It has been quite a few months since I’ve been active on my blog! A lot of things have been happening in my world over the summer, and I’ve made a big decision to go back to school to future my education, with a Graduate degree. After some time away from work, and discovering some new things about myself, I’m hoping to get back into a consistent routine, and start posting more on this blog. I’ve also decided to try out a new name: My OCD.
Now onto my banana conundrum…
If you’ve visited my blog before, you know quite well the problems I’ve had with eating fresh produce. I’ve been getting a lot better over the past 10 months though, using fresh veggies when I’m making various dishes, and I’m absolutely loving how much better my food is tasting.
Two weeks ago, I thought I’d try bananas. The first time in a few years.
Bananas are one of those foods I look at in the store and wonder to myself ‘how many people have touched these?’ and ‘were those who picked them over sick?’ Lets be honest with ourselves…A lot of people still aren’t washing their hands as they should be. We’ve all been in a public washroom and heard or watched someone walk out without doing it. Maybe they went straight to the banana display and wiped their hands all over them! Regardless, the consumption of produce is a relatively low-risk event for human-to-human disease transmission.
To ease my anxiety as I made this attempt, I decided to get bananas which were pre-packaged in bags. My reasoning is that minimal contact would make me more willing to indulge in them, and not be as concerned about contamination.
The Result: I successfully ate the entire ‘hand’ of bananas! And with minimal anxiety during the experience. I will most definitely be buying more, and I’m hoping to make it part of my daily breakfast. Part of successfully mastering OCD is pushing yourself to stop thinking about what you’re avoiding, and just doing it. The best success I’ve ever had with mastering my compulsions has been when I’ve, essentially, forced myself to do something and stop asking questions.
OCD will always keep asking more questions than you have answers. Don’t let it ask questions. Tell it what you’re going to do whether it likes it or not. It will get better.
Next Goal: Apple season is fast approaching! Bring on the harvest.