A couple years ago, Mr. Love Chard and I were headed to hang out with friends and go bowling for the evening. I had just gotten off work after a long day and Zane was on his way to pick me up. I had a pretty filling salad and soup for lunch, but I knew we weren’t really going to be in a place that would cater to my whole food, plant-based way of eating.
I wasn’t too hungry at the moment, but I had to think ahead. I didn’t want toxic food or temptation later that night to take over, so I created a plan: I picked up some things from the produce department: half a cantaloupe, small container of watermelon, and a cashew Lara Bar [made with just cashews and dates and vanilla].
And so I smuggled my cantaloupe into the bowling alley.
It worked — maybe the staff just thought it was my bowling ball. We bowled, we laughed, my friends ordered drinks and bar food, and ate my half a cantaloupe with my plastic fork [along with my watermelon and cashew bar].
Was this a “normal” dinner for me? No. But was this an ideal dinner? Yes! At the time and given the circumstances, yes. I could have just said “Screw it!” and ordered what my friends were having.
Instead, I stayed strong. I remained true to my WHYs and my goals. I didn’t let a social situation derail me.
Some people laughed and poked fun, but I embraced it. Being the talk of the evening as I ate my half a cantaloupe… I felt good. I knew I was winning at life at that moment — taking care of myself, my health, and fighting off any lingering temptations. If I would have given in, chances are I would have gotten sick, felt psychically ill, and not been happy with myself. Instead, I felt amazing and had no negative side effects.
I WON!!! I mean, I lost at bowling…. but I won at life.
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