Posted by: Judy | June 25, 2020

This Week in Beauty…

Proverbs 31:14 “She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.”

The grocery store isn’t that far, but I don’t think that’s what this means. Okay, so this is really the scriptures according to Judy. This is me trying to figure out how these Bible verses apply to me.

A merchant’s ship is not meant to stay in the harbor. It goes in search of various kinds of treasure to bring home and enrich the owner.

We are blessed with so many varieties of food. I’m learning to explore taste and preparation. Learning what I like and don’t like is a part of this. When “Runaway Bride” came out I preened because I knew how I liked my eggs. Do you see the fall coming? I didn’t. I still conformed to whoever I was with, blending in, playing a chameleon. Going home and being angry with myself for essentially lying.

When did all that change? I can’t pinpoint the beginning. The change was gradual. However, I do remember a specific decision I made to explore my preferences. I’ve written about it here, but it’s been a while. Like many, I had a habit of saying that I loved chocolate, any and all chocolate. Except I didn’t. I wasn’t a fan of dark chocolate; it was too bitter. So…I didn’t love all chocolate. It took years for me shift through the clutter in my head. I had to learn to experiment. One day, I went grocery shopping and picked up one of every chocolate available at my favorite store, totaling 18. I didn’t include bars with additional ingredients like nuts, caramel, and coconut. To my shock, I discovered my favorite was Dove Dark Chocolate. I learned that I could be happy with a single piece, while several bars of another variety left me feeling unsatisfied.

Cookies were the next target, followed by pancake mix, instant potatoes, soup, spaghetti sauce, and other pre-prepared foods.

Choosing to eliminate soy from my diet required more experimenting but with far few choices. However, I’ve discovered I’m happier with my soy-free choices than I ever was with my previous choices. Unexpected.

I’m also learning to choose wisely and not waste. I used to throw away a lot of fresh fruits and veggies. I’m learning to buy what I enjoy eating instead of what I should eat. If I don’t finish something one week, I don’t buy more until it’s gone. I may even take a break.

I’ve learned what keeps well and what doesn’t. As much as I enjoy fresh fruit and veggies, I also have canned and jarred, just in case. Things I wish I’d had when everything first shut down and I couldn’t find, I bought as soon as they were available again.

I’m practicing using what I have in different ways and proper storage.

Side note: I tried substituting duck eggs for chicken eggs. Nope, nope, nope. I ate one egg a week and gained almost 10 lb within less than 4 weeks. I skipped my weekly egg and dropped almost 5 lb. Food allergies affect cravings, kind of insidious. Live and learn.


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  1. 🙂 Isn’t it amazing the changes we make and how they play into our lives? The good and bad, and then the back and forth too from doing things one way, changing and then changing back. Even changing partially back hehe 🙂 I was surprised about the eggs!!! who knew they could cause such a drastic change!

    • I must give my last doctor credit. He was the one who told me that most people lose weight when they go on an allergy-free diet. It hadn’t worked for me, but that was when I was also required to eat no bread. I was hungry all the time. I didn’t have such a drastic change when I quit chicken eggs, but I’d been eating a lot of foods to which I was allergic. I’ve been eating “clean” of food allergens, so this was adding back in a potential allergy for the first time in 6-7 years.

  2. So sad about the duck eggs! I love the way you tried out different chocolates, cookies, pancake mix, etc. Too often we get stuck in our rut buying the same things. We all could use a little more variety.

    • Me, too, but at least now I know. Experimenting can turn out badly, but mostly I’ve made some great discoveries. 🙂

  3. So the duck eggs didn’t work out? That’s a shame, but that’s the way life goes sometimes. 🙂

    • sigh…yes. I did learn I like duck eggs better. 🙂

      • Why is it that everything delicious is bad for us?! Sigh. Oh well.

        • I’m grateful I’m not allergic to chocolate. 🙂

          • That’s true. It’s important to count our blessings. I’m glad I’m not diabetic.

            • Another blessing! And I’m not allergic to horses or dogs. 🙂

            • Did you know that I am allergic to cats?

            • Oh, no! So am I.

            • Yeah, I didn’t know this until after I brought Autumn home, and now I love her too much to let her go. It’s mostly a mild reaction, and there are ways to manage. 🙂

            • Furry Friends are worth it. 🙂


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