The “Deer-In-The-Refrigerator” Look


You’ve heard of the deer-in-the-headlights look. The blank stare like they have no idea what’s about to hit them.

That’s me, in my kitchen, staring into the refrigerator. I get up to get a pen and a piece of paper and wind up staring in the fridge. Really, I need some serious reprogramming!

Most of the time I don’t even realize I’m doing it, but this morning I did. I ate breakfast an hour ago. It was just a bowl of Cherrios with almond milk, so maybe I’m still hungry. But I have to teach myself that I can’t eat just because I feel like it. Or just because there’s a Pannetone Bread on the counter. (I am really feeling that a piece of that would be wonderful right now.) But it’s not time to eat!

So I’m sitting here writing about it, hoping that journaling brings to light the automatic ways I have of putting food in my mouth without even thinking much about it.

If you’ve ever had this deer-in-the-refrigerator experience, you know what I mean. I don’t think there’s a cure, but maybe just an awareness of what’s going on will help us get on the right track. Becoming aware of our habits is one step closer to overcoming them and helping us lose weight.

And if we’re genuinely hungry, then maybe it’s time to eat a little something. I ended up being content with a cup of herbal tea. Later I’ll look in the fridge at noon, like a normal person who’s planning on eating a healthy lunch. Just as a civilized person and not a wild animal would do.




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