Does that cookie really taste that good?

In keeping with my “skipping skinny” mentality, I’m believing that it’s okay to have a cookie or two if I feel like it. I’m not into deprivation because it always seems to lead to binging.

So today when I was picking up a chicken at the Fresh Market, I grabbed a bag of cookies for my mom and I to share after lunch. I had two then, and they were pretty good.

But after dinner that night I had a third one, and surprisingly, it really didn’t taste that good.

My first thought was, this is what I love to eat. It’s got to taste good. But it really didn’t. And tempted as I was to finish the cookie, I spit it out in the trash can.

My action surprised me. It’s not like me to to spit out a cookie-like ever. Usually a kind of trance comes over me and I feel obligated to finish something sweet, even if it really doesn’t taste as good as I thought it would. It’s a sweet, and I consume sweets.

But tonight I thought differently. As soon as I bit into it and decided it really didn’t taste that good, I had a choice to make. Keep on eating, or get rid of it. We don’t have a lot of time when these decisions come to us. Usually only seconds. And it’s there that we’ve got to make the best choice for us.

Sometimes we can think we’re powerless over certain foods, but we’re not. Let’s take the time to think about if we really even want that cookie, or other food that we are eating on auto pilot.

And that choice may be to continue to eat the cookie. Maybe we do like it enough to enjoy it. Maybe we’re hungry and it’s all we have right now. If so, then yes, eat the cookie! But if, like me, you don’t think you even like it, ditch it. It’s such an empowering feeling. And we can be saving our calories for something really worth eating.

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