Just the other day Keith told me that a longtime friend of his sent him a message saying he was having Cancer removed from her cervix. One of the questions her doctor asked was if she was a frequent drinker of diet soda, and she had been.
That question made me think, how important is our health to us really? Are you someone who doesn’t care about the effects of food or chemicals that you put in your body or are you actively watching what you eat and surround yourself with? It’s a question I struggled with when I asked myself.
Yes I love food, actually a bit too much. As a child food was given to me as a reward one too many times and it just became routine for me. Instead of wanting to ask for a new toy or VHS (if you’re young they are huge boxes that had film inside of them to watch movies back in the day 😉 ) I would ask for snacks and my mother fed them to me like they were fruit and veggies. It became such a habit and I’ve found myself repeating it multiple times, not to my children but myself.
Happy? Here’s pizza. Sad? Here’s chips. Any emotion has food attached to it and it really is so hard to try to break by myself. Want a dose of harsh truth that I’ve never told anyone? In middle school when I was bored I used to write all the food I wanted to eat when I went home. I would have about two pages full of foods: bacon, eggs, tuna casserole, chips, beef sticks, if I was to find one of these pages I would lose it crying. This is something I’ve never even told my boyfriend, sorry babe, it’s so embarrassing to me.
Why am I speaking out then? Well someone needs to, if I just hide my problems they don’t get solved and maybe it’s a wake up call to someone else out there. Whether your addiction be food, drugs, anything that you know if affecting your health in a bad way, is it really worth it? We can’t hide behind “it’s not affecting me now”, that’s what Keith’s friend thought while drinking diet soda forever until she’s scheduling her appointment to go under the knife to remove Cancer at 28.
What you are doing is not affecting you right this second but it will affect you down the road. I don’t know about you but my boy’s are worth turning around my bad habits for and seeing them for as long as I can.
Confession time, what is your bad habit?