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Simply Solo Spotlight: How to Cure Heartbreak with Mustard

March 20, 2012

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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.

mustard packetHow will this little squeezable bottle of mustard help you get through a breakup, you might ask? Let me explain:

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.


Copyright 2012. Simply Solo blog by Catherine Gryp. All Rights Reserved.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 20, 2012 8:34 am

    I love mustard but am now seeing it in a new light!

    • March 22, 2012 10:17 am

      It’s important to find little things new, amazing, and helpful! And never lose your sense of humor!

      • March 22, 2012 2:37 pm

        Well that is kind of what I am trying to write about in blog … but still new so may not be quite succeeding yet 🙂

  2. March 20, 2012 12:01 pm

    Fabulous post! Literally and figuratively, I simply love your advice! It may seem like the big bold moves get us through the muck of life, but it’s the little details- the yellowness of mustard precisely- that truly pushes us past our blinding sadness.

    Very inspiring! =)

    • March 22, 2012 10:22 am

      Thanks! I’m so glad you took something from it! And I definitely agree, everyone has to find that thing that gets them through, and I’m glad I shared mine!

  3. March 31, 2012 2:33 am

    A great way to get over a breakup is by trying something new. I moved to a new town, which was drastic, but took me out of my comfort zone and I couldn’t be happier. Great advice. The smallest change to try to see life in a different light can make a break up that much easier. Thank you for the article.

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