“I’ll just have one.”
“It’ll be different this time.”
“I’ll binge tonight—then go back to eating healthy tomorrow.”
“I’m buying these cookies…for my boyfriend.”
Any of these sound familiar? Here’s another, from a comment HealthyGirl.org reader Heather (her comment inspired this whole post):
I tell myself I am going to run out and get a coffee, knowing that I will pick up a dozen donuts at the same time, and when I do that, I will tell myself that they will last me all week…even though I am fully aware that I am going to eat them all that night.”
Why do we lie to ourselves? So that we can keep eating! We’re smart women. We know what misusing food does to our brains and bodies. The logical part of us doesn’t want us to continue to do it. So the part of us that still needs the food to help us face things tells us a little white lie that will lead us to the food.
More often than not these days, I’m able to recognize those lies and correct my thinking before I act on them—but not always. What about you?