Out of Sight, Out of Mind. Really?!!
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Today's "magical" spark coach lesson tried to get me to use the strategy of out of sight, out of mind. Put the trigger foods away where you can't see them constantly, every time you walk through the kitchen or open the refrigerator door, and you'll be less likely to partake.
Well, it didn't work when I was a kid. And it doesn't work now, either. And I believe that's the truth of the matter for most people, no matter whether you can't see the cookies in the cookie jar or not. You can leave them on the shelf at the store, or put the jar on the roof till you can stand it no more, and you know exactly where they are and what to do to get them.
It takes more than hiding them.
My brain is in a collective made up of all the cells in my body. And Collectively, THEY ALL KNOW right where the donuts are AND what to do to get them!!
THEY are smart enough that something as silly as putting the cookie jar on the roof will NOT fool them.
What DOES work? Trashing the offending treat has worked. Encouraging the little shredded wheat character to talk some sense into my collective cells has worked. Saying NO usually doesn't work because there's a challenge there somewhere. Offering a healthy alternative has worked.
Actually analyzing the nutritional value as if this monster were an adult has actually worked. Hm mmmm.
The body collective is glad for strategies that have actually worked.