I see the little foxes running around in here again!
I have been afraid to post here because I know what I want to say will ruffle some feathers. But, I know that others saw me doing the same thing and did me the huge favor of telling me what I was doing wrong. So here goes. Please take this as being the truth spoken in love!
Rice cakes can really sabotage you, even if they aren't the kind with illegal ingredients. (Do you read labels? Jeff's DVD on label reading is invaluable!) Calorie density is the culprit with foods that are filled with air!
Using a little bit of oil or vegan margarine, at least for me, is like just a little bit of cocaine. Not that I've ever used cocaine, but you know what I mean! One handful of popcorn made with oil or butter and I totally lose control.
If you keep tempting yourself with things like this and telling yourself that a little bit won't hurt, you are setting yourself up for cravings and falling off the wagon.
If you find that you are having to cook SAD for family, then stop. It is not helping you or THEM. You don't have to announce it, just stop cooking SAD items.
There is no restaurant cook who has your health and well being at heart. Subway sandwiches are not a healthy option, read the ingredients on their nutrition information page online. If you MUST go to a restaurant, be prepared and eat ahead of time, have baked potatoes and apples in the car to eat when you leave, or just sit and drink water or unsweetened tea and visit with your friends/family! You will actually be wasting money if you spend it on SAD restaurant food! In the long run you will spend even more on prescriptions and medical treatments.
If you are traveling, look for a grocery store - always one near the restaurants in a town off the interstate - and go in and buy bags of apples, oranges, kiwi, or containers of prepared fresh fruit and bottled water. You can cut kiwi in half with a plastic spoon handle and scoop out the fruit, toss the peel. Also those little cans of Bush's vegetarian beans are probably OK too, but read the label. You will survive until you can get to a place with a microwave, then you can cook potatoes. I lived on baked potatoes, carrots and apples for a full week last summer when my father died. It was the fastest easiest thing to eat and I was fine. I had tons of energy and was amazed at how good I felt.
We know that God numbers the hairs on our heads and our lives are in his control, but that doesn't mean we should pray for success yet continue to tempt ourselves with foods that we know contribute to poor health! So chase out the foxes and reinforce your fences around the vineyard!