Have you ever finished off a box of cereal so you would stop eating the cereal?
Does this make sense?
If you have been there, then you know.
This happened to me recently, and fortunately for you (and me) I was aware enough to notice the wackiness as I was doing it, so that I could recount it here.
I do this a lot; not finish off boxes of cereal, but try to catch myself in the moment of mindless eating.
Last week I bought some cereal for my daughter, but I am pretty sure as I was buying it, there was a voice in my head saying it was really for me. I ignored it.
No one in my house really eats cereal. I buy the stuff and end up throwing boxes away. So I haven’t actually purchased any in a long time. But something appealed to me about it this week, and as I mentioned, it was for my daughter. (wink)
Well as I predicted, she never ate it. However, as soon as the cereal hit my cabinet, I could not stop thinking about it. The crunch, cold milk, mildly sweet….
So the next day as I was making my usual eggs and oatmeal, I thought why don’t I have cereal instead? And so it began. I had not one, but two bowls.
That night dinner was not quite satisfying, so I thought why not have a little cereal? It’s only 120 calories. So I had a small bowl, or two.
The next day, same.
Fortunately I noticed my pattern, and decided to get rid of the cereal all together, but instead of throwing it out, I finished off the box so I couldn’t eat any more. Yikes!
So why am I telling you this story?
Because I wanted you to know that we all have these moments.
Yes, even me.
And no, you are not crazy, or the only one who has ever done weird food things.
What I realized is that cereal is a trigger for me, and if it is in the house I will continue to eat it until my head hits the bottom of the box. So I won’t keep it in my house any more — especially if no one else wants it.
Lesson learned. Moving on.
You need to do the same.
What food is your “can’t-stop-until-it’s-gone”? Peanut butter? Ice cream? Chocolate? Potato Chips?
It doesn’t matter what your poison is, it just matters that you remove it from your house.
Out of sight, out of mind, out of mouth.
I would love to hear your weird and wacky food story. You know you’ve got one…. Leave a comment below.