As I moving forward with bariatric
surgery I know that many of the things in my life will change. No longer will my life center around
food. And let’s face it, many of our
lives center around food. What we are going to eat, how we are going to eat it,
and who we are going to eat it with, etc.
We really only have to have
breakfast, lunch, and dinner and maybe a couple of healthy snacks a day, but we
make such a production of it. We have
forgotten that we are eating to live and we now focus on living to eat. Get a
promotion at work? Go out to eat. Child
gets good grades on report card? Go out
for pizza. Grandchildren are over for a
visit? Go out for ice cream. And this is
just the tip of the ice cream sundae!
Think about it. How often do you get together with your
friends and family without a ton of food around? Let’s start with the first of
the year, ok, well end of the year New Years Eve.
New Year’s Eve party. There is
always tons of food and liquor, then the next day many families have a big
Then you are finishing up the
football season with playoffs and the big Superbowl Sunday. What happens during
football games on Sunday? Wings, pizza, and beer. Amiright?
Onto Valentine’s Day, which brings
chocolate and maybe a dinner out. Maybe
your family watches hockey, which means more wings and pizza and beer.
March brings St. Patricks day and
corned beef and cabbage big family meal.
Sometime in either March or April you get Easter, which means more candy
and another big family dinner of ham, potato, veggies, and whatever else your
family brings. And more candy because its Easter and there is always way more
candy than you need.
May starts creemee season in
Vermont. Mothers Day brunches, College
Graduations, Memorial Weekend (I.E. the official start of Summer and BBQ
season), which all equal family get togethers and more food.
June brings high school graduation
(Graduation Parties), Fathers Day (BBQ’s) and the start of Wedding Season and
Thursday night races at Thunder Road.
July has of course July 4th,
with parades, and festivals, and believe it or the start of Fair season! What is a Fair without fair food?
August doesn’t have any official
holidays or anything, but in Vermont you can find a Fair or Festival every
weekend. Family vacations before the
little ones go back to school.
September brings the most important
fair – Tunbridge World’s Fair! And oh
yeah Labor Day.
October brings Halloween and candy
galore and you are back into
November brings Thanksgiving, which
is just about food.
December brings Christmas, Holiday
parties, several Christmas get togethers and more food than you know what to do
These are all the activities that
you know about. Throw in the extra last
minute events, celebrations, birthday parties, anniversaries, you name it. Do
you see how our lives revolve around food?
Then there are the cooking
shows. I love watching Chopped, Guys
Grocery Games, Chopped Jr, and Cutthroat Kitchen. Those people can cook!
How many times have you treated
yourself with food? How many times have
you celebrated with food? These are the
types of things that I have to totally re-think. No more food for a job well done. No more food for having a bad day.
What are some of the ways you treat
yourself instead of food? What do you do
if you are having a bad day and don’t want to reach for the chips or chocolate?