You know those moments when you’re not even hungry but you’re face-to-face with something delicious — say, the thickest, most dense brownie in the world?
And even though you know in your soul that you don’t truly want this food…you really, really want this food?
I have those moments all the time.
And while there’s nothing wrong with choosing to eat even though you’re not hungry, sometimes you’d just prefer not to eat but it’s really, really hard to resist.
So I wanted to share something that I say to myself at least a couple of times a week — because, yes, even though I run a company that helps people learn to eat intuitively and without dieting, I find myself in those moments at least that often.
Here it is: You can eat it the next time you are hungry.
That’s it. It’s that simple.
Of course, I usually give myself a bit of a pep talk: Oh, Katie, I know that you really want to finish this bag of lime-infused tortilla chips. And, of course, you can have it now. But I think we both know that you won’t feel good if you have it right now, so why don’t you just save it for later? I promise you can have it the absolute next time you are hungry. I promise, promise, promise.
And I keep that promise. The very next time I’m hungry, whether it’s for a snack or breakfast or lunch or dinner, I’ll ask myself what I want and eat it. Sometimes I want what I saved for myself, and sometimes I don’t — but I always give myself the option.
Knowing that I can have it later, and that I’ll make good on my promise to myself, makes it possible for me to put down the brownie when I otherwise wouldn’t be able to.
So I wanted to share it with you, this little phrase that’s always in my back pocket: “You can have it the very next time you’re hungry.”
Your challenge for this week is to write “You can have it the very next time you’re hungry” on a Post-it note, and keep it somewhere where you often find yourself over-eating — maybe next to your cookie cabinet, or freezer, or just near your table. Try to say it to yourself once this week, and notice how it feels.
And I’d love to hear how it goes in the comments!
Katie is the founder of the Dessert Club, which runs 8-week courses on how to stop dieting, enjoy food more, and live a meaningful, contented life with your fabulous, imperfect body.
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