A snack idea for impuslive eating

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 9/22/2007 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been hit with some sad news and have some things to come to terms with in my life. My first reaction of course, was to eat! My body may be healing but my brain is still broken! Anyway, I found myself trying to find the least damaging food in the house and found a bag of peanuts in the shell, unsalted.

I sat down with them in a large bowl and set out a small bowl for the shells. It was very satisfying to sort thru the nuts, choose one, crack it and pick out the peanuts and eat them one at a time. Then, as my small bowl of peanut shells filled I did a mental check on myself and realized that it was time to end the snack because I had eaten all I needed. The shells were kind of a visual addition to the whole experience, satisfying in a way, like the smoke from my cigarette used to feel when I was smoking.

I don't know if this will help anyone but it really helped me today. Peanuts have good fats, some protein and some carbs and I know that there are many snacks out there I could eat that could be much worse for me. So, next time you're at the store and see unsalted peanuts in the shell, buy a bag. They are emotionally, texturally, and physically satisfying to munch on, not to mention the fact that they kind of make a bit of a mess which gives a little clean-up ceremony to the whole snack experience! tongue
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class! Yours may be one of them...
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"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Post Edited (Jeannie143) : 9/25/2007 9:02:16 AM (GMT-6)


LanieG
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   Posted 9/22/2007 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie, sorry about your sad news.  Your peanut shelling just confirms that eating has many varied effects and comforts for us, not just taste or satisfaction of hunger.  All the senses are involved and sometimes the longer the process, the more time we have to reflect on other aspects of life not just what we're putting in our mouth.  I think it's the same as gardening.  It's more than planting the flower or weeding that gets done, but the process gives us time to sort many things out in our mind not even related to the garden.  I think you hit on something that's missing today: the process.  So many foods are already prepared, so "cooking" has become a matter of microwaving.  No thinking involved.  No social interaction involved.  (like when I was growing up and we all had to wash and dry the dishes by hand!  Lots of talking went on during that exercise, not to mention towel whacking....)  I think shelling those nuts was cathartic and I hope it helped you feel better.  :) 

Lanie
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"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds


Jeannie143
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   Posted 9/22/2007 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
OMGosh! I could go do some light gardening, too! Thanks Lanie... I wasn't thinking but that would have been a good thing to do, also. Heaven knows the garden can always use a hand... and it would have gotten me out in the sunshine. Think I'll go do that right now.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class! Yours may be one of them...
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"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Jeannie143
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   Posted 9/25/2007 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, one good thing about eating peanuts... especially without salt... you can get sick of them! Going to hit the farmer's market today and see what I can find for cheap that's nutritious. Need to make some grilled veggies this week while the nice weather still holds. TTFN.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class! Yours may be one of them...
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"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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