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I Dreamt About Ice Cream

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I'll admit it. When I'm in a lot of pain, I seek comfort food. Not unusual, I know, but a habit I have been working hard in the last 18 months to improve upon.

As you know, my back has been slowly deteriorating to the point where it impedes a lot of what I want to do. This is especially annoying in the summer when there's so much to do.

I've been doing what I can to get in exercise and looking for things that I can still do. I've also been in pain.

I bought a big bag of cherries the other day. They're sort of pricey and not something I usually splurge on. I decided this would become my comfort food for when I hurt and was feeling bad that I couldn't do something I wanted.

My plan seemed to be working, so I bought some corn on the cob and let myself have that for lunch (after ensuring it wouldn't blow my meal plan for the day.)

So, last night my subconscious got even with me. I dreamt about making an ice cream sundae and keeping it by my bed. I actually woke up and slipped into the kitchen to make sure there was no ice cream in the freezer. When I fell back asleep, the same dream came back, this time with chocolate drizzled on the ice cream.

I guess it takes longer to re-train the brain than it does your actions.
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    Thought you might like to know... Alternative meds says cherries are a great food to help with this is definetely a great choice! Keep up the good work-you are an inspiration to many!

    2834 days ago
    emoticon See you're awesome because I probably would have gotten in the car and went to the store. LOL!

    2834 days ago
    Hahaha. I don't know about you, but when I have those dreams I always wake up SO GRATEFUL that my guilt was over imaginary food that I didn't actually eat...
    2835 days ago
    Glad it was a dream and you weren't sleepwalking!
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    I'm reading two books on mindfulness and the brain ~ and how mindfulness helps with the re-training. Fascinating!
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    (If you're interested [or anyone else who reads this is], I'll provide titles and authors)
    2835 days ago
    Cherries are a great comfort food!
    Isn't the brain the darndest thing! But now your craving is gone right??? wink

    2836 days ago
    I've been slowly investigating ways to enjoy a small ice cream sundae occasionally, healthfully. But I don't call it comfort food, I just call it tasty! Treating myself a little bit, regularly, helps me stay disciplined.

    2836 days ago
    Dontcha just KNOW it! re: retraining the brain...! It's the underdog that can undermine the GREATEST of efforts if we aren't vigilant!

    2836 days ago
    You can't catch a break... even when you're sleeping! emoticon
    2837 days ago
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