Tuesday, February 12, 2013
I like to walk at the mall, and I have to visit the grocery store this week. But those red heart-shaped boxes are everywhere....not to mention the gleaming golden gift bags and silver square packages with sparkly ribbon. Most of them, I know, contain candy. Chocolate is a high percentage of what's in there, I'm certain. And I don't want to think about candy, especially not chocolate. It's been proven that just THINKING about food makes people secrete insulin, and guess what insulin does when it's running around in my bloodstream unaccompanied? It makes me hungry. As if I needed any chemical enhancement to my desire for sugary treats. Enough rambling....the point is, I don't want to think about candy every time I see a valentine gift display.
So I've been tricking myself, practicing a little re-direction. I concentrate to imagine something else in those lovely little packages. I conjure up a vivid mental image of a charming piece of vintage jewelry. I picture opening one of those flat heart-shaped boxes right there in the store and seeing a lovely lingerie item. I imagine a shimmering manicure kit in one of the golden cubes. I envision loosening the top of a silver bag and pulling out a rolled-up pair of silky spandex workout pants. I mentally rehearse opening a heart-shaped flat box and pulling out a gas card in a large amount. You get the idea. It's not that I need to actually receive any of this loot; I'm just trying to make it back to my house without feeling the urge to rush to the pantry and lick cocoa powder off of the shelf of staples. Actually sometimes I need a strategy to keep myself from cramming chocolate into my mouth while passing between the sales display and the cash register!
Any more ideas for averting the cravings aroused by the assault around Valentine's Day?