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It's a Choice - Part 2

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A while back I talked about trying to find the balance between giving in to cravings to avoid binging later on and ignoring a whim, thereby not giving in every time we think we are craving, lest we give in so often our journey is at least delayed if not completely derailed.

It makes me think about watching my very, very favorite show, The Big Bang Theory. Does anyone else notice that when they sit all cozy around the coffee table eating, you want some of what they are eating? I think it happens for me most often when they are eating Chinese food! Funny thing though, once the scene with the Chinese food (or pizza or whatever their food du jour happens to be) is over, so is my desire for it.

Now isn't that interesting? The power of suggestion is unbelievably strong. That is why companies pay millions of dollars to advertise their products, because in so many instances, our will is so malleable. So that leads me to ask this question: am I weak-willed?

Well, if I hopped up right away, grabbed the phone and ordered Chinese (or pizza or whatever...), I guess the answer could be yes. But I take heart at the fact that that has yet to happen. And I find that as great as my urge for it is while the scene is on, it is gone just as quickly as the scene changes.

So this fact leads me to take heart, and to a step in the direction of finding that balance for me. Here goes: if the desire for a particular food hits me and I can find the reason for it, it probably is just one of those whims which can be ignored without fear of a binge on down the road. On the other hand, if the yearning just won't go away, especially if I don't know the source of it, that is likely an itch that needs to be scratched. But there is the preliminary inquiry as to how long one should wait to see if it goes away, and then, more importantly, to determine, as my new hero Dr. Yoni Freedhoff asks in his book, The Diet Fix, what is the smallest amount of that food that will satisfy my urge?

I think that is going to take a little more thinking...
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    Is there ever a small amount that would satisfy? I still find it easier not to start.
    2375 days ago
    This totally makes sense. I know when I sit down to watch T.V. and the Pizza Hut commercial comes on, it makes me want pizza, funny thing is, I don't particularly care for pizza hut.

    Just need to keep breathing through those commercials! And let it pass.
    2375 days ago
    Wow, that is an interesting thought. Definitely something to really look into.

    BTW, Big Bang Theory is my all-time favorite show too! I love it!
    2375 days ago
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