On February 21st, 2017, my grandmother passed away. Growing up, I had an incredible connection and relationship with my grandmother. When I was older and out on my own, I would pick her up once a month and take her to lunch and a movie. I would go to her house once a week for tea and cookies. She got me hooked on drinking tea which is a love I now share with my friends. There is just nothing like a spicy tea with gingersnap cookies.
Up until about 5 years ago, we were very close. Outside family members eventually pulled us apart and I lost my coveted relationship. I only got to see her and ask for forgiveness just one day before she left us. The months before and after had been riddled with death in my family and in my close circle of friends. In these horrible moments of grief and longing, I wanted to reach for my go-to feel-good snacks.
For me, it was chocolate chip cookies, sourdough bread with cheese, and my all-time favorite, peanut butter and jelly. Of course, following the the autoimmune protocol doesn’t afford such treats. In fact, there isn’t a single thing in my list of comfort foods that could be consumed without utter pain and regression.
About a year after my initial diagnoses, my entire house got cleaned out of all the things I couldn’t eat. I kept a few “clean” snacks for my kids, things I wouldn’t be tempted by. I continue to shop this way now. I do not buy or allow any foods in my house that would hurt me. I am blessed to be surrounded by people who support me and my goal of extreme and complete health.
By having a clean pantry and a clean fridge, I cannot easily grab the things I think will make me feel better. My internal argument: my grandma died and all I wanted was comfort foods. If I am already hurting, what was a piece of gluten cake going to do to me? Fortunately for me, my pantry was clean and my fridge was clean. I couldn’t make bad choices. This is the importance of being prepared.
This isn’t just true in times of hurting. This is especially true when you are first starting out on your journey to health. It is a lot easier to fail, if you have all the bad things at arms’ reach.
If you just jump in and don’t prepare yourself, then you are preparing to fail.