Negotiating With Your Food

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On April 19th, 2012, The Times-Colonist newspaper ran an article about a woman who lost almost 100 lbs after a conversation with a box of Timbits (Tim Horton doughnut holes). I’ve included the article because she has opened my eyes and ears to a new tactic. What of we could negotiate a few things with our food?

Me: Hey, Chips!
Chips: What?
Me: Why are you calling me?
Chips: We’re not calling you, you’re just dreaming it, right guys?
Me: I’m sure I heard something and I thought it was you.
Chips: We think you’re just obsessed with us.
Me: Obsessed with potatoes, fat and salt?
Chips: Yes! You’re stalking us!
Me: OK, maybe. I have a craving.
Chips: We like it when you have cravings. Every morsel loves to wanted. Give in to it…you know you want to.
Me: Hmmm. I’m not so sure, now. Who’s in charge here?
Chips: Us. Oops! You, of course. You can have a good time with us and that new garlic yoghurt dip – a party in your mouth!!
Me: Yeah. That sounds really good. I love that dip and it’s made with yoghurt so it would be good for me, right.
Chips: Do it! Do it! Do it! Do it! Do it! Do it!
Me: OK, OK. I’ll have the dip but..
Chips: But what?
Me: I’ve got some of those mini carrots in the fridge and they would make the dip taste even better.
Carrots: Eat us, we’re good for you. What vitamins do chips have? NONE!!!!!
Chips: Wait, we can have vitamins – it’ll be anew marketing tool. Right guys? (Chorus of desperate “yeah”s)
Carrots: We’re here for you, Diane! Enjoy us and we’ll make you feel full and righteous! We promise!
Me: Sounds fantastic. I’ll have you, carrots. The chips are probably stale anyways!

Now if I could persuade my food to have no calories, I’ll be in Nirvana!

Thanks for listening. ;D Diane

Times-Colonist April 19, 2012 article:

Losing nearly 100 pounds was about health, not vanity

Some time self talk just doesn’t work. So maybe you need to talk to your food. For Debbie Stirling, the first breakthrough in losing nearly 100 pounds was a 15-minute conversation with a box of Timbits.

ADRIAN LAM, TIMES COLONIST At-home challenge participant Debbie Sterling has developed a new relationship with physical activity and food.

Stirling said she came home from a bad day at work and there, on the kitchen counter, was an open box of Timbits, 10 donut holes, still fresh, purchased only a few hours earlier.

It was in the spring of 2011 and the first Health Club Challenge was nearing its end. It also includes the At Home Challenge in which readers can follow on their own the fitness and diet tips in the pages of the newspaper and qualify for prizes,

Stirling had signed on as an At-home Challenge participant, fell off the wagon several times and ended up three pounds heavier.

But that talk with the Timbits was a pivotal moment.

“Why do I want to eat you?” she asked. “I want to eat you because I’ve had a really bad day and you’re going to taste good for a moment.”

Stirling told the Timbits the sugar they contained was not good for her, and the pleasure would be fleeting. “But I really want to eat you,” she said.

“If anybody had walked by my window, they would have collapsed laughing or they would have had me committed,” said the 37-year-old Saanich woman.

Finally, she swept the Timbits off the counter and into the garbage. “That moment, I knew things were going to change.”

~ by 1fatgirlshrinking - Diane Kirby on April 20, 2012.

6 Responses to “Negotiating With Your Food”

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  3. Hi Diane! This is Debbie Stirling. My son just came across your blog and I had no idea that you had posted this. I think I just about died laughing so hard. What a great spin on things. It’s true. I did have a conversation with those Timbits. I must admit even now, almost a year later I still have daily conversations with my food, albeit in my head. I have worked on developing a healthy relationship with my eating habits.
    I have to date lost 150 lbs and am continuing to slowly lose more. I have changed so much in my life. Thank you so much for passing this on and please don’t hesitate to ever share with anyone. I’m passing along a link as well to a video that my bootcamp just made recently to surprise me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB2DT94-W6M Thanks again!

    • You are an inspiration, Debbie! I love the video and the story! I will be sharing it in my blog. I’ve been blogging about my weight loss or lack of it for just over two years now and it helps me and I hope it helps others, too.
      Thank you so much!

  4. Thank you so much Diane! Your words do nothing but encourage me further. Please, feel free to contact me anytime. I’d be more than happy to share anything I’ve learned or answer any questions. Take care and all the best in your journey!

  5. Thanks, Debbie. I’l keep passing the good word on!

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