If you knew that a certain food could help you stay healthy, would you eat it? If you knew that a food was harmful, would you stop eating it? May be? May be not?    It is known that foods can help you get healthy and maintain your health. We also know that certain foods can make you sick. So why wouldn’t you pick foods that will help you stay well and eliminate food that will make you sick.

Do you drink coffee? Do you have to have your morning and afternoon latte? Do you have a donut(s) or super sized muffins with that coffee. Do you like sweets? Do you keep candy stashed in your desk for between meals pick me up’s. Do you drink to much alcohol? Do you smoke? Addiction comes in many forms. Addiction can be too much food, drink. Bulimia and anorexia are also addictions. Addictions will keep you unhealthy on all levels.

Is drinking too much coffee the same as too much alcohol? For the alcoholic, the “drink” is god. This person does everything for the next drink. Do you need coffee to wake up in the morning? Do you convince your self that you “deserve” that afternoon coffee? If you use food to help alter you mood, to get through the day, you have some form of addiction be it physical, mental, or emotional. If it controls you, it is a problem

I am using coffee as an example. Other examples could be donuts, pies, candy, fried foods, sugars and more. It could be simply eating too much. Do you have something in your diet that you can’t,  give up?

Personally, I have this love/hate relationship with coffee. I started drinking coffee when I started to work night shift. I needed something to help me stay awake. I don’t particularly like the taste of coffee, so I use sugar/agave and cream. Sometimes the first cup tastes wonderful. After that, coffee does not taste good. Yet I still drink several cups a day.

Work as a hospice nurse can get very intense both from the stand point of assisting my patients and families in the most intimate experience of life, as well as the demands of the office of meetings and paperwork for which there is never enough time. Often, I am feeling overwhelmed. I use coffee to get me through the day. My drug of choice is a medium vanilla ice coffee from McD’s or medium iced caramel coffee with cream from Dunking Donuts. At least I don’t add additional sugar as the syrups have sugar in them. I convince myself that I “deserve” this coffee.

You can find studies in the literature t hat tell you all about the antioxidant benefits of coffee. There is evidence of the good benefits of coffee. I my case, coffee is not my friend. Do you have some food or drink in your life that controls you?

Think about it. Do yourself a favor and be willing to change your life and your diet. How do you do that? One choice at a time.

Blessings, Mary Pat

Mary Pat FitzGibbons RN MS writes on health issues and healthy weight for Baby Boomer Women.

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