I did something a little out of the ordinary a few weeks ago, 20 days ago to be exact. It was my friend Bob’s fault. Last summer I had some allergy testing done to see if changing my diet might help with my epilepsy. I’ve made some significant changes to how I eat and it’s been great! I’ve lost nearly 40 lbs. I feel so much healthier and I think my seizures have decreased as well.
Among my allergies are cane sugar, olives (olive oil), green pepper, and black pepper as well as a few other things. That brings us to the incident of 20 days ago. I’ve said goodbye to ice cream, cakes, and cookies without too much sadness. I’ve just figured out ways to replace them with things I can eat. There is one thing that I’ve not successfully said goodbye to though– pizza. I still fall prey to the mediocre pizza buffet. I can successfully avoid the slices covered in green peppers and olives for the most part though every once in a while one slips in covered in cheese. But, there’s just about always cane sugar, olive oil, and black pepper hidden in those creations. Plus, the pizza buffet is one of the few places that I have a glass of pop anymore as well. 20 days ago I was on Facebook pondering a trip for pizza when Bob responded by telling me that I’m an addict and need a 120 day detox.
Well, whether or not addict is the right word I don’t know. But, I am nothing if I am not stubborn. Bob seemed to be questioning if I could go 120 days without pizza. I thought about it and realized that since my mom died in 1984, I’ve probably never gone more than two weeks without a slice. I was twelve when she passed and had quite limited cooking skills. When Dad was at work and I was home I ate a lot of frozen pizza, potato chips, and coke. Now, all three are gone from my diet.
In college, my housemate had a piggy bank in the shape of the Sesame Street character Bert. We used it to save our change for a trip to Europe. We never got to Europe because every time we got enough we bought pizza. I’ll be making my first trip to Europe this summer.
Today is a day of celebration. I think it may be the longest I’ve gone without eating pizza since I was 12 years old. I am treating my body with the love and respect that I deserve. Feeding myself good and healthy food that I enjoy and that makes me feel good.
Only 100 more days to the pizza detox. I am asking myself how I will celebrate my accomplishment when it’s done. Will I go out for pizza? Stay tuned to find out.
How are you caring for yourself today? You deserve the best. Treat yourself with love, caring, and respect.