Hey, Laura Petrie
By Janis Roszler, RD, CDE, LD/N
Did you ever watch “The Dick Van Dyke” show? I was a big fan. I loved Rob, Buddy, Sally, Allen Brady, and of course Rob’s adorable wife, Laura. Yesterday, I had a “Laura Petrie moment” that I wish hadn’t happened. Remember the episode in which Rob, Laura’s comedy-writing husband, had a large box delivered to their home? He was writing a skit about temptation and wanted to see if a suburban wife could resist opening a mysterious package addressed to her husband. Laura accepted it from the delivery man, pretended to ignore it then gradually became drawn to its hidden treasure. No one would know if she took a small peek inside, right? After dancing around it and tugging at it, she finally opened it just enough to cause its contents, a huge, self-inflating raft, to quickly expand into the room.
Yesterday, I received my mystery delivery from a local dessert shop and my “Laura Petrie intuition” drew me to it like a magnet. I opened the box just enough to get a glimpse of is delectable bounty. It was filled with gourmet chocolates, candy bars, cookies, pretzels, and even an exotic jar of raspberry-flavored honey mustard. As I examined each container, the voices in my brain began to argue:
“Come on. Take a bite!”
“…No, this is bad for you!”
“These chocolates look amazing. They must be delicious!”
“…Toss this out right now!”
The evil voice won the battle and I began to nibble each and every carbohydrate-filled, calorie-rich item. They were delicious, but now I feel so guilty! What should we do when we are faced with unhealthy items that enter our homes without our permission? How can we stay motivated to do what is best for us in the face of temptation? Here are a few suggestions:
- Don’t open the box! Toss it out or give it away.
- Invite your family to help you keep undesired foods out of your home. If your loved ones enjoy snacks that you want to avoid, urge them to eat them away from home.
- When friends or business associates want to send you a gift, suggest flowers or candles, not edible treats.
Next time you turn away from a temptation, reward yourself. Rent a movie, call a friend, or sit on the couch and enjoy a few classic episodes of a favorite old television show. And if the doorbell rings with a surprise package, beware!
Janis Roszler, RD, CDE, LD/N
NOTE: The information is not intended to be a replacement or substitute for consultation with a qualified medical professional or for professional medical advice related to diabetes or another medical condition. Please contact your physician or medical professional with any questions and concerns about your medical condition.
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