I’ve recycled the packaging before I thought
To check the calories.
Half way to the bin, I made myself stop and I’m
Standing in the middle of the kitchen,
Battling the need to know, with the words:
It doesn’t matter.
But just wanting to look feels like I’m
Walking backwards, and
The words: ‘Just looking won’t hurt’
Turning around, I sit back down and
Tell myself to just be proud
That calories are now an afterthought.
Beth O’Brien is currently studying a degree in English Literature at the University of Birmingham. She loves reading, writing, food and seeing the world – when any of these overlap, she loves them even more!