Friday, October 21, 2011
I WANT A COOKIE, MOMMY!
Now lets think about emotions and food. If you're stressed out, what do you want? If you're lonely, what do you reach for? Depressed? Treating yourself? Celebrating? We can justify a splurge for nearly every emotion we experience. Stir in low blood sugar and you have yourself one hek of a disaster.
The other day I was running errands all afternoon. Before I left my house I grabbed a banana guessing my normal lunch time would be altered on account of my chores. I turned down a wrong street in a new neighborhood and voila...my lunch time got pushed WAY back. I was glad my banana was sitting shot gun, it kept me from pulling over and getting fast food. But it hit me like a TON of bricks....I'm hungry and irritated.....I WANT FOOD!! I was angry because I could not find the store I was looking for and the minutes kept ticking away. I was surrounded by golden arches, Taco Bell's and Burger Kings.
I nearly caved.
The thoughts racing through my head: "Get food. Eat hot and greasy food. Very angry, eat whatever you want." I was looking at a possible fast food frenzy!! I thought about my savvy foodies and kept on the straight and narrow. It's not easy and it takes a lot of retraining. I did reward myself with some fat-free frozen yogurt AFTER I had a spinach and veggie salad. I'm an advocate for rewards, but I'm savvy about them.
With education, dedication and a commitment to being a savvy foodie it is possible to resist temptations. It takes awhile to retrain the brain. I have to think about food in a different way and stop letting sugar be a reward. It's a treat, sure. But my reward comes from never having to think maternity pants are the only comfy pants again!! WHOOP!