Monday, April 15, 2013

Managing an Appetite with Aplomb

I daresay pretty much all of us have temptations to overindulge in one thing or another. Food, sex, drugs, alcohol, sleep, exercise, the internet, pickles, fast living, spending. You don't have to be a [fill in your vice here]aholic to be someone who overindulges.

Me? Food is where those sorts of temptations come up for me most often. I have such great memories associated with food of times spent with my dad, my family of origin, my extended family, my husband, my children, my friends. Food is part of many celebrations and therefore is intimately intertwined with our experience. Some people find it tricky to detach the emotional satisfaction of food from the nutritional value!

Quick. First food you think of when you think of going to the movies. Popcorn? That's mine. For most of the movies I have attended, a bucket of popcorn was always just part of the experience. Even, in the olden days, WITH the butter-like phude they put on top.

I recently lost some weight and recommitted myself to eating fewer carbs and grains, more fruit and veg, more protein, and overall healthier.

So, I was a little scared to go to the movies. I was not sure I could trust myself to say no to the popcorn even though that was what I wanted to say, because part of me always seems to want to say yes, especially to that yummy caramel corn they have.

Yesterday was the big debut for my new intention to eat healthier, including at the movies.

Jurassic Park 3D, here we come. As we walked from the parking lot to the theater, this happened:

Me: Do you mind if I tell you all the reasons I don't want popcorn?
Him: There is nothing I can imagine wanting more right now than hearing all the reasons you don't want popcorn. (possibly not an exact quote)
Me: Blah blah OVERPRICED wah wah wah FEEL BLOATED mumble MESSY sniff sniff SHAME blah blah. And blah.

By the time we entered the theater, I was very sure that I was not going to buy popcorn. Those reasons were way enough motivation to give it a very wide berth.

Who cares? Well, I'm always trying to focus on what I DO want, but remembering all the things that I experience when I eat popcorn at the theater was more focused on what I did NOT want. And it was extremely effective. And empowering. And healthy. And positive.

Pretty sure most of us can do with more empowering, healthy, positive, effective ideas. What are some of the attitudes and actions you find to be empowering, healthy, positive and effective?

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Talya Tate Boerner said...

Most of the time I eat very well, organic, natural, gluten-free, etc. But sometimes I go to the movies just for the popcorn:)

Kristin said...

Movie popcorn is so disappointing.

Yay for you for walking on by!

Sarah @ losingmylemons said...

You are a stronger woman than I...

I am not even a big fan of popcorn, I'd actually prefer nachos but I just can't not do the popcorn 'thang.

Merrie Hansen said...

Great post...and congrats on your recent weight loss and commitment to healthier eating. My biggest downfall is ice cream...:(

Keep up the good work!

Joyce Lansky said...

We have a little rundown theatre that has a great econo hour between 4-6 on weekdays. One can see a current run movie for $4 and get a child's size serving of popcorn and coke for a buck. It's just enough to eat but not feel guilty. Love those $5 outings!

sherilee said...

Good for you! Breaking old habits takes a superhuman effort, for sure.

Movie popcorn is a weakness for me, but it helps that I rarely/never go to the movies!

Anonymous said...

Good for you, Susan.
(Myself, I hate movie popcorn, but I could easily substitute some other food vice that is my own particular weakness.)

It's not easy to walk by something like that. Good experiment, to list what you DON'T want.

~ Mary Ann, on hm

Anonymous said...

... P.S. ... maybe you could eat a plum instead!
("manage it with a plum" ... oh, hahaheeee, I amuse myself so ...)

Anne Mackle said...

Well done you! I don't like popcorn but what I do enjoy at the cinema is nachos with that runny cheese sauce and green chillis.
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