Thursday my husband and I went to breakfast after the kids went off to their first day of school. Afterwards we ran a few errands. This included a trip to the cell phone store, which turned out to be a not-so-pleasant experience. I won’t go into the details, but suffice it to say I was a little bummed when we were driving home.
As we neared our neighborhood my husband asks if I’d like to stop and get some frozen custard (one of my FAVORITE treats – chocolate with peanut butter mixed in – YUM!).
Husband offers, “Would you like to stop and get some frozen custard?”
Me, with a little sigh, “And get fat? I’m not really hungry yet.”
Husbands pats my leg and says, “I just wanted to cheer you up.”
I pause, think a minute and say, “Custard isn’t going to make me feel better…I’ll be fine. But thank you for offering.”
WHAT?!?!? Did I just say that?!?!?
I surprised myself when I said that custard wasn’t going to make things better. I knew it was true and flashes of posts I’ve read on emotional eating went through my mind; but I myself have never said something like that before!
I LOVE custard, but I honestly wasn’t really hungry and I already knew that I was probably going to see a gain this week, so it especially didn’t sound good at that moment. Eating the custard would’ve just added overeating guilt to my emotional distress and what good was that going to do?
Now I must confess that I didn’t turn down the custard completely. Later in the day when I got hungry for lunch I took him up on his offer. I wasn’t upset anymore, I was truly getting hungry and it did sound good. So I had a frozen custard for my lunch. It was so filling that my dinner was a very light salad with half of my serving of chicken broccoli braid, because I got full quickly.
So, while I don’t suggest eating frozen custard for lunch every day, I do suggest waiting for the proper time to eat it – when you’re hungry – and not just when you’re upset. It tastes so much better on and empty stomach than a full, emotionally upset one. 🙂