In my ongoing attempt to understand all of the changes in my life I am constantly finding a spiritual lesson in most things. My big aha moment for this weekend was that it will be much easier to live with the changes in my diet if I learn to not want the things I can't have, like alcohol or processed foods or sugar.
I have been reading all of lent about surrender. If not eating these things will make me healthier then surrendering my will to the improvement in health I will gain from not wanting or craving those foods will make me stronger. It doesn't make it easier to do it this way, but if I look at is as a spiritual exercise, what I am gaining is even greater than what I am giving up.
So, my mindset is changing. It isn't an easy or immediate change, but each day as I make good choices and don't crave or whine because I can't have something I would have just mindlessly eaten a few weeks ago I know that God is leading me. And I can see by the numbers on the scale and the way my clothes fit that my lifestyle changes are making a difference. I think of those things as signal graces that I am on the right track.
I hope my journey can inspire others to take charge of their lifestyle and health and make good choices.