Saturday, January 05, 2013
It is surprising to myself how significant our environment is in determining the manner we develop. If you grew up in a family who enjoyed the outdoors, chances are likely you developed an interest in outdoor activities. You developed the attributes akin to the activity your family or peer group participated in. Perhaps you did not directly participate, but you attained the likeliness and willingness to partake in every aspect of the activity. To be a part of this, it may have meant indulging wholeheartedly in the support of the food surrounding and/or in celebrating the activity. Octoberfest may have meant Bratwurst, Baseball might mean hotdogs, movies meant popcorn, and watching football from your favorite chair might have meant beer and wings.
If we narrow the environment down we may identify prompts for triggering a hunger urge. If you always watch TV from your recliner and always enjoy a snack there, you may have identified a trigger. If you always are enjoying buttered popcorn while at the movies, then going to the movies maybe a trigger. Perhaps attending a birthday party means cake and ice cream as a means of celebrating.
Never wanted to believe I needed to eat at the table and not in my recliner. I like eating in my recliner. I eat everything there while watching TV. After persistent urging from my daughter, I have begun itemizing all my food intake and fitness. Wow! Do I really consume this much? Didn't even realize I had been eating. I was watching TV! Moving out of my favorite chair for watching enlightened me to the idea watching TV doesn't necessarily mean I am hungry for popcorn.. I simply had it because I always ate popcorn watching TV.
Made me look at other activities which I enjoy. How many of these involved unplanned consumption of food just because I always had this food while enjoying the activity. I was subconsciously enjoying the food and using the activity as my scapegoat. I can enjoy and do now, watch movies without having popcorn.
Do you find yourself consistently eating/drinking while sitting in your favorite spot. Might be time to look at altering your environment so as not to trigger those habits. It is not an overnight prescription to stopping a habit we learned years ago. After all we learned to sing "take me out to the ballgame, buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks...". Must mean it isn't right without these. What do you think?