100 DAYS OF WEIGHT LOSS--DAY 39
FRIDAY FEBRAURY 8,2013
FLAVOR OR TEXTURE
Do you like sweets and desserts or do you tand to reach for salty foods such as potato chips? I LIKE BOTH
Would you rather eat a crunchy oatmeal cookie or a gooey caramel roll? GOOEY CARAMEL ROLL
Do you love the pungent flavor of blue cheese dressing? NO
Or might you favor the zing of a spicy buttito or of green chili? NO
Each of your answers reveals another aspect of what you love about food. Often it's not the flavor but the texture of foods that keeps you reaching for more. When you can't seem to stop eating a favorite food, it's possible you simply love how it feels in your mouth.
FLAVOR MAY NOT MATTER
As you pay attention to the foods you love, you may discover many of them appeal to you only because of their texture. In fact, some foods don't have much flavor at all, but their texture keeps you coming back for more.
Think about which typres of food textures you enjoy most.
Do you tend to prefer crunchy and chewy or soft and smooth? BOTH, DEPENDS ON MY MOOD.
What about harsh, slippery, or tingly? SLIPPERY
Consider the mouth feel of the foods you like best. When you bite into a thick, juicy cheeseburger, what sensations do you get with that first bite? IT'S HEAVEN
Mentally feel the contrast between eating a strip of beef jerky and an ice cream cone. Picture eating cashews, and then switch to peanut butter. What do you think that makes the differenc in why specific textures appeal to you?
CASHEWS IS SOMETHING CRUNCHY AND PEANUT BUTTER NICE AND SMOOTH.
You may discover your "love" of some foods is based entirely on the way they feel in your mouth.
EMOTION BEHIND THE TEXTURES
When you begin eating something and you can't seem to stop, think about what the texture might be doing for you.
Does it give you away to chew hard and fast, the way you'd like to "chew on" your boss? YES
Maybe it feels soothing or comforting, causing you to eat more so you can feel these emotions again and again.
If you recognize you're eating for texture, try to idenitfy what you might need emotionally. After you figure this out, address those needs in some other way instead of using food to take care of them.
**Pay special attention to both the flavor and texture of each of the foods you eat today.
**Select one of your favorite foods. In your journal, escribe its texture. Use creative words as if you
were writing a gourmet review for a magazine.
***CHICKEN WRAP AND BAKEDFRENCH FRIES
**See if you can correlate your favorite textures with specific events, people, or emotional needs.
Plan how you can handle these in other ways.