Simply Solo Spotlight: How to Cure Heartbreak with Mustard
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How to Cure Heartbreak with Mustard
You were in love, everything was perfect and you were picking out china patterns. Then, all of a sudden, it’s over and you can’t breathe anymore because you’re crying so hard and the world is an awful place in which to live. You wallow, you argue, you become bitter toward your friends and their successful relationships. You get really drunk and make somewhat terrible mistakes. You eat copious amounts of Ben & Jerry’s and spend most nights curled up on your sofa cursing the world and texting guys you don’t like simply for the attention.
That is one way to deal with a breakup.
Or you could try something else: Go to the grocery store, find the condiments aisle and pick out some mustard. Plain will do.
1. It’s yellow.
No, the term “they call me mellow yellow” does not apply here. I’m talking about the yellow you paint your walls to brighten someone’s day. When we think yellow, we think sunshine, sunflowers, lemons and the perfect sundress. You could be eating the most depressing meal ever and if you throw some mustard on it, it’s bound to look a little happier. Bright colors in general will lift your spirits – so load up on red and green peppers, sweet potatoes and zucchini, and you’re well on your way to higher spirits.
2. It’s a no-calorie no brainer.
Okay, its color may not have totally convinced you of its healing powers, but its nutritional value will. Switch up your mayo or ketchup for mustard and you’re looking at zero calories, zero fat and only 55mg of sodium. Get yourself some honey mustard and you’re only consuming 10 calories per serving. Keep all the flavor, but lose that inner thigh fat you’ve been putting on since the breakup. You’ll feel better, look better and have more energy in the long run. This is a time when you should be concentrating on you and what you need. Making tiny adjustments to your diet will add some control to your life, while other aspects seem out-of-control, i.e. your emotions.
3. It’s tangy.
Mustard’s gotta kick to it. And hopefully it will inspire you to kick some ass. At a time when you’re feeling beat, when your self-confidence has taken a blow to the knees, mustard will get your taste buds up and at ’em. Then let your taste buds inform the rest of your body: Tell it to wake up! Go for run! Just get off the sofa already!
4. It’ll make you try new things.
If you are switching to mustard, chances are you’ll switch other things up as well. Making a slight, safe new change in your diet will tell your brain it’s okay to keep the new things coming. Also, there are a ton of recipes out there that feature mustard. Why not show off your new foodie passion, host a dinner party and play chef? Nothing helps better during a breakup than keeping occupied, and cooking for 12 is no small feat. Who has time to think about their ex while they whip up a mustard vinaigrette?
In all seriousness folks, I am not trying to sell you mustard. I am simply giving you something to try. Everyone gets over a breakup differently, but the foundational strategies remain the same: keep busy, focus on yourself and do things that will make you happy. How you choose to interpret those things is up to you; I simply chose to put a little mustard in my life.
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