My daughter Naomi absolutely LOVES her “nookie.” If she could have it all day, she would. Whenever she hears a baby crying she says, “Mama give baby nookie.”
It has become quite obvious that she associates it with comfort. She just recently turned 2 and we decided it might be time for the nookie to start going away.
The interesting thing I’ve noticed over the past few weeks is that she doesn’t think about it or ask for it as much when she doesn’t see it.
In other words: Out of sight, out of mind.
On the other hand, if I leave it out on the counter or if she spots it somewhere around the house, it’s all she can think about and she acts like it’s the only thing that will satisfy her.
At this point you may be wondering what this has to do with nutrition?
Just like Naomi loves her nookie, you may have certain foods that you L-O-V-E. Case in point:
The other day I had a client in my office say to me, “ Yep! I ate the whole bag of chips.” Another one said, “Yep! I ate the extra-large chocolate bar. It’s my favorite and I just couldn’t stop!”
Thinking about these stories made me realize that we aren’t so different from our kids at times. In fact, let’s be honest—we act a lot like them more often than most of us would care to admit.
Naomi’s nookie brings her comfort much like junk food does to many people. When we feel stressed or overwhelmed, we often look to food to satisfy us. And because it’s right in front of us, staring us in the face, it becomes a huge battle we end up losing because it’s all we can think about.
And while there might be emotional triggers that need to be identified and dealt with, part of the solution is really quite simple.
During those appointments I mentioned, I discussed with my clients the importance of getting their “trigger foods” out of the house that very same day!
Out of sight. Out of mind.
Because let’s face it, if you are keeping foods in the house that you are trying to avoid, chances are pretty darn good you are probably going to eat them at some point or another…when you are in fact trying really hard not to.
Will power is a glorious thing. However if you haven’t yet mastered the ability to pass on certain foods, keeping them in your house is a lot like telling a dog not to bark at strangers. Ain’t gonna happen.
So I challenge you today: What junk foods (aka “nookies”) do you need to get out of your house so you can be more successful at making healthy choices?
Before you head to your basement to place my picture in the center of your dartboard, take a deep breath. I am definitely not saying you can never have a treat or eat things you really like once in a while. What I am saying is:
- Know your weaknesses
- Make wise decisions and
- Keep real food in your house as often as possible
And in doing so, you will inevitably set yourself up for success!