We’ve probably all heard the saying, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”
I’m here today to tell you that is true. But I’m not talking about the absence of a friend or loved one. I’m talking about certain foods.
Two weeks ago I had routine blood work done. My cholesterol had risen to a degree with which I was uncomfortable. I wasn’t anywhere near the point of requiring medication to lower it; but I knew I should make a dedicated effort to lower it via diet and exercise.
I knew what the culprits were for me. Or I had a pretty good guess. Cheese. Potato Chips. Shrimp. Cookies and baked items.
I love LOVE cheese. If I fix tacos for dinner, I have to have a plate of fried tortillas with melted cheese all over them.
I love potato chips. Ruffles Sour Cream and Cheddar. I used to eat just a few. I had such great restraint. A sandwich and 5 chips for lunch and I was good. Toss in a cookie, and I was great! But somewhere along the way I got lazy. I stopped counting the chips and grabbed a handful instead. And I wasn’t beyond walking through the kitchen and grabbing a handful of chips as a snack.
Shrimp. You would think that is a good healthy food, right? Well, it’s high in protein, and so it had become a go-to dinner for me to cook when I forgot to take something out of the freezer, or just wanted a quick, easy dinner. You can defrost shrimp in water in about 10 minutes, grill it in about 5 and you’re done. A good, high-protein dinner – that is also REALLY high in cholesterol. I didn’t know that.
Cookies and baked items. I’m not so much a candy person or cake person, but give me a box of cookies and you’ll be my friend for life. My husband and I go to a local deli for hamburgers – well, we DID go there for hamburgers about once a week. And they sold the best home-made cookies. I always bought a box, and that box contained 10 cookies. I used to put half of them in the freezer, and eat the other half over several days. Well, somehow I stopped doing that and the last time I bought a box, the box was gone in just a few days. I keep telling my husband that he HAD to have eaten some and he just didn’t remember. He said he hadn’t. I’m inclined to believe him now.
So I went cold turkey. No cheese. No potato chips. No shrimp. No cookies. Oh, and bread. No bread either.
My test results weren’t even bad enough for my doctor to send me a tsk-tsk letter, but I know he probably has his eye on me now. I’ll ask, in a month or so, for a follow-up blood test to see if my efforts have made a difference. Everything I’ve read tells me I should see results in that period of time.
In the meantime, yesterday, for the first time in 2 weeks, I treated myself. To FOUR potato chips. Oh, my gosh. They were sooo delicious. And that is when the saying popped into my head…. … Yes, absence does make the heart grow fonder. Even if it is just potato chips.
P.S. I’ve open to any other suggestions you may have!