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Cravings - Just Another Thought

Friday, September 20, 2013

Anybody know the purpose of the WordPress “Reblog” functionality? That just sounds lazy to me.

But tempting, especially on those days of waning motivation. With close to 200 posts created so far, it would be easy to take something old and just make it new again. Besides, not much has changed since my “trial” began. I’m certainly armed with more knowledge, but does it make me smarter? Nope – it’s the application of that knowledge that makes me intelligent. I’ll get there.

Things are beginning to sink in with the “It Starts with Food” book though. There’s a lot of anatomy and nutritional science but clear analogies make it very readable. More about it another time.

Today I tried a new tip I read from Six Tips to Help You Control the Urge to Snack:


It’s about recognizing a craving as a thought instead of a physical need to act upon. When I felt my afternoon Pumpkin Spice Latte craving come on, I treated it as any other distracting thought that came up during the work day, and refocused my attention back on the task at hand: interviewing potential interns.

So I was successful, but the fact was I really couldn’t leave my desk to run to Starbucks. Maybe I’ll try it again on another day I have a bit more freedom. As for the additional tips in the article, I think they make sense – except for the last point about moderation. When it comes to food addiction, there’s no such thing as moderation.

Also helpful from the same site: How to Identify Compulsive Overeating in Your Loved One:


I definitely recognized some of the behaviors listed in myself, so there weren’t any new insights there. I think I understood I had a problem well before anybody else in my family did – but let’s say it wasn’t me with the problem. What would I say to someone I loved that I thought needed an “intervention?”

I might use the article as a springboard to start conversation – “I am concerned. I want you to be healthy and happy, but I recently read a few things that suggest to me you might not be. Does this sound like you?” – and share the article with them to comment on. If they deny or object, would probably continue – “Well, that’s why I didn’t want to jump to conclusions, but I would feel better if you spoke to someone about it – maybe a doctor?” I’d try to see what they thought about it and probably offer to go with them.

I don’t know. It would be a tough conversation to have.
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