Have you ever felt like foods have a voice? I know I have. I will be sitting down minding my own business when all of a sudden it happens.
The cookies that I baked for someone’s school function call my name. Or, the leftover pizza from movie night haunts me. Or sometimes I feel the call of food that is not even in the house. Crazy, huh?
Food has a power all its own. People who have never struggled with their weight do not really get this concept. For those people, foods like these tempting little morsels hold little sway over them.
The power of food is strong for people who struggle with weight. It can be very difficult to resist temptation because it really does seem as though food has a voice. Here are some of things it “says” to people.
1. You Need Me
The food seems to makes you feel as though you need it to feel calm, to feel good, to feel right.
The truth is that no food makes you feel any different emotionally for long. In fact, if you are trying to lose weight and blow your diet on sweets or other high calorie foods, you feel guilty instead of better.
2. You Deserve Me
“You deserve me,” says the food. You deserve a little treat for being so good for a whole week. You deserve this high calorie coffee drink because you’ve had a hard day.
The truth is that you do deserve good food. However, rewarding yourself for good behaviors by eating unhealthy food does nothing to help you meet your goals.
3. You Love Me
The food seems to say, “But you love double chocolate cake.” How can you say no to something you love?
I can relate to this one because I still have people in my life who say, “But you love this dessert. Why don’t you want some?” I explain that I may love it but I don’t need it. You need to learn to do this as well if you struggle with this.
4. I Make You Feel Better
The food might seem to say that if you eat it you will feel better.
Feel better after blowing your diet on food you know you should not be eating? I don’t think so. However, I sure fell into that trap during the years that I was obese. I would see peanut M&M’s in the store and I just knew that I would feel less stressed, less anxious, or less sad if I ate them. Sadly, the opposite was true.
5. It’s Been So Long
“It’s been so long since you had a bite of cheesecake,” says the inner food voice. You should have some.
There are foods that I have not eaten in years and although I do still like them (or at least assume I do), I refrain. If you feel as though you should eat a junky food just because it’s been a long time – resist unless it fits within your diet plan and calorie allotment.
Summing Food Voices Up
Of course we all know that food does not really speak, but the messages that run through our brains when confronted with tempting foods do speak to us and these phrases are just a few of the phrases that you may think about when confronted with tempting foods. It can be hard to resist temptation but you can do it by knowing what messages you should listen to and what messages you should ignore.
When you find yourself feeling as though a food is “calling your name,” ask yourself what need you are trying to feel, what emotion you are experiencing, and whether you need the food or just crave the food. Learning to distinguish between the two can help you regain control and continue on your diet.
How do you handle it when you feel as though a food is calling your name? Diane