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Temptation is Tricky


December 4, 2016 – 

Temptation- something that causes a strong urge or desire to have or do something, and especially something that is bad, wrong, or unwise

So there I am ‘minding my own leisure’ during a good ole game of football and my mind begins to tell me “your hungry!”  But I really wasn’t. I had my portion of lunch and was waiting for the chili to finish in the crock pot for my evening ‘minding my own leisure’ football game (I love this season!).  How is it my tummy was signaling hunger? I wasn’t really hungry, I had simply been duped by the TV advertising.  That’s how they get us! burrito

Photographs of food and beverage to make us think what they want us to think.  Good thing the Marlboro Man is no longer allowed to be in a commercial!  But now food is the new bad habit.   Photographs of food that look so delicious, so healthy, so intriguing. Here are the advertisers that set my mind on fire for calories:




And no, I did not race to the drive through for a Burrito and a Coca-Cola. I also did not race to the kitchen … I simply abstained.  Enjoyed my water… YUM!

The number one reason I fall to the temptation of hunger and self-sabatoge is boredom. It gets me every time.  If I have nothing to do or fall into complacency my mind finds pleasure in food for some reason.  Thus, I stay busy! What is your trigger for overeating? Boredom, tired, sad, happy? Whatever it is, know your trigger and learn to recognize the difference been it and real hunger.

Here are a few steps that might be helpful:

Before you decide to eat something take a few deep breaths, close your eyes, and tune in to the physical signs of wanting food.

Take time to notice the intensity of the sensations, and then decide if what you are experiencing is true or tempation hunger.

If it is true hunger, you will probably want to eat. If it is tempation hunger, you might decide to wait.

Continue to practice these steps before eating and you will begin to shift back to the natural rhythm of eating only when you are truly hungry.

Don‘t be tempted to sabotage your health.

In good health,


“I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.” ― Mae West