On the excellent website Refuse to Regain Dr Barbara Berkeley and Lynn Haraldson-Bering have written a couple of articles about this ‘stimulus narrowing’ that are very interesting to me. This is what Dr. Barbara says about it: “… I’ve learned during five years of maintenance: the less involvement I have with food the better. Science has a name for this approach. It’s called “stimulus narrowing.” Many researchers have noted that too much choice and exposure is overstimulating and can even cause us to become anxious.”
I have been thinking about the stimulus narrowing since Barbara wrote about it also. Well, actually I think about it a lot, but I didn’t know it had a name. And also I thought I was kind of defective because I had to do this in order to lose or even maintain weight. So I was really glad to read that it was a bona fide technique that real normal people use. For me, the main thing I have to avoid now is eating out in restaurants too often. I know there are healthy choices, but when I get there, that is not what I want. So I just don’t go out to eat that often. I know that I can have so much more food (I won’t be hungry) by cooking the foods I love that are low fat at home. One good thing that has happened is that I don’t even think about going to fast food restaurants any more, and I used to go there several times a week!
At home, I keep a lot of food, and even some foods that would be considered ‘junk food.’ But it seems as long as they are in the cupboard or the freezer, I can control myself. I do think that keeping too much food around, even the good kind, kind of puts a pressure on me to eat more than I need to. Like when I go and buy so much fruit that I have to eat 5 or 6 servings in one day just so it won’t go bad. That is self-defeating and something I am working on now. Just keeping less food in my house. There is only one of me, and if I run out, disaster will not strike. The closest store is actually within walking distance (4 miles) in case I run out of gas and food at the same time–haha!
Since I mentioned eating out, and how I am still attracted to the wrong foods in the restaurants, I am going to try to add a long article that a friend sent me on ‘The 20 Worst Foods in America.” This kind of information is really good for me to look at once in a while, because even though I know it in my brain, seeing it somehow reinforces it for me and then I don’t want to eat those things so much! top_20_worst_foe280a6america11 Okay, this looks weird, because I guess I didn’t type a title or something, but if you click on it you should get to this list (it has pictures of food, people!)