eating habits. I was heading towards health problems and found my food choices were leading me to diabetes. I hope you can find a balance in eating, it takes time and go at it slowly but consistently. I enjoyed your poem.


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jhamann 22 months ago from Reno NV Author

Thank you teaches12345. I hope you have a wonderful day! Jamie


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The Examiner-1 22 months ago

This was very interesting and useful Jamie. I already try to use as many "organic" foods as I can because I know about fructose, and high fructose. At work, you should bring some celery and raw carrot sticks to keep right on your desk to have instead of the cookies. At home try things like brussel sprouts and peas plus fruit like peaches and figs. They all have a sweet taste. I enjoyed this and voted up, shared and pinned it.

Kevin


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jhamann 22 months ago from Reno NV Author

Thank you Kevin for the advice and the share. I hope you are well. Jamie

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