Slippery Grip: I’m trying hard to have willpower at Easter 91



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There are times in your life when you know you should say no. It’s not a big word or a 4 letter one, but sometimes it is the hardest thing to say.

Take Easter for eggsample (I just had to put that one in). Ask a 5-year-old what Easter is about and the answer is somewhere between rabbits and chocolate. Never mind the raging debate on pagan versus Christian. But for me it is about willpower.

Chocolate eggs tempt me, cute Cadbury rabbits wink in my direction and I try not to think about hot cross buns.

Some people have no problem. They are so high on the horse they couldn’t reach the mini eggs if they were bent double. “Oh, I don’t eat chocolate”. I have nothing but pity for them ’cause they don’t know what they’re missing.

Others are closet eaters – “I only buy them for the kids”. What goes in the shopping trolley and what eventually ends up under a bush on Sunday could keep an accountant in knots for weeks.

Then there are those who try to limit the egg-fest. We linger over the price. We weigh up the value. We size up what will fit in the fridge, and then we dither. Bilby or rabbit. White or dark. Full of Smarties or empty. The choices of hot cross buns are just a daunting. Fruit or not? Chocolate drops? Chocolatey buns or traditional? It is a minefield.

Easter is fraught with temptations and so I suggested if only the supermarket could keep all the good things behind a screen. Admittance by willpower red liners only. Those brave souls that can take it or leave it.

A simple questionnaire should sort out where one stands in the willpower ranking.

Can you say no?

But if you ask me, no has such a finality about it. No doesn’t leave any room for compromise or creme eggs. What is needed is a more subtle approach to the chocolate debate for those of us who not only want to, and probably will, albeit one Ferrero Rocher at a time.

Perhaps it shouldn’t be willpower, but wontpower.

Won’t you have another? Don’t mind if I do.


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Hettie Ashwin

My short stories have been published in America, United Kingdom and Australia in magazines and online. I have published a number of books over the years, all of which have been successful here and overseas. I write a humorous column for the Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette called Slippery Grip.

  1. I see you mention Cadbury, no I bought Red Tulip, I hope they are HALAL free, yet to find out. ALSO some new facts on Halal foods/goods . Panadol,, Panasonic batteries , !!!!!!!!! Companies that are Halal Colgate, Unilever, Sara Lee, Goodman & Fielder, Tip Top, NIKE shoes. What CAN Australians buy that isn’t Halal, I see a scam here somewhere & we are being taken for a ride.

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    • There is nothing you can buy that is not in some way Halal certified. Even if the company is not certified, the ingredients in the goods are.
      And it has been this way for over 40 years.
      So why the big problem with it now?????

    • Ruth Hourigan I don’t think thats quite true, Why wasn’t it a problem in 2006, when my friends Husband ate anything but HIS meat had to be Halal, at HOME. They didn’t worry about all those other things in those days. Who was running the Halal Company THEN, many of us would like to know . This chap is a Millionaire , by his own admission, and dares to sue anyone who questions him. Not accountable to ANYONE , I never have sugar or use sugar in anything I make or do. Use supplement . I suppose I have it when I eat out. Now I am told milk is Halal, white coffee is out, Stick to Soy or Almond milk. YUK.

    • This post was about willpower nothing to do do with halal or muslims. People are making it into something it is not. I try & stop at one or two.

    • As far as I can see, there’s not much that not been involved in this scam. Shame, shame, shame.

  2. The older I get, the more queasy I feel after eating chocolate. This is the first year since I was15 that I haven’t bought a chocolate egg or rabbit for myself. I usually buy Red Tulip Elegant Rabbits with one ‘spare’ in care of an accidental demise. I overheard my son and daughter laughing at ‘Mum’s spare rabbit habit’ yesterday and I thought of 9 years ago when my spare rabbit saved the day.

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  3. I got choc from family, didn’t eat any yesterday, then went to see That Sugar Film!!!! Wow it was amazing, hoping I can resist the choc for a while at least!!!! Knew lots of the facts re sugar but actually seeing/hearing from medical people the adverse effects it has on our body well I found it scarey. The cinema was packed lots of parents took children too which was great. Hope eventually it’s shown in schools.

  4. What about Easter being about love, the love of Christ dying on the cross for mankind, if that hadn’t happened there would be no Easter

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  5. Really people. So you think that by buying Lindt or RedTulip that you are not eating Halal certified.
    CSR are major supplier of sugar in Australia. They supply to all the factories and food manufacturers.
    CSR are Halal certified.
    Thrrefore, anything you eat that has sugar in it is Halal certified.
    That includes everything from bread, tinned fruit and vegs, ice cream, yoghurt, soft drinks, cordial, jelly, lollies, alcohol, sauces, biscuits, cakes, etc, etc, etc.
    Saxa salt is another thing that is Halal certified and they are the major suppliers of salt in Australia. Therefore, everything you buy that contains salt is halal certified. That includes things like chips, seafood, popcirn, tinned and frozen vegs, etc, etc, etc.
    You also drive cars that have halal certified petrol and oil in them.
    You wear clothes msde from material that is produced in muslim countries.

    So it simply is not possible to live without Halal certified goods in your life. Even if you make your own clothes and grow your own food, the air you breathe and the water you drink is the same as that breathed in and drank by muslims.

    So, quite frankly, it is simply hypocritical of people to say they don’t indulge in Halal certified. We all do.

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    • When it is on Medicines , Shoes, Batteries. it becomes a racket . The problem is this has been introduced without consultation , Back in 2005/6 there was nothing like this, my friend married a Pakistani, AND the only thing was MEAT, she had to drive MILES to buy it , no where on N Shore . Labor I assume , as they let in all the illegals to demand MONEY to fix all the problems they create. How come then it wasn’t important but now IS . MONEY

    • Dawn
      Halal certification has been around for over 40 years on a lot of goods. It was required to allow export to Muslim countries.
      As for illegals.
      Asylum seekers have been coming to Australia for over two hundred years. That includes both yours and my ancestors. And both the Liberals and Labor parties have been in power during this time.

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