Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
Cooking was a HUGE trigger for me for the first few months of sobriety. My love for cooking began around the same time I started bringing wine into my home. Before then I only had alcohol in the house if we were entertaining or for a holiday so pouring a glass of wine on a random Tuesday night just didn’t happen……until.
I began watching cooking shows and experimenting with fun recipes. I soon found that I really enjoyed cooking……a lot! The chefs on TV often had a glass of wine beside them and I thought, why not! It seemed fancy and cool. It started very innocently cooking, soft jazz, a glass of wine- but as most drinking stories the amounts of wine increased as well as the number of evenings and viola….it became an every night thing.
In the early days of my sobriety I knew the 5:00p hour was going to be tricky. I still had a family to feed so I had to get creative. I found a few ways to avoid the kitchen/cooking/wine time that I found to be helpful .
- I started using my crockpot. A whole meal, one pot and you can start earlier in the day.
- I made dinner at lunchtime.
- We ate out more.
- I would prep everything in the morning so it would be quick to throw together.
- I drank a diet gingerale. I would only drink it at that time so it was a treat and the fizz helped.
- I watched my favorite show while cooking instead of the music. The show was distracting and funny so it helped make the time go by quicker.
- We ate dinner early and did other things in the evenings like watch tv, play a game, read, etc.
It was basically just learning new habits. The old had to go away and the new had to begin to settle in and be the “new normal”, and it did. I don’t even think about that glass of wine while I’m cooking anymore!!!