Ever walk into the grocery store, and realize that your grocery cart literally fills within the first 15 minutes of you being there? As you look inside your cart, you see the essentials (what you initially came for), but as you look closer you see things that you rarely every buy. Spicy Doritos? When was the last time you bought those? Double fudge cosmic brownies? Well, they looked really good when you picked them up?
I like to call this experience a food goggle realization. You just had your food goggles on for the last 15 minutes, and look what happened! You don’t want this stuff, but you were so darn hungry that just about anything and everything looked absolutely delicious the second you walked in the door. Food goggles can appear during other times as well. One of the most common times they appear for me is as I’m cooking dinner or when I am baking. From the time I eat lunch to the time dinner is on the table, I have left work, maybe stopped at the grocery store, went to the gym, taken a shower, and now dinner can’t be done fast enough, and my stomach wants something now. Before I know it, there goes about 30 pretzels, 20 carrots, and half a container of hummus. Not that pretzels, carrots, or hummus are bad, but that wasn’t really what I had planned for my dinner, and now the dinner that I just spent 25 minutes preparing doesn’t look all that appetizing.
Get rid of the food goggles!
Food goggles appear when we have deprived ourselves, even when we feel that first initial tummy growl. We ignore the growl and begin thinking, “well dinner is soon enough, I don’t want to spoil it” or “if I am really that hungry, I will just open a bag of chex mix while I’m grocery shopping.” Well, let me tell you 9 times out of 10 by the time you decide to address the growl, it has turned into a roar.
Never go to the grocery store hungry. Never start cooking a meal when you are hungry. Unless you are the most disciplined person out there, I’m sorry I can’t say that I am, I can bet you that your food goggles will appear. Before you go to the grocery store, have quick snack. A carb and a protein. Something that will give you a little boost of energy and satisfy your tummy by silencing the growl. A few snack examples?
- a hand full of mixed nuts and dried fruit such as almonds, pistachios, and raisins.
- a small apple with 1 Tbsp nut butter
- 1 slice of cheese with 8-10 whole-wheat crackers
- 1 slice of whole wheat toast with 1 Tbsp nut butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon
- a handful of high-fiber cereal with a few almonds (pretzels and almonds are also quite tasty)
- a piece of lean deli turkey with a few crackers
Do the same thing about an hour before you are going to start making dinner. If you are usually on-the-go at this time, keep a baggie handy in your car with something sustainable like nuts and dried fruit. Pop a few handfuls in during your drive, and by the time you get home and are ready to start cooking, the food goggles were left behind weeping in the car.
Food goggles can be a menace. Don’t let them get the best of you 🙂