My Wacky Food Story

By · October 16, 2014 · Mindless Eating · 6 Comments
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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.

My Wacky Food Story

6 Responses

  1. Yes I have this problem with chips and cookies so I always choose varieties I don’t love and let the children and my husband eat instead . Trouble is they don’t always get around to finishing them fast enough unlike myself !

    Paula duncan October 16, 2014 at 4:06 pm #
    • Yes Paula, that is a good tactic. Choose foods that don’t call to you so you won’t be tempted.

      Annette Alfieri October 18, 2014 at 2:09 am #
  2. Hi Annette,

    I can so relate….I do it with oreo cookies. The intent is that I purchase them for my son and husband as a special treat. But, once they are in the house I cannot rest until they are all gone. I have been known to eat an entire sleeve of oreo cookies while I am working at home. I tell myself, if I eat them all then they will be gone and I will never buy them again. I have gotten much better about not buying them at all and opting for the grapes since my son loves them as much as oreos, but every once in a while, I still give in 🙂 I am so glad that I am not the only one who eats until it’s gone. Thank you for sharing and making me feel that I am okay! I hope you are well, I miss you! Karen

    Karen October 17, 2014 at 1:22 am #
    • Hi Karen!
      You are definitely not alone. I hear what you are saying. Sometimes the special “treat” is really for us, be careful of that. Or, buy a small individual serving pack. That way, when it’s done, it’s done. I miss you too!

      Annette Alfieri October 18, 2014 at 2:18 am #
  3. Yes many thanks
    For the helpful tips which I like reading . I am looking at your detox and wondering if it is for me because my weight loss is very slow and sluggish

    Paula duncan October 20, 2014 at 1:40 pm #
    • Paula, the detox helps to rid the body of excess toxins, which in turn will allow your body to shed weight faster. While it is not a diet, I do use it to jumpstart stalled weight loss. Check out the details on my website under Flat Belly Detox.

      Annette Alfieri October 20, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

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