Better Alternatives To Comfort Foods
We’ve all done it at one time, turning to foods for comfort, hoping to bandage the hurt or a nagging problem. No matter if craving a chocolate cookie or the meaty heavenly spices of a crunchy Mexican Taco, all feels better for us, at least for a little while. But we can fool the brain only for long and what’s leaving us with is a period of sadness, of feeling blue again.
Cranking Up The Mood Meter from Low To Wonderful
Although, seeking clarity to a problem for a situation we find ourselves in is really the only solution that empowers us. To make sense of things and respond to them accordingly. Even cranking the mood meter from low to wonderful. For accessing feelings and for solving problems we need not a full stomach but rather a clear mind. Let’s find some ideas on how to do this.
This can’t be generalized. So, I give you some examples on how I deal with a cluttered mind when feeling blue:
That’s how I get my mind off the food for comfort track:
- I’ve just finished reading “Love, Life, And Elephants: An African Love Story by Daphne Sheldrick”. It’s about early conservationists in Africa, creating sanctuaries in national parks, saving wild life and fighting off poachers…
- Using my MP3 player and listen to the British Sound of “Kate Nash: Girl Talk”, or the fast beat of “Tegan and Sara: Heartthrob”- dancing, practicing my jumps, working up a sweat.
- Using my MP3 player listening to lectures, offered in the “Great Courses”, right now working myself through “Physiology and Fitness” and “James Joyce’s Ulysses”
- Taking pictures while taking my dog out. There’s always something to pay attention to and click the exposure button for that one and only image…
- Working in a nursing home three days a week. Fast paced, allowing little personal thinking.
- Writing this post, trying not to dwell on the problem that needs solving.
- It helps talking with friends and family. Feedback makes me look at things from other peoples viewpoints and allows me to step back from my own.
As you can see, so far I’ve distracted myself. But before I fall asleep at night, I think about that particular problem. And by asking myself of what I can do to solve or handle it in a smart way, often just to fall asleep quickly. And most often, when I wake up in the morning, I find my answer, verbalize it, and devise my plan.
How do you do it? How about sharing your ideas right here, right now…
A funny video…Taco Therapy To Fight The Blues
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