How many of you are familiar with the concept of “fear foods”? It sounds pretty obvious…foods that cause fear, right? Basically, yes. The difference is that the level of fear surrounding that food is irrational or completely nonsensical. For example: I may be terrified of eating a pancake with butter and syrup, but have no trouble with an english muffin with peanut butter and jam. Or maybe I couldn’t stand the thought of an ice cream sandwich, but a scoop on a cone? No problem. And my personal favorite: Terror at the sight of a burger, yet no problem with a sloppy joe. Silly, right? Sheesh!
Part of my recovery process is to develop a list of fear foods (CJ talks about this!), then forge right ahead and tackle each one. My list includes things like burgers, fried foods, blizzards, etc. One food I used to struggle with was bagels, but I just decided to hop in and start eating them, and I haven’t looked back 🙂 THEY’RE SO GOOD! But what do bagels have to do with anything except that I like them, I eat them, and that’s a good thing?
I’ll tell ya.
Bagels have become a “lunchtime standard”, if you will. I’ve become pretty comfortable chowing down on one, and when I say comfortable, I’m referring to the number of calories. Oh, and this bagel does have cream cheese and almond butter on it. Anyways.
The other day, I was craving a frozen burrito for lunch (don’t judge). I really wanted it, but I felt a little scared. What if it was too heavy? And doesn’t it have a MILLION calories? And maybe I’ll just have a wrap. But then I flipped the package over and read that stinkin’ number. And it wasn’t much different than a bagel. So I ate the burrito, and quite enjoyed it.
However, I hadn’t really put the pieces together until yesterday.
While dusting off some merchandise at work, I took a gander at the stats on the Easy Mac package. My first reaction? “Sheesh that’s a lot of calories!” But on second thought I realized…it was about the same as a frozen burrito…about the same as a bagel.
So now, I have two new weapons for combating fear foods:
#1. I can think of a food similar to the fear food (burgers vs sloppy joes) and
#2. I can relate the number of calories to something else I’m comfortable with.
After all, it’s just food. Bagel or pasta, ground beef in a sauce or a patty – it’s just food.
Hey ED…go eat a bagel. 😀
Have a lovely day!