It’s what drives us. It’s what has formed our day-to-day habits and lifestyle. It’s what we look for in every single decision we make. When I say pleasure, I want you to think of whatever food comes to mind first. Think for a moment…..
…If you’re anything like me, your brain ran to “pizza” and “ice cream” and anything that had massive amounts of sugars and/or carbs! But, when we take a step back and look at these foods that we associate with pleasure, otherwise known as our comfort foods, are they really that comforting?
Pizza is AWESOME. Ice cream is DELICIOUS. And for the first half hour or so after we eat it, we feel amazing. The sugar rush. The endorphin high. The happy tummy. The soothing comfort of a food we love.
Then we crash.
The drop in blood sugar. No more “feel good” chemicals in our brain. Stomach pain and indigestion and bloating. Guilt. Shame. Punishment (“I’m going to run 6 miles tomorrow and not eat!”). All of a sudden, our comfort food doesn’t feel so comfortable. There’s no pleasure in this. And yet, time and time again, we repeat this habit in search of some kind of pleasure.
But what if we could change this? What if we could link pleasure and comfort in our minds, with food that makes us truly feel vibrant? The good news is that this is totally possible. Pizza and ice cream and whatever foods ended up on your list definitely have a place in our lives. However, that place probably shouldn’t be daily, especially if we experience negative effects after we eat them.
It takes a lot of awareness and effort to do this, and I am nowhere near perfect when it comes to practicing the change of my comfort foods. For me personally, I’m learning to adopt a high (healthy) fat, low carb diet where my carbs come from fruits & veggies, not grains. So when I am craving a bag of chips, or bread and butter, or pizza and ice cream, instead I practice looking at my celery and almond butter (for example). I know when I make the latter choice, my stomach won’t hurt, I’ll feel lighter, I won’t want to just sleep after I eat it, I won’t have any guilt, and I can eat as much of it as I want…
Now doesn’t that sound comfortable? 🙂