Why am I still eating?
A few months ago, someone was telling me about how the food industry does research to discover the flavors our bodies (or minds) can’t seem to get enough of. Food manufacturer’s seem to create their foods to have scents and tastes that trigger our brains to just keep eating because it smells/tastes soooo good.
I was reminded of this conversation as I sat eating crunchy Cheetos and my stomach was like “Why are you shoving more food into me?” It’s true. I realized I had eaten enough, but they tasted soooo good that I kept right on putting them in my mouth. My poor tummy. Finally, I thought, “Why am I still eating?”
I know they aren’t good for me, but we’re going to visit the grandkids this weekend, and our Connor loves them, so I bought some. Just the knowledge that the bag was in the house and the anticipation of their tangy, salty, yumminess prompted me to OPEN the bag. Sigh. After realizing I should stop eating them, I decided to look at the ingredients.
Yuck, nothing there sounds very tasty! Although, the salt and citric acid explains the tangy/salty flavor I was enjoying. I wondered if there was really anything in them that MADE me eat them. After searching for specifics and finding way too much information about why I want to continue to eat when I’m full. I thought perhaps I would share one of the articles with you… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-clear/why-we-crave-junk-food_b_4261415.html
The reality is, even if the food industry is trying to be sneaky to sell more food, we need to be smarter. Be informed, read the labels, and be aware of portion sizes. Nobody MADE me eat the Cheetos, I am in charge of my choices and my actions. Moderation is the key.
*Pam Horton is a certified Stress Management coach in the Raleigh area.*