Giving Thanks For Total Recall

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I spent a lovely holiday weekend with family and friends eating, drinking, and being merry. This was the first gobble-gobble fest that I did not binge, or have a single dessert.

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You’re probably wondering how I managed that when there were sweets a plenty tempting me everywhere I turned, like these lovely homemade pies my daughter baked.

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Easy… I created a new game called, “Total Recall”, which I’ve been playing since I removed refined sugar from my diet in last month’s plan.

Since I don’t want to open the floodgates of my food addiction hell, my shoulder angel coaches me through the sugary temptation my shoulder devil (now bound and gagged), would have otherwise enticed me with. My angelic coach starts by asking if I remember what the treat du jour tastes like. I always do, and then bring to mind the multitude of times I’ve gorged on it in the past. I meditate on that for a moment, and then take a phantom bite in my mind, vividly recalling every detail – the texture, the flavour, and even the high I would get. The beauty of this exercise is that I don’t ingest a single calorie, and there isn’t a trace of the guilt aftertaste that always followed a binge.

I’m pleased to report my sugar-free Thanksgiving wasn’t any less enjoyable – actually, I left the festivities proud of myself knowing I fed my promise to nourish my mind, body, and spirit, and not my addiction, and for that, I am truly thankful.

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For my Week 45 food journal, click here.