How excited was I?
The mail delivery person came bearing gifts yesterday afternoon. Gifts in the form of glossy pages bound together. Oh, mail delivery person, you are too good to me some days!
So I lounged in my bed last night and flipped open the pages.
They were just oozing with prettiness. Oh my how pretty!!
And upon scanning the front, seeking to know what lay ahead, a certain article caught my attention:
Hmmm . . . interesting.
Why Elle, how did you know that on occasion I do feel a bit overwhelmingly hungry? How fantastic of you to want to help ease my difficulties. Hunger is just so, well, blah!
The description sounded so promising too:
eat more to weigh less (more yummy food?!??! And I won’t gain weight? I might even lose a few pounds? Yes, please!).
For compulsive snackers, every day can involve a food fight or two. (I wouldn’t call myself a compulsive snacker, per se. But I do get bitten by the snack bug every so often – so yes, Elle, tell me how to fight the urge!)
My fingers furiously flipped to page 211 where, the magazine promised, I would finally (oh joy, finally!!) figure out how to solve all my problems! I would be able to eat plenty, not be hungry, and I would, all the while, attain the body of my dreams. YAY!
I could, just like Ms. Cindy Crawford in the pages of another mag (Allure, to be exact), eat copious amounts of bread and still look totally fab in my strappy swim wear. Right???
But oh, table of contents, how you tease me! The article did not at all turn out as I expected. I was such an eager beaver and I was soon transformed into a disappointed duck.
What the quack?!?!
The writer’s first solution to fight hunger was a bottle of pricey pills. Uh oh! Next up was some sort of seaweed, algae business that could, if not taken with enough water, choke you to death. Hmmm . . . I’d be slim, trim and free from hunger pangs, but I’d be dead. Yeah - I’m not really liking that option too much.
I will give our writer some credit, though, as she did eschew these absolutely dumb options.
But where was my ultimate solution?
About the only good recommendation I found, near the very end of the item, was a suggestion from emotional eating expert Denise Lamothe, PsyD.
Now, I will agree that, for the most part, a lot of my snacking is cause by moods and emotions.
I am bored – hmmm, what can I eat?
I am stressed – hmmmm, what can I eat?
I am sad, lonely – hmmm, wonder what’s in the fridge?
I think we see the pattern here.
Her advice did make sense, too – “diminish stressful lifestyle habits.” That, in turn, will get your hormones more balanced out and will thus help you battle the cravings (not always, but more often).
I do agree that when I am, overall, more OM! than UM! Oh No! I do handle life, and the food urges, better. If I am already frazzled, than throwing more angst into the mix means a meltdown is surely going to happen.
When you are well rested, when you have been consistently feeding your body well, giving it oodles of nutritious fare, then you do fare better in tense situations, I think. It’s like stocking your pantry up with lots of goodness so that when the storm hits you’re better able to weather it.
Noted, too, was the benefit of a good walk. I think that a stroll with Mother Nature can most certainly keep your mood boosted. It’s a good preventive medicine, if you will.
And research has shown, too, that when a craving to eat strikes a good ole walk outdoors can get your serotonin up and will help you battle the munchies. I haven’t personally tried hitting the pavement when I get the urge to splurge, but I do see that it certainly could be helpful.
So, I didn’t find out how to stop starving. I did not learn how to eat more, weigh less. My quest, I suppose, must continue.
P.S. Yes, I am well aware that seeking nutrition advice from a fashion magazine is pure folly.
P.P.S. Of course, my overwhelming desire to eat my own bodyweight in chocolate every day while simultaneously dropping weight like mad will continue to cause me to do absurd things – including perusing any and all periodicals for whatever will make this dream a reality.
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