Baby Carrots vs Oreos
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
I read an interview with Rosie O’Donnell several years ago where she said (and I am paraphrasing) “Of course I should eat the baby carrots, but I want the Oreos.” She went on to say something like, if it were that easy, then the obesity problem would be solved. I suspect it is not that easy for most of us. I mean I buy baby carrots all the time, but after about the first handful, I am sick of them, and the candy jar on my desk becomes the go to.
I read it hear all the time and I am totally guilty of it, where I say something like, I know I am an emotional eater, and I should eat the baby carrots when I am upset but then why did I go to McDonald’s over the weekend and still ask myself why I can’t zip up my pants. I know I am doing it but it is so hard to change. As I said in a recent blog, we do what we know, what is familiar and comfortable. But have you ever asked yourself, why do I need the baby carrots in the first place? Yeah, sure, eating the baby carrots instead of the Oreos when you have had a bad day, or fight with your husband would be better, but isn't the real issue the reaching for comfort from food? I think we all know that baby carrots just aren't going to give you the same satisfaction as the Oreos but wouldn't it be more satisfying not have to go to that place where we need either of them? I know it would be for me.
So it starts today. I challenge myself to first stop buying baby carrots, (I really don’t like them) and then for the rest of this month I am going to tackle one area where I think I need food but I know it really is something else, and it is my work environment. The candy jar as of today is off limits.
I will let you know how it turns out….