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Chocolate roughs

Saturday, March 16, 2013

I was posting this as a comment on a blog of a Sparkie who is struggling with a particular food item, and thought it deserves a blog of its own. This is a true story.

Many years ago when I was a lot younger and slimmer, I had a problem with a chocolate coconut biscuit called chocolate roughs. I truly could not have a packet in the house because once open I would eat the lot. Maybe a pack would last two days but seldom longer than that.

How I got over this is quite interesting, because it busted my sweet tooth pretty much forever. Though I am still partial to coconut...

What I did was buy a whole lot of packets of chocolate roughs, and I mean a lot of packets in my trolley.

I stuffed my fridge and freezer with packets of chocolate roughs. While I was shopping for them and putting them away I really looked at them and allowed myself to feel the deep satisfaction of having all the chocolate roughs I could imagine. I told myself if I ran out I could go to the shop and buy as many more as I wanted.

I assured myself that they were all there for me, I didn't have to share and I could eat them at will.

Whenever I opened the fridge, there they were. It felt strange and wonderful to have them all at my disposal. And when I wanted to eat them, I could have as many as I liked.

And I did.

I ate a lot of chocolate roughs, but fewer than I thought I would.

It didn't take long before I had admired and appreciated those chocolate roughs just as much as I wanted. I had sated my desire for them by allowing myself to have as much as I wanted until I no longer wanted them.

From then on I could have a packet opened in my fridge and only have one every now and then. I kept a packet in the freezer. I would smile when I saw them, reflecting on how strange it was that I used to feel so out of control over them, and recalling the nuttiness of that time.

Their power over me had gone.

They don't make chocolate roughs any more.

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    Very interesting. And quite different from an advice that is often given, that says 'keep the trigger foods out of the house, what isn't there can't be eaten'.

    It reminds me of stuff that Geneen Roth (author on how to overcome emotional eating) says in her books. She gives a description somewhere of a child that was put on a diet but kept gaining weight, sneaking food etc.. Roth told her mother to give her a pillowcase full of her favorite food (M&M's) and tell her that she could do with it whatever she liked, and that mom would fill it up if it got empty. The child first ate lots, slept with the sack of M&M's beside her bed, took it with her wherever she went. But gradually she no longer held on to it so tight and in a longer run, she lost interest.

    These are fascinating stories for me. I have tried this myself. I ate so much of the trigger food that I really feared I'd explode with weight gain and I did go back to trying to avoid it and keep it out of the house.
    So maybe it doesn't work for everyone. Everyoen's different, they say. OR I did not dare to try long enough. But my fear is that there would be no end to my cravings for brownies...
    1660 days ago
    That's how I quit smoking - silly - right - as long as I had pack in my drawer it was there if I wanted it (which I did not) but if I did not have that pack , I would have been a crazy woman !! Good Blog FiFi - hugs Karen emoticon
    1824 days ago
    Interesting method. So glad it worked for you. I've been struggling with everything sweet lately. Thanks for sharing!
    1825 days ago
    Glad that worked for you. Sorry they don't make them any more.
    1825 days ago
    Many years ago when I had a really, really bad day, my sister came to my aid with 2 pounds of coconut haystacks (a cousin to your coconut roughs). We ate every last one of them in less than an hour. Neither one of us has binged on them since.
    1825 days ago
    I kind of did that with somce chocolate cansy. It lost it's luster when I had as much as I wanted and it was no longer a treat!
    1825 days ago
  • LHLADY517
    What a great idea. And they sound delicious.
    1826 days ago
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