The other day while I was letting all of the penguins escape from the fridge and contemplating what food to cram into my mouth, I asked myself “Hmmm…what do I want?”
Usually I come up with things like ice cream, peanut butter M&M’s, chocolate cake, Zesty Doritos, or some sort of pasta dish. This time a weird thought came into my mind. A thought that seemed clearer than most of my thoughts so far that day.
Yup, that’s right. I wanted someone to be with me. The reason I probably had this very clear and honest thought was the fact that I had just finished eating a gallon sized salad. There was no actual way I could put another thing in my stomach and live to tell about it. You know it’s a big salad when it takes you a solid hour to eat it!
With this information in hand, I decided to label my food with what they mean to me when I eat them outside of my allotted food for the day. I’m obviously not eating peanut butter out of the jar because it’s part of my eating plan, I must be looking for something else.
I learned some interesting things when I asked myself, “What do you want?” when I looked at each of the foods I was likely to indulge on.
Apparently I don’t want food at all! I want things like control, satisfaction, fulfillment, comfort, and to be entertained.
So now what?
Now I can choose to do something different than eat when I want one of these things. I need to come up with a list of things I can do when I am looking for these things. For instance, if I want satisfaction I could knock a bunch of items off my task list, clean the bathrooms, or encourage someone else. There are tons of things I can do to get the same result that doesn’t involve hiding in the kitchen and eating the peanut butter straight out of the jar.
Any great ideas out there to how to fill the emotional void with healthy activities instead of food?