Monday, February 25, 2013
Gah, I thought I'd never get through the morning. I had a lot of reading to do to prepare for my class lectures, and when I am tied to my desk, it's a TRIGGER for me to eat. I know I'm really craving distraction, not food, yet it is very hard to resist.
Today I decided to eat about 8 carrot slices (I love the ones that come prepackaged - maybe it's silly to buy them instead of making them myself, but they are great grabbables for snacks.), a two-saltine pack of crackers saved from a soup lunch last week, and then I put a teaspoon of sugar in my tea. That seemed to cut the craving and I managed to get through until my 11 o'clock class.
This is a trigger situation that I've talked about before. The other form it comes in is when I'm grading. Again, I'm craving distraction. This morning worked okay because I substituted low-calorie food for higher. But I really need to get away from a food answer for the problem.
Sometimes I get up and take a walk. Or if I'm home, I'll do a little cleaning job. It can work to get a glass of water or cup of hot tea. Sometimes I'll check email or a news site, but I have to watch that because I can get TOO distracted and waste time. But none of that really satisfies my habitual urge to snack while desk-bound. I have to keep working on it.