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BLOSSOM into a Grown-up

Thursday, March 21, 2013

This nudge identifying an area where I need to BLOSSOM came from reading DEBRA0818 's blog about binge triggers.

Thinking through several items on her list, I saw my own pattern for out-of-control eating: when food is free.

When stores have samples, when I'm visiting a friend, when I'm at a social event, whenever food is being "given away," I have an irrational feeling of needing to eat a lot, and to take some with me if feasible. I would call it a compulsion; the urge that grips me is very strong.

I know this comes from my childhood, but I am in my fifties. I choose to live in the present. I choose to open my eyes to reality.

Here is what I will tell myself before the grocery store, before a party, or before a visit:
"I am not a hungry child; I am a grown-up. I can buy healthy food for myself. I can choose not to eat this and I will be okay. God has promised to supply my needs. I choose to BLOSSOM into the security of my present life."

My meditation is from the 2nd Epistle to the Corinthians, ch. 4 verse 6:
"For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."
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    Thank you for helping me to label an area that I struggle with as well. I have noticed it in the past, but have never really called it out and labeled it. I look forward to overcoming this pitfall with you!
    1851 days ago
    I really don't like all those "freebies" at the stores - like Costco. They are dangerous since they can trigger an eating binge. So kudos to you for just saying "NO"

    Takes practice but I know you can do it. That used to be something I would do all the time but those calories do count and it's easy to consume a lot of them.

    By the way thanks for the goodies! They really make my day and I'll try to be better about responding to them so you know I got them!!


    1853 days ago
    Very empowering, while still acknowledging your inner child. She is seen and heard, and reassured you are taking care of her and she can relax!
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    1856 days ago
    I find it quite scary how many things are in my brain "from childhood". When they say those are the formative years I guess they aren't kidding!!

    I'm not so sure how many childhood habits I instilled in my own children. (I'm sorry kids)
    1856 days ago
  • NANCY-
    I still sample the food "IF" it will serve me. I will read the ingredient list first, then taste. Most of the time I pass it up, too much sodium. If I won't consider buying it then I don't try it. Most of the stuff is processed anyway. So that limits my desire and options. The same goes for buffets. I used to go for whatever tickled my fancy...but now buffets hold little in the way of what I desire to nourish myself with. On my son's pizza night out I send him with a salad in his stomach to start. Knowing your needs and meeting them is awesome... You rock.
    DEBRAo818's blog was great, thanks for sharing.
    1856 days ago
  • DEBRA0818
    I like that saying! Reminding oneself of adulthood, abundance and healthy choices makes it (just) possible to pass up the tray of pastries at every meeting. Why create a life of misery for myself with "free" food when the kind I buy and make is so much more delicious and healthy.

    1856 days ago
    Wonderful blog! I too can relate to the free food issue. And thanks for the reference to DEBRA0818 - I liked hers too.
    1857 days ago
    I too have had this issue in the past, but not any more. You CAN train your brain to avoid eating "free" food because you know what? It's really not "free"! The cost to your body, your program, your health, your self-esteem, your pride is TOO HIGH!
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