Bites, licks, and tastes, in the words of a couple of people who have successfully lost and maintained their weight over the long haul. We all have them, that bite of chocolate. That ‘just a taste’ of what we’re making for dinner. The ‘is this any good’ sample of something new.
We know that these BLTs add up in terms of calories, increased insulin response, fat grams, carb grams, whatever we’re monitoring. They can even set off a binge. It’s risky behavior that needs to be controlled. Notice I didn’t say completely eliminated, but controlled, at least to the extent that we’re mindful of what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. It’s important for me to stop this, as BLTs are the equivalent of a binge for me.
A few weeks ago, this BLT urge hit me in the grocery store, of all places. I wanted grocery store snacks. Chips. Cookies. Crackers. All I had to do was put them in my cart, get through the checkout, and into the car, where I could open them and munch away on the drive home.
But then I realized that I was actually planning on doing this!!!! Oh dear. Talk about self-sabotage.
I wavered. And then, the ultimate tool surfaced, and I pushed my cart through the aisles, talking to myself! ‘You don’t want that. You don’t need this. What is going on with you? You deserve better.’ Several people heard me. I smiled sweetly at one or two and said simply that I’d lost my mind or needed a vacation or some such nonsense. They laughed and said that worse things could happen.
But I’m going to continue this habit when stressed. It’s easy to discuss the concept of self-talk when it’s going on in your head. It’s much harder to ignore when you’re actually saying the words out loud and hearing them.
Besides, it’s rude to talk with your mouth full of food!