I just want to write a quick post on something I’ve been doing lately… I’ve been literally “chewing” my “bad thoughts” away… I basically got “sugar free” chewing gum and I keep it IN THE PANTRY so I can get a piece of gum while I cook and/or while I feed my girlies 😉 .
I find out that I still get anxious sometimes when I am cooking and many times I’ve realized (too late) that I kept putting things in my mouth in the process of cooking or feeding someone… it felt bad because THOSE ARE ALL CALORIES! Yes, that string of cheese that your baby didn’t eat and that you ended up eating so quickly … those are calories! and “the fat in it” COUNTS … so … I’ve always hated chewing gum but I knew I NEEDED to do something about my WORSE-than-chewing-gum-habit of eating when I shouldn’t … and that’s when I bought my “sugar free” chewing gum, and there are so many good options out there! with only 5 calories per gum I get to taste something sweet that brings my “anxiety down” and also makes me very aware of the fact that I CAN’T JUST throw anything into my mouth while chewing! (that would be gross! LOL!) PLUS… (yes there is more) did you know that chewing gum fools the mind into thinking you are eating. It enhances the digestive process and raises your metabolism. There is also some “calorie burning” involved but not very high of course and since I am not an “avid gum chewer” it doesn’t make much of a difference for me but as far as I know chewing gum burns about 11 calories per hour. If you chew gum for 12 hours a day (ok… I would never be able to do this!!!), you’ll chew through 132 calories (no wonder goats keep their figure). If you weigh 150 pounds, you’d have to walk for 35 minutes at 3 miles per hour to burn that same number of calories.
Interesting, huh? so … chew away those bad thoughts of eating something you shouldn’t! If you are like me, finding it hard to not “snack” while you are cooking, trust me, this helps! It sure is helping me.
The Thin Lady Inside