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No Disrespect

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“Don’t dwell on any real or imagined pleasure you once got from certain foods. Change the channel!” (Before You Take That First Compulsive Bite, Remember . . .)

Even after years of not eating my trigger foods, I have the habit of not going down supermarket aisles that contain the non-foods I used to worship. If by chance my husband buys some for himself, I don’t allow them in any cupboard that I open ten or twenty times a day. I put those things somewhere away from my sight and tell my husband where they are. At first, he didn’t understand, and he still finds it a bit strange, but thankfully he has accepted my request. My not dwelling on the foods I used to abuse is me respecting my dis-ease, my dis-order.

I used to be disrespectful of my trigger foods, which led me to disrespect all kinds of other foods. For me, I know I can’t have just one bite or one portion of my trigger foods (which have sugar as their primary base). Yes, of course, I felt the loss at first, but it did become a feeling of surrender, acceptance, and freedom. In no official dietary guidelines do I see my trigger foods listed. I do not need them to live a strong and healthy life. It is quite the opposite, and I am in gratitude for “mutually respectful” living.

— Barbara W., Canada

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