Distractions Work

Today is Tuesday, April 8th (Happy Birthday Jaime and Ruth! Happy Anniversary Gustafsons!)

The topic or question of the day:

Importance for distractions

When we were in the process of moving and I was in the process of learning a new job, I personally experienced the power of distraction and eating.  I was a bit stressed with the unexpected move (our property was not for sale at the time), and the busyness of preparing for a new job.  Both my husband and I lost 5 lbs. easily in 1 month by working hard, packing up our house, fixing things and using our muscles moving boxes and furniture.  The distractions of the move changed our routine and our appetites.

I have always told clients to have a list of distractions to turn to when hunger strikes.  We often eat out of boredom and distractions can prevent needless calories.  Distractions should not take longer than 20 minutes. They redirect your routine, especially your eating habits.   Examples of some distractions are:

1.  Writing a letter to a relative or friend.

2.  Cleaning out a desk drawer or closet.

3.  Making egg, bean, or tuna salad for later.

4.  Reading a chapter of a book.

5.  Taking a walk or work on a flower bed.

6.  Start writing poetry or work a puzzle.

Once you participate in distraction, your thoughts of hunger or food move to thoughts about completion of your project.  This is good and prevents you from eating when you are not really hungry.

Quote or tip of the day:

“When hunger hits, do not resist

the pick of one distraction.

Write a letter, read a book

Save calories with some action!” – Suzanne

Call to Action:

Write your list of distractions.  Make sure the tasks can be completed in 15-20 minutes.



The Revulsion Technique

Today is Wednesday, January 29th

The topic or question of the day:

The Revulsion Technique

     There are many techniques we can use to prevent us from eating foods or beverages that may harm us.  One is called the revulsion technique.  This is when you imagine a food or beverage in a negative connotation, or a disgusting picture.  In New York City, a friend of mine told me a billboard pictured of a bottle of soda pop pouring out the liquid soda and then it turned into yellow fat.  It looked horrible.  The picture was saying, that too much sugar can turn into fat (triglycerides) in your body.  Very repulsive. 

     Another repulsive example has to do with comparing flour tortillas to wall paper paste or glue.  For those of you who remember making paper mache masks, you mixed flour and water to make glue, dipped newspaper strips in the mixture and pasted it on a balloon to harden.  Tortillas are basically made of flour and water.  If you let them sit too long with dressing or salsa, you will notice the tortilla turns into sticky glue-like substance.  Imagine that sticky glue in your arteries.  I try to avoid flour tortillas and choose corn tortillas instead.

     I often use plastic food models when teaching.  In one of my classes, a man stood up, and gathered the plastic mashed potatoes, bread, hamburger bun, and pasta.  He held them up, looked intently at them and said “You are poison for me”.  He dropped them and as they fell to the table, they bounced all over and startled the other participants in the class.  At the next class, several people commented on how the man’s demonstration affected them, and they stopped eating foods that were not helpful for their blood sugars.

Tip or quote of the day:

“Sugar is like an acid,

It eats your insides out

Imagine how your vessels feel

Oh you should hear them shout.” – suzanne

Take action today:

Make up your own revulsion techniques.