I found this interesting, so I wanted to share it with others in hopes of enriching other's lives as much as I hope it does with mine. So it was suggested to me yesterday that when I want to eat food, but I know I'm not hungry, that some need is not being met. Since we have 5 senses, try out another sense rather than taste and see if it helps curb the initial reaction.
Sight - I am now on a quest to make sure I have beautiful things to look at throughout the day. I decided last night that as long as I'm in the same classroom next year, I'm going to paint this summer to make it a happy place for me. My home is relatively good that way, but I've been itching to paint something (I just can't motivate myself to go through with it.).
Smell - Since I spend a majority of my day in the classroom, I think I'm going to go to Bath & Body Works and pick up a few more room scent sprays. I love the 2 I have and realized I don't use them near enough. I need variety, and I thought this would be a perfect way to increase my smelling sense!
Sound - I think I do a fairly good job of this one. I listen to upbeat music while I'm at the gym. I'm probably damaging my ears, but sometimes I think, the louder it is, the faster I go. LOL
Touch - this one is a little trickier. I went to bed last night thinking of my sheets and how much I love them. I also love our bed, it is like a giant marshmallow! I also need to do a better job of going and getting massages since our insurance covers them. I need to remember to get hugs often as well, cause sometimes the eating that comes from insecurity could be remedied with just a simple hug.
And lastly, Taste- if I really DO want something, I won't deny myself, but what I DO choose to eat will be high quality, and eaten slowly so that I can enjoy every single part of it. I would be crazy to down a box of expensive chocolate without savoring every little drop!
So there you have it- my new goal....to stimulate other senses in attempts to rid myself of the habit of always going to food for comfort and safety.