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Old 09-29-2017, 12:55   #1
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Yesterday, my son brought me a couple of breakfast tacos. Please understand, he didn't do it to be mean. He knows that I absolutely LOVE breakfast tacos. In the past, I likely would have simply chosen to eat the contents and been very grateful for the treat. Unfortunately (fortunately?) I have become much more strict with my KETO lifestyle and don't put anything in my mouth with unknown ingredients. (I didn't know what all was in the scrambled egg portion of the taco.) Slowly but surely, my numbers have started to become much more consistent because of this choice.

It just about killed me, to tell him that I couldn't eat them because it "felt" like I was rejecting his thoughtfulness of bringing his mama a treat.

Later, I started wondering, why do we equate love with food?

To this very day, I catch myself doing it when I spend time with my youngest grandchild.

I bought him a Reese's candy bar the other day, just to see that amazing smile he gets when I buy him a special treat.

Why do I do that?

I think I have some relearning to do...

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Considering our entire society revolves around food, that really is the answer. We celebrate everything by including food, we socialize around food, we have nearly every event, circling around food, so that it's a very emotional thing. And I'd imagine way back before food was in every store, giving someone a meal, or something to eat was a very generous thing, and since it's something we need to sustain life, that also explains why we place so much significance on it.

Maybe try offering another way your son can express his feelings towards you, like making you something artsy, or watching a movie or playing a game with you, doing something together or helping out by doing something useful around the house (Cleaning up something for instance). There are lots of other ways he can show how he feels, but either way you shouldn't feel bad. I think it's ingrained in us since our toddler years to look at food with emotion. Even commercials play up this aspect. So it's that old 'don't ask yourself why, ask yourself why not.' sentiment.

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