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Much Obliged

By Susan Howard

Like in an annoying friendship, hanging out with someone because of guilt or feeling like you are “supposed to” leads to a destructive unhappy life.  My new responds when someone tries to lay a trip on me about not calling is, “I don’t do that guilt thing.”  I verbally reject the bogus accusations because, guess what, I am an adult and I get to do what I want, when I want.  As I protest, it is obvious I have previously fallen victim and bought into their heavy negative feelings.  In the past I have felt remorse and crappy about myself.  That is why now I have to reject the lame attitudes out loud to prove it to myself.  “I’ll call you when I am damn ready.”

Which brings me to this; food.

You have no obligation to eat what you ordered at a restaurant.  

You have no obligation to eat what someone else ordered at a restaurant.

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Consider how you feel when you eat and if tense situations affect your digestion.

Skip the Stress

By Susan Howard

Everyone that knows me knows that I have digestion issues.  Ever since I was a kid, I had trouble eating foods that agreed with me. I am likely lactose-intolerant.  I can’t eat too much fat, dislike most proteins, and am constantly at war with food.  Often, I choose simple things, like white rice and veggies or peanut butter toast. I am boring. Beyond this genetic abdominal curse of gurgles and cramps, I have started examining my moods when I eat.

When I sit down to eat, how do I feel? Am I in a rush? Am I annoyed? Is the energy around the dinner stressful? If the answer to any of these questions if yes, I skip the meal. Later on, if I am hungry, I grab some toast or a quick snack.

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