It never ends.
It started in October, right? And it's now January. The stuff on these shelves is for a holiday that is a month away in mid-February.
Same product, different packaging. That's all it is.
Those companies just want you to keep eating, consuming and buying processed, chemically-produced crap. And because it's already in your bloodstream, it's hard to stop.
When is it time to call it quits? How much is enough?
Each year many of us opt in to this cycle of consumption in October and emerge in May feeling sick, tired, bloated and lethargic.
Since drastically reducing my sugar intake, I have not had one single cold since early September 2011--(knocking on every single piece of wood within arm's reach--and that wasn't even caused by sugar. It was caused by stress from a major life transition. I'm sure of it.)
My nutrition is profoundly different from many years ago, and because of that positive shift, I'm starting to settle into some profound and healing realizations about my body image, my identity as a transgender person living in a female body and how my lifestyle habits and eating patterns affect my wellness inside and out.
I may be 10 pounds heavier than last year, but I haven't been sick once (I can't count on my hands how many sinus infections I had in the past 5 years) and I go to the gym 2-3 times a week so I'm willing to bet a large portion of my weight is muscle. Don't know my BMI but I'll check back in with that but don't know how much I really believe in it. If the price is an extra 10 pounds, I'll take the gifts of wellness and strength.
But I'm also willing to see where else I can make improvements...
I eat sugar, yes. I ate a lot of it around the Christmas weekend, making a pact with myself to enjoy what I wanted and needed and then to be mindful after that weekend to make sure I wasn't letting myself get carried away on the roller coaster effects. It happened. I breathed into that experience and now every day when I'm reaching for something I ask myself, "are you eating this because you want and need it or because it's in your bloodstream and it's become a bad habit?"
Ask yourself that question the next time you witness yourself reaching for the sweet stuff.
And then ask yourself that question about something else in your life (job, relationship, exercise routine).
There comes a time to call it and say, "I've had enough."
I have tendonitis in my shoulder because I hit the gym too hard and now I'm resting until it heals.
I had a client remove herself from a relationship because her partner always looked at and talked to or complimented other women when they were out together.
Whenever we feels ourselves crossing that fine line from "hey, this is fun" to "wow, this doesn't feel good", it's time to assess. Too much of anything isn't good for us. Think of your life in this way.
When is it time to call it?