As much as I like to complain about how difficult it has been to eat real food out in social situations and restaurants, how much I miss store-bought condiments and my white chocolate mochas, and how I have occasionally wondered if it was the right thing to involve (and restrict) our childrens’ diets…I have to admit that I am glad we are doing this. I guess it took me a little while, but I am finally starting to see a clear picture of what we have gained from our experience thus far…
I finally found a way to get my post meal “chocolate fix” by combining the (sugarless) chocolate powerballs recipe with the pecans from the homemade maple pecan ice cream recipe…and let me tell you I think they are so good. I have to restrict myself from not eating too many. I wanted to get some opinions from my friends’ taste buds since I haven’t had an ounce of sugar in weeks. A few of them said they were good, but they usually like their treats to be a little sweeter. One friend in particular said “well, it’s not a Snickers bar” and I found this to be very interesting, because my honest opinion is that they are as good as a Snickers bar. She said, well when you eat a snickers bar again you might think it is overly sweet. Hmmm…maybe that’s not such a bad way to feel when that time comes? It sure would be easy to avoid overly sweetened foods if I don’t even like how they taste.
- Adjusted expectations –
I was preparing dinner last night when my 3-year-old started circling the kitchen, hungry for a snack. It seems like no matter how early I start dinner it always gives at least one of my children the idea that it is time for a snack. Since I was busy cooking she was limited to items within her reach. It honestly felt so nice to have my child willingly pull out one very healthy snack after another and ask to eat them. Why in the world would I have to say “no” to anything she selected when it included all natural applesauce, dried apple rings, freeze dried bananas, peanuts, and then cheese? This child of mine could not have been any happier with being able to pick out food herself. And since we literally got rid of (or hid) every last item that doesn’t follow our rules a few weeks ago, she only expects to find those healthy foods in our house. I am so thankful it has become the new and very much accepted normal around here.
- Apprehension about going back to “the way things were” –
My husband and I have often wondered…what will we do on day 101? Aside from going to get donuts from Krispy Kreme (which my 5-year-old has a passion for and requested long ago) what will I stock my kitchen with? Will I go back to (what I imagine will taste like super sweet) white chocolate mochas? Or will they not even taste good anymore? Will I buy and stock my purse with suckers to calm fussy children in public? Why would I do that when we have managed to go so long without it? I do think that I will let up on always having to bring our own food to social events mainly because it is so much work, but other than that I can’t foresee any reason to stop doing most of what we are doing.
I cannot imagine coming to these same conclusions by just trying to eat “healthy” versus following the 100 Days rules that we have made for ourselves. I feel at peace today with our decision to do this, although I do recognize (as any moody female could understand) that I have 75 more days to have 75 more different attitudes about all of this…but as far as today goes it is a good day!