With apologies to Robert Frost who poetically described:
"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,. And sorry I could not travel both"
I'm thinking about the 2 roads I have traveled.
One was smooth sailing with lots of billboards for all kinds of food and excuses for more and more eating. It ended at the weight that did not make me happy.
The other was harder to traverse, many obstacles, potholes, situations and people who implied the journey was not worth the effort. However there was also encouragement from resources and like-minded people following the path along with me.
These roads converged often. Decisions as to direction had to be made again and again.
Here's one of them.
This is what remains of a peanut pie. It's like a pecan pie but with a different kind of nut. When pies are listed as to calorie content, this one is near the top,
The house guest who brought it had gone home,
So there it sat like a billboard at a crossroads. I am fully capable of eating an entire pie, not because I'm upset or sad, but because it tastes good and I want to eat it. My children tell their children about the time they watched me eat an entire apple pie all by myself.
As for this holiday pie, I did eat 2 pieces over 2 days and had already cut another piece when I read a blog by Gaby1948. One sentence asked "do you need to eat that pie?"
What? Can she see me?
No, I don't need to eat this pie, but I've already cut it.
See where it is now? It's balanced on my trash compactor!
That's exactly what I did with it and the rest of the pie too.
At one point on my old road I would not have done this. I believed that food shouldn't go to WASTE. But once on the other road I realized that going to WASTE is preferable to going to WAIST.
Yes, I know Frost was describing a road we have NEVER taken.
Once I was a young person who had never been on the weight gain road. I wish someone had put up a "danger" sign back then. Some roads should NOT be taken.
I wish we all could go back in time and warn our younger selves. Perhaps we can at least be a guidepost for our children and grandchildren. Take the road of good choices and a healthy lifestyle.
Edit: Just some background. We "waste" very little food. We compost what works well and even feed the critters out here in the country. But no one in my frame of reference would benefit from my left over pie. My neighbors are all dealing with various challenges which require watching what they eat.