I know I’m not the only one of my friends who struggles with food. And I also know I’m not the only one who struggles with money.
Did you know the two are linked?
Seriously. I thought this was pretty rockin’. Geneen Roth, who has written several bestselling books about food and weight control was on one of my favorite radio programs, Marketplace Money a few weeks ago. If you haven’t heard about how money and food are linked, you really should listen to her interview here.
As I listened to her talk about this, I initially thought it was a little far fetched. I don’t respect food nearly as much as I respect money, which is why I had been at an unhealthy weight for most of my life. I started to think about how I closely monitor every dollar I spent opposed to how I would throw anything into my mouth. Then I started to think a little more. About how I got to a point where I was closely examining every thing that went into my mouth. And how I had such mixed feelings about food and money. I needed both. I wanted both. I had a hard time controlling my spending in both areas. Bingeing on cake as easily as I would binge on new shoes. Or even worse, I would do both at the same time. I would spend a ton of money eating out and then make unwise choices while I was doing that. I watched my checking account decrease and my weight increase. This was especially true in college when eating out what such a comfort while life back with the parents was awful and I had the worst kind of homesickness.
So the 2x rule I talked about yesterday is all about thinking before you act. How will this affect me if I actually purchased this? Is this an emotional purchase or a necessary purchase or a purchase to give comfort?
Now I apply something similar to my food. How will I feel if I were to eat this? What makes me feel best when I eat it? A bowl of cookies is always nice (the remains of one are sitting next to me), but a bowl of grapes makes me feel even better. Now having eaten the bowl of cookies, I’m sleepy and full and feel a little queasy. I sort of feel the same way after I make a large purchase that was purely emotionally driven.
It’s called buyer’s remorse and I believe that it can also apply to our food choices only I think we’d call it binger’s remorse. Except with binger’s remorse we can’t take it back to the store and get our money back. Here it’s a little trickier and more taxing to reverse the damage.
Can’t wait for my run this afternoon to undo the cookies. Got a date with a friend tonight so I can eat good healthy Greek food! Yum!