Is it just me or does there seem to be some sort of obsession with giving things up?
On a recent night out, a friend mentioned that the glass of wine she was about to imbibe would be the first of the year. Now, being mid-March, I guess it wasn’t quite fall-off-your-chair news but still…
Another (and there were only four of us there) had given up caffeine over roughly the same time span and the third had (as far as I could make out) had given up most of my favourite food groups. I sank lower in my seat waiting to be asked what my offerings were.
In reality there is undoubtedly scope for my to cut down on things, most specifically gin, chocolate and biscuits (and chocolate biscuits). But do I have to give them up completely?
I’ve certainly done my fair share of abstinence; most recently, booze whilst pregnant (um, in the first trimester at least). I didn’t drink tea or coffee until my mid-twenties so I guess I enjoyed a long period of being relatively caffeine-free. I spent a few years attempting to give up most food, which obviously left me miserable and hangry.
It was about this time when I finally re-entered the world of gaining pleasure from food, drink and other fun stuff that I realised that life doesn’t have to be all or nothing. You can be very healthy, happy and well balanced by maintaining, well, balance in your outlook.
I’m sure I’m not alone in desiring something even more when I have ‘given it up’. And it’s for these reasons that I will be continuing to enjoy my two flat whites a day, my g&t after several (most) of the week’s bath/bedtime shenanigans and chocolate biscuits whenever I see fit. Sometime I have to rein it in, of course. But to go without completely – non merci.