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Valentine Box Strategy

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I like to walk at the mall, and I have to visit the grocery store this week. But those red heart-shaped boxes are everywhere....not to mention the gleaming golden gift bags and silver square packages with sparkly ribbon. Most of them, I know, contain candy. Chocolate is a high percentage of what's in there, I'm certain. And I don't want to think about candy, especially not chocolate. It's been proven that just THINKING about food makes people secrete insulin, and guess what insulin does when it's running around in my bloodstream unaccompanied? It makes me hungry. As if I needed any chemical enhancement to my desire for sugary treats. Enough rambling....the point is, I don't want to think about candy every time I see a valentine gift display.

So I've been tricking myself, practicing a little re-direction. I concentrate to imagine something else in those lovely little packages. I conjure up a vivid mental image of a charming piece of vintage jewelry. I picture opening one of those flat heart-shaped boxes right there in the store and seeing a lovely lingerie item. I imagine a shimmering manicure kit in one of the golden cubes. I envision loosening the top of a silver bag and pulling out a rolled-up pair of silky spandex workout pants. I mentally rehearse opening a heart-shaped flat box and pulling out a gas card in a large amount. You get the idea. It's not that I need to actually receive any of this loot; I'm just trying to make it back to my house without feeling the urge to rush to the pantry and lick cocoa powder off of the shelf of staples. Actually sometimes I need a strategy to keep myself from cramming chocolate into my mouth while passing between the sales display and the cash register!

Any more ideas for averting the cravings aroused by the assault around Valentine's Day?
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    Love this! :-)
    1951 days ago
    Our imagination can be a wonderful friend when we use it positively. Markketing uses all of our senses to tempt us, it is about time we use our senses to resist marketing. Happy Valentine's Day to you and your family.

    Isn't it ironic that these things are "heart" shaped and are so unhealthy for our hearts? It's like a heart shaped whopper or heart shaped donuts.
    1951 days ago
    This is just such clever "reprogramming": good for you!!
    1952 days ago
  • NANCY-
    "just THINKING about food makes people secrete insulin" Yikes!
    I do love your approach.
    For Valentines day treats this year, I had a glittery red pedicure and got myself a sparkly red scarf(which would also work for Christmas time. Now a box of rose hip tea is speaking to me. I'll have to forgo the vintage jewelry though.
    On loving yourself.
    1952 days ago
    emoticon High five! emoticon is going to be gone and forgotten but a gift of the heart or as you describe can be remembered and treasured forever! Or even a gift of a mani or pedi gift certificate or special polish or something from Ulta or Sephora from the beauty counter. Are you a tea drinker? Something from Teavana. Coffee from Starbucks or another coffee house. A bead from Pandora for your bracelet. So many non food ideas!
    1952 days ago
    Love the ideas!
    Desparation really sets in when we are licking cocoa powder off the pantry shelf!!
    1952 days ago
    Great ideas for avoiding the chocolate! I'll have to give some of those suggestions to my hubby - I've warned him - no candy! You're doing great!
    (coupon for a pedicure enclosed)
    1952 days ago
    Excellent Diversion!! Brava!! emoticon emoticon
    ...:::I just wrote a Valentine's Day blog...all about pretty creations.

    ..:::what a sharp cookie you are!
    1952 days ago
    I think that's a great strategy! emoticon
    1952 days ago
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