Farewell, Peanut Butter

Every once in awhile I get hooked on something. When that happens, I have to go cold turkey until I can get the monkey off my back. Some things, I can’t touch again. Like Diet Coke, for example. If I drink one, I’m not only off the wagon, I’m rolling around under the wheels. I know my limits. (Another symptom of my addiction: I write in cliches.)

But there’s one thing I struggle with over and over again. I try to live in the world with it. To find a happy place. (Mentally skinny people call it moderation. I hate moderation.) Clearly, I’m still struggling.

My nemesis? Peanut butter. Right now, I’m hooked on the organic kind fresh out of the grinder. Better than the sugar-filled Jif I tell myself. I go in the store for organic greens and it calls out, “Pick me! Pick me! Just eat a teaspoon of me. You know I’m good for you.”

Somehow, I believe it. Every time, I believe it. Like a dysfunctional relationship…I just keep going back.

I’m not proud of it.

I’m okay with all the other butters: almond, cashew, apple. But not the peanut. It’s an ongoing issue. And since I’ve had kids for the past 26 years, I’ve always got to have it close by. I mean, choosy mothers and all. I use to lock it in my car trunk, but then that just seemed too weird.

It’s time to face this now. So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to treat it like I treat every other thing that grabs hold of me in an unhealthy way and smashes my face in the sand. I’m going to give it a roundhouse kick to the temple–and then let it go.

And maybe, just maybe, at some point we can live together in a healthier way in the world.

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About jamieweilhealthcoach

I'm on a mind-body-spirit journey. At first, I thought health was about the physical body, but I'm discovering it's so much more than that. I've learned that it's more about serving and connecting with others than anything else. It's about being in the world in a blissful way. Before I blog, I meditate on what my readers need to hear--what will inspire them. Then, I write it. (www.getstrongblog.com)
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9 Responses to Farewell, Peanut Butter

  1. Abraham Weil says:

    !!!

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Wendy says:

    Hi Jamie! I’m really enjoying your blog. I read it every morning Im here at work and it keeps me motivated to stay on track and you have some great ideas….so thank you for being so disciplined for the rest of us that need that extra boost of motivation!

    Wendy

  3. Sharon says:

    what’s wrong with peanut butter?

    • It’s not the peanut butter, Sharon. It’s my over-use of the peanut butter that’s the issue. Peanut butter is obviously a good food if it’s not a trigger food. And I know it’s not because you have a little jar in your fridge and it’s not gone:) See how I know that! Thanks for a great week! xo

  4. I love peanut butter! I use to have a peanut butter sandwich every day when I was younger. I love anything made with peanut butter but I have pretty much given it up since I started Take Shape For Life. Along with potatoes, bread, ice cream.

    • Many people have these trigger foods, foods that get you into the overeating mode. Many people find it easier to avoid them, just like an alcoholic avoids alcohol. Thanks for sharing yours, Julia, my Hold- the-PB sister!

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