Monday, April 9, 2012
If you could eat anything in the world right now, what would it be?
Stop for a moment, and close your eyes. Imagine you can eat anything you want right now. A magic delivery boy will show up at your door and drop it off the second you decide what you want. No cost, just a thank you and send him on his way. The only catch? You have to pick something that will leave you feeling completely satisfied after one serving.
Did you just change your mind about what you wanted?
Lately I've been playing this little game when I find myself having a generic craving. You know the kind...when you want something, but you're not sure what. And you just keep grazing, hoping that urge will eventually be satisfied. So I close my eyes, and imagine various foods, mentally throwing each one out until I find what I'm looking for.
Often, I assume that what I want is carbs. It used to be when I got into this kind of itchy mood, I would automatically want to reach for my comfort foods: mac & cheese, pizza, cinnamon rolls, cookies. Carbs, fat, and sugar all put together into one giant food coma. But I never really felt satisfied. I would eat more and more, waiting for that off button to ding, but it never did. Or at least not until I was uncomfortably full.
It never occurred to me that I would have been perfectly satisfied with something else.
Sometimes when I play this game, I realize what I really want is chicken. Sometimes, I realize it's pancakes. And sometimes it really is a cookie, and that's okay too. I'm happy to give my body what it wants, as long as that's really all it's asking for.
And sometimes, I go through a list of foods, only to realize nothing will satisfy me. I can't think of a single food that I'll be able to eat without overindulging. Occasionally, I'll admit, I just go with that and make a conscious decision to overindulge. Not binge. But just eat more than I need to. It happens and it's not the end of the world. Other times, I leave the kitchen and go find what it is I really want. That's when I play the game again, replacing the word "eat" with "do."
So go ahead. Close your eyes and ask yourself, if you could do anything in the world right now, what would you do?