Ice cream makes my nose stuffy and when eaten at night, I snore. I rarely eat ice cream because I don’t enjoy the consequences but on rare occasions the craving for flavor overcomes a dislike for a stuffy nose. Recently, friends suggested we stop at Sweet Rose Creamery after dinner.
The salted caramel flavor was amazing but vanilla is my favorite. It was so hard to choose that I got two scoops. Nearly finished with the first scoop I was already grieving the end of the ice cream. The ice cream outing was right after dinner so I was already somewhat full when we arrived. By the time I was scrapping the cup, both scoops finished, I was heading to an overstuffed stomach.
One problem with restrictive eating is that when one does give oneself permission to enjoy the food, he or she is more likely to overeat the forbidden food treat. “After all, I never eat ice cream….I have no idea when I will eat it again. I deserve to eat every last drop.” Says the restrictor to his or herself.
Perhaps another option is to remember that I choose not to eat ice cream because I don’t like the way it makes me physically feel. I can choose to eat ice cream every day if I am willing to carry around Kleenex.
Many of us are often caught in a “forbidden foods” mentality. When one breaks down and indulges in forbidden foods we often overindulge. We become like a child making the most out of sneaking into the cookie jar because once the parents discover the break-in they will likely put the jar in a more unreachable place. Break the “forbidden” trance with a phrase that reminds you, what you eat is your decision. The phrase I forgot that night but I am going to keep in mind as I move into the holidays is, “sweetheart, it tastes really good but if you are full you can stop. You can get more tomorrow.”
I am a marriage and family therapist and mindfulness and mindful eating teacher. My passion is helping others to heal their relationship with themselves, their bodies, food and other people.