The Power of Suggestion

September 6, 2007 · 4 comments

One of the first things I did when I started this new weight loss program at the beginning of August was to look at my habitual eating at places like Subway, McDonald’s and Bruegger’s and work to scale back on what had become routine meals.  Two sandwiches became one, an ice cream cone for dessert became a stick of gum, etc.  Yes, eventually I’ll probably cut back entirely and eat even healthier, but this has been a big first step.

I eat at Bruegger’s for lunch a couple of times a week and I have worked very diligently to reduce my normal lunch down to one salt bagel with cream cheese and a cup of soup.  This is now my new standard.  And I leave feeling satisfied.

Yesterday I ordered my normal meal (which also includes a Diet Coke) and when I was checking out the cashier pointed me to the condiment table and said, “you can get your saltines over there.”  This is also where you get your napkins, spoons and straws, so I am very familiar with this area.  And never once have I added a saltine cracker to my meal.

Until yesterday.

I sat down to eat and read the paper when I noticed I had something new on my tray.  2 packages of saltine crackers!  How strange.  Well, when one is presented with saltine crackers one must eat them I guess.  It was only after I had eaten both packages and was staring at the wrappers that I realized I had added some food to the program I had been working hard to whittle down.

All because of one simple comment.

That is the power of suggestion.  By recognizing what happened I have confidence that these crackers will not become part of my new meal plan, but without being diligent they could easily become so.

Hence this blog becomes my weapon against the power of suggestion.

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john September 6, 2007 at 6:41 am

Thanks for adding me to your blog roll. I will be sure to do the same.

kathyj333 September 6, 2007 at 7:46 am

I think that it’s great that you’re tuning into what once would’ve been mindless eating. At least you are becoming aware of what you’re eating.

john September 6, 2007 at 8:00 am

Great point Kathy, I think mindless eating is a big problem whether it’s something minimal like a couple of packages of saltine crackers or something like eating a whole of bag of oreos in one sitting before you know it. Diligence is needed at all times.

Rachel B. September 6, 2007 at 2:02 pm

absolutely. The saltines are the tip of the iceberg. Somehow mentally they just don’t count. We certainly need to be more mindful of what goes in our mouths.
Great point!

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