What would you do if you received this:
That was full of this:
(Note especially that “hyd-” word…)
And then you noticed this:
And it was from your lovely, well-meaning, doting, octogenarian grandmother, who loves to give to her grandkids and great-grands:
I left it sitting on the counter for a week, feeling both guilty and tempted every time I looked at it.
Which was a lot, if you know how much time I spend in the kitchen.
(I’m a former white chocolate junkie, by the way.)
Luckily for me and my willpower, a good friend visited after one week of countertop torture. (The same friend, coincidentally, who created the cool Farmer’s Market Bingo sheet I shared over at Simple Homemade this week.)
I explained the dilemma, how I wanted to just chuck it every time I looked at it, but I felt obligated to…be nice, I guess. And frugal. And not waste! Plus, I knew if I opened it, I would cruise through the kitchen and pick at it until it was gone (not all in one day, mind you, but I’d get through it).
Her solution? An 8-step program for white chocoholics anonymous:
- Wait until the kids go to bed.
- Open the box.
- Open a bottle of wine.
- Slice one small piece off for each adult in the house.
We were surprised it was filled with cashews, like a rattle or maraca!
- Give it a taste all together.
- Put a check in the “obligation” mental box.
- Do this:
- Drink the wine.
What’s the lesson here?
First, just because someone gives you something to eat, or just because you’re in a social situation with tempting junk food or non-food dressed up like food, you don’t have to partake.
You can enjoy a social situation with just a taste, or by just enjoying conversation. Food doesn’t always have to be the center.
Get creative with your social food.
And finally, find good friends/spouses/family members to stand by you and make sure you throw the egg away–I mean, to support you in your quest for real food, whether your goal is weight loss or general health. Because as my sage friend stated, what that thing would do to my body isn’t worth $22.
And just maybe, if you haven’t maxed out your food intake/calories/fun foods for the day…have a glass of wine with a friend or a good book.
Then put a $22 box of sugar and trans fat to good use and write a post about it.
How do you deal with the temptations of social or other obligatory-feeling junk food consumption?
Follow the real food weight loss and exercise series this week and next…
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Tesco Direct. See my full disclosure statement here.