Thereís an oft-repeated weight management phrase that simply doesnít ring true for me: ďnothing tastes as good as thin feels.Ē In my experience, whether itís a pint of ice cream, a box of cookies, or a half-dozen donuts from the bakery, there are many, many things out there which not only taste ďas good asĒ any other feeling, but probably trump that feeling every time.
After all, feeling thin is a state of mind. By contrast, a cookie is a tangible, sweet thing that makes a delightful sound as you crunch it in your mouth. That burst of sensation when we pop that first piece of chocolate, or forkful of cake, or (insert your trigger food here) is something thatís pretty damn hard to beat.
So it seems to me that if the message youíre trying to insert in your brain is ďthis spectacularly tasty food item is not as good a physical sensation as slipping on blue jeans fresh out of the dryerĒ youíre probably setting yourself up for failure. As sensory inputs go, the feelings we get from the act of eating are basically at the top of the list. (Its not likely that we become overweight by doing something we donít want to do!).
Fortunately, human beings are created with the ability to apply logic and reason to our actions in addition to simply responding to physical stimuli. This enables us to viscerally imagine the consequences of our actions. Why else would Moses have been handed those commandments?
So the phrase Iím testing out for myself is ďWhy give up now what I want most?Ē Tomorrow Iím going to my umpteenth work-related holiday food event (Iíve lost track) and I know that I will be faced with a variety of foods that I find sorely tempting. Iím not even going to TRY to tell myself that those foods donít taste good. But since the logical, rational side of my brain really wants to be able to slip on those jeans, Iím going to have to work on some strategies.
Itís a work in progress, Iíll keep you posted.