Do you ever find yourself taking the easy way out of a situation?
Of course this isn’t something we want to admit to, but I know I definitely have taken the easy way out of many situations in the past. Many of these situations being ED related.
I no longer have an ED, but recovery is a long long road and anyone who has dealt with an ED in the past knows better than anyone that even if you no longer have an ED, you may still follow some ED rules or habits. When following these “habits” or “rules” I would say I’m staying within my comfort zone or being “safe”
Would you agree?
ED’s don’t like to be pushed around or challenged. So, it is the utmost important thing to constantly challenge ED behaviours in order to fully recover. In order to know that you are constantly challenging such behaviours I like to suggest that one asks themselves…
“Am I comfortable?”
If the answer is yes, clearly you’re still in your comfort zone and, like I said, to rid your life of ED behaviours for good, you must always step out and away from that comfort zone. Far far away.
The farther the better.
The ED habits I notice throughout my life are definitely few are far between. I am in a much better place than I ever have been and like I mentioned in a post I wrote last week, my relationship with food today is much better than it was a year ago. As I’ve also mentioned, I was able to enjoy things during my vacation in Barbados this year that I did not get to enjoy last year due to staying within my comfort zone.
I did not want to be in my comfort zone while in Barbados this year. Heck, I never want to be in my comfort zone whether I’m in Barbados or not. I’m always pushing myself to be a better me!
In order to achieve my goal and experience new things while in Barbados this year, I asked myself the question I shared with you above – “am I comfortable?”
There are two particular instances that I remember while in Barbados when I asked myself this very question and I’m so happy I did because I got to experience two new amazing things!
While on the beach at The Crane, there were some guys selling coconut water and other cocktails made with fresh coconut water. Last year, we encountered the same situation, but I turned it down and stuck with my regular water because it seemed like a “safer” option to me. Unfortunately, I’ve regretted that decision ever since.
Luckily, I wasn’t going to let my comfort zone hold me back this time. When I was offered coconut water this year, I gladly accepted.
I was right there as he cut open the coconut. It was so amazing to experience something that I’ve so long regretted missing out on.
The second situation when I had to ask myself “are you comfortable?” was during lunch on our last day in Barbados. My parents and I decided to go to the restaurant in our apartment for our last meal to support the chef, Joy, who is also a good friend of ours.
For lunch she made me a delicious grilled filet of mahi mahi which she marinated in an incredible blend of spices and local hot peppers, a fresh garden salad with homemade dressing, and green banana cou cou.
Well, I’ve never had green banana cou cou before and I had no idea what ingredients were used in the preparation of it. Last year, I turned down a lot of Bajan foods that I was unfamiliar with, but I didn’t want to come back to Canada this year with any regrets.
So, I tried the green banana cou cou and guess what? It was actually really good! Joy told me green banana cou cou is made with boiled green bananas, butter, cream, and a blend of herbs. She topped the green banana cou cou with a homemade gravy as this dish is a more savoury one.
I’m very proud of myself for trying the green banana cou cou and not letting my comfort zone hold me back. I’m also going to try making my own green banana cou cou at home! So, be expecting a recipe within the next couple of weeks! I’ll have to do some experimenting first I am sure! I haven’t boiled bananas before
That’s all for today, friends, but I hope you enjoyed! Tomorrow I’ll talk about my biggest struggle while in Barbados. I’ve been chatting a lot about my successes lately, but it’s important to remember that I have struggles, too! So, that’ll be tomorrow’s post!
Lots of love,
When was the last time you challenged yourself?
Do you continually try to push yourself outside of your comfort zone?
Would have you tried the green banana cou cou?
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