I don’t want to finish my crisps.
I’ve just been eating crisps. And there are five left. And I don’t want them. And I realised something pretty huge.
Here’s the story. I’m working away and today is a research day. As I was watching discussions and reading blog posts,I decided I wanted to eat some crisps. I’ve got a taste for salt so I picked up some Frazzles (for anyone not in the UK, these are bacon flavoured corn chips which are designed to look a bit like bacon rashers). (Not that the description is really important, but anyway).
I put them in a bowl ..
No, that is NOT a diet tip.
The reason I put crisps in a bowl is because I like eating them from a bowl. I haven’t analysed that – it just is.
Anyway … I put them in a bowl and ate them. If I found I was eating fast, I slowed down a bit because ….
Nope, the above is NOT another diet tip.
The reason I eat crisps slowly is because I enjoy eating crisps slowly. I find the pleasure I get out of eating them increases for me when I take my time.
So I ate them in the way I like to eat them, and then when I wanted to stop eating them, I stopped eating them.
And what I noticed was the silence.
I looked at them. An old line in my head started to crank up – “oh, might as well finish them, there’s only five there”.
But I decided that just because they were on a plate and in front of me, that didn’t mean I had to eat them. I didn’t struggle and strain to not eat them. I just. did. not. want. them.
And that is all. The line in my head stopped played – and was replaced with ….
And what I realised is that I tried for years and years to get to this place. I used diet tips, diets themselves, all sorts of methods to “control” my eating.
Yet here I am, in the exact place I thought that dieting, “being good” and “being mindful of food” would get me to.
And I did it with – nothing.
I didn’t need a diet. I didn’t need an eating programme. I didn’t need to pay much attention to food at all.
The answer to what do you do instead of dieting? The answer is – nothing.
(there is no spoon!)