Has your food rigidity and dietary choices ever resulted in difficulty or awkwardness on social occasions?
I’m not talking about allergies and intolerances that would result in relatively severe illness if you ignored them. I’m referring to nutritional preferences and rules that you have CHOSEN to abide by for whatever reason (whether it be weight loss, because it makes you feel better, performance, ethics etc.)
The way I choose to eat has definitely caused issues for me socially in the past, because I would stick to them even if it meant everyone else would be sitting there eating except me.
I have always thought: “well you know what? It is my body and what I put into it is nobody’s business except mine. Ultimately I have the right to choose, as I am the one effected”. But the thing is, this lack of flexibility is not just impacting me, it does affect others.
It means, for example, that other people feel like they can’t or shouldn’t enjoy an ice cream on a hot day, because I won’t have one with them. It means that if people want to have me for dinner, they want to try to cater for my preferences, resulting in unneeded stress for them and restrictions imposed on everyone.
This weekend, my hubby and I are going to join my parents for a couple of days at a bach they are holidaying at. They are already well in truly in ‘chill’ mode and I don’t want my presence to mean that all of a sudden they have to second-guess what they are eating, or worry about where we will go for meals.
I have to DECIDE and CHOOSE in advance, to LET GO. To trade rigidity for FLEXIBILITY … and know that it is going to be okay. One ice cream cone won’t kill me.
So I am challenging myself … this weekend, I need to RELAX in more ways than one.
To be continued …
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