Remember the post from a couple of weeks ago in which I was so proud of myself for putting all the snack stuff away after I’d made myself a serving?
Well, the direct opposite stragegy just landed in my Inbox at work! Corporate sends out a monthly health e-newsletter, and it generally focuses on diet and exercise tips. This month’s tip was to keep the evidence that you’ve snacked out and around so that you can actually SEE that you’ve eaten!
The thinking is, apparently, is that if you see the detritus, you’ll remember, and you won’t go eat anything else.
Raise your hands, now, and BE HONEST! How many of us would see the ‘evidence’ and be triggered into actually eating again because, well, we want to! We liked it, and we want more.
Now, why does one approach work for some and not for others? I don’t pretend to have an answer, but I do have a thought. Many of us are NOT driven by visual cues. We’re driven by something internal. We tend to call it emotional cues, or STRESS. So, maybe, if we put the ‘evidence’ away, we’re not cued to eat until our next emotional stress shows up. Even if it’s two minutes later.
Other people are very visual in all things. And maybe they’re the people who describe themselves as being on the ‘see food’ diet. You’ve heard them: I see food, I eat food. But what do they do if they see empty peanut shells or yogurt containers? Eat more? Or are they the ones who realize that they’ve eaten and then they’re done?
Different strokes for different folks. In the meantime, I’ll keep putting my stuff away. What about you?