ou can’t turn around these days without encountering a bowl of chips. They seem to be a requirement at social gatherings. Potato, tortilla, pita, or veggie, they’re everywhere and addictive as all get out.
I was at a party last night. A bowl of tortilla chips sat on the table in front of me the entire evening. I freaking love those things and too many times I’ve embarrassed myself at parties because I couldn’t keep my hand out of the bowl. I’ve learned over the past few years that it’s far easier to not start than it is to stop. When it comes to me and chips, moderation has never been possible.
My friends crunched away while I resisted. What you resist persists may be a cliche, but that doesn’t make it less true. I can’t tell you how many times I had to pull my hand back from that bowl. It’s like I had a little demon on my shoulder poking at me “just one, you’ve been so good for so long.” It’s not all I thought about, but it was in the back of my mind all evening.
Finally, as I got up to leave I decided it was time to have one. After all, I was leaving so there was no chance of overeating. I expected a mouthful of crunchy goodness with just enough salt to leave me craving another. What I got instead was a mouth full of dry cardboard and stale oil. Ick.
Eureka! Tastes can change. Six years ago I was a chip addict, very much in love with the holy trinity of salt, oil, and crunch. It takes perseverance and commitment but in the end, why keep eating and loving something that doesn’t ever love you back?
Change is possible.
- Make a commitment to your well being — not a number on the scale.
- Start paying attention to tastes, sensations, thoughts, and feelings.
- Drop the judgment when you overeat. Self-recrimination never motivated anyone.
- Stop dieting, they never work for long.
Do you want to get started but don’t know how?
Have you been trying on your own but can’t make it stick?
Are you simply curious about a different approach to overeating?
Let’s talk! LifeCoachKaren@karensteiner.com