Food. I haz it.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Ok. Confession time.... Cheez Its were on sale. Not just ANY Cheez Its, but my favorite of all favorites: BIG Cheez Its. I love those things! For no good reason.... *sighs*

The primary reason it's bad to have Cheez Its is that they're my ultimate favorite reading snack. I've always munched while I read a book. Always. I usually try chomping on some gum while I'm reading to get that oral fixation thing solved and I'm trying, trying, trying to kick that habit. I can read for HOURS every day... munching the whole time and then the book's over and between snacks and drinks, I've consumed a work of fiction AND 2100 calories. *headdesk*

So! Chewing gum and failing that, I go for a bowl of diced celery and chopped peppers or something with crunch that's similar, but lower in calories and actually provides *gasp* nutritional content. I'm also trying to fit in a couple of strength training exercises when I get up from the couch thinking I need "another quick snack" after finishing up chapter 10.

The crunches remind me that my not-so-little-Buddha-esque-bel
ly doesn't NEED another snack, and my emotional craving doesn't need one either! The wall pushups remind me to eat food that's fuel and to enjoy food when I'm hungry.

When. I'm. Hungry.

I have no illusions about implementing the phrase "Eat to live, don't live to eat!" My friends... this is so beyond my realm of understanding.... I LOVE food. Revel in food. Adore food. Tastes, textures, flavors, the smell, how it looks... We, as a species, have taken food to fabulous new heights. Usually we don't just shove rodents on sticks and roast them over fire these days.

So, I'm going to enjoy my food when I eat it. Some days I live to eat - especially when I know I'm making something fabulous for dinner. *swoon*

BUT.... I wanna make sure I'm HUNGRY when I eat. Not just fulfilling a psychological/emotion need, but a physical one. I want to eat for more than one reason.

Cheez Its. I had 'em (yeah, past tense. Whoops!) And that box keeps teaching me the same lessons: Eat when you're hungry or you'll feel crappy. Have healthy alternatives for "book snacking." I'm getting better about my relationship with food, but I still have weaknesses... and I'll do my best to make sure the Cheez Its stay on the grocery store shelf from now on!
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