Friday, January 04, 2013
I love searching for new recipe ideas. I enjoy cooking, trying new recipes and making changes or improvements.
While looking for healthy recipes I wind up looking look at pies, cakes, cupcakes, chocolate, snacks, cocktails, breads, pastas and more and juicing-up cravings for anything and everything (the worse for me, the more intense the craving)...in other words, foods I don't need and didn't want up until a few minutes earlier. Those cravings can linger (even for days) and cause me to go have to battle the craving, or divert my attention from it, or sometimes give in to something that won't be half as good as I the food in my imagination.
On top of that, just the time spent wasted looking at food is always much more than I realized and could be used for other productive pursuits including sleep or marinating in something healthy.
I'm also recognizing a connection between getting lost in recipe/food searches and my avoidance of something else I should be doing.
This is counterproductive and needs to stop. I can do something about this.
First, awareness is often more than half of the battle for me. Just becoming gaining awareness often puts me on a better path. I'm going to avoid searching for food unless I'm truly want a recipe for a particular food or meal. Before I start a food search I'll set a timer and I will stop my search when time is up, even if I haven't found the recipe I want. I'll also be mindful about what I should be doing and I won't get lost in food pictures if I really should be doing something else. I'll also try to limit my searches to places that rate higher on my health-o-meter to limit opportunities for wild-unhealthy cravings.
I started to write about the obvious cravings caused by food pictures and recipes, but I ended up with a new awareness and a play to combat a bigger problem. Time well spent.