So, I have a cherished friend named, Jeannette. (You may or may not have seen her photo on Facebook so here she is). As you can see, Jeannette is way skinny and gorgeous, right. I, on the other hand, struggle with the old “w” word (weight). Now, a couple of years ago I began to notice something…every time I was over at Jeannette’s house and the evening rolled around to find us both sitting at her kitchen table chatting (one of my favorite pastimes, by the way), Jeannette always, always says, “Hey…do you want some candy?” Not wanting to be rude, of course, I always say, “Sure!” Each and every time this happens, Jeannette the proceeds to pull a giant bag of candy out of her cupboard (usually one of those mixed candy bags that has like mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, bite-sized Snickers, etc. in it). She then tears the giant bag of candy open, plops it down in the center of the table, sits down across from me and we each choose a piece.
Now here’s where it gets interesting. Jeannette will eat her one bite-sized snickers or her one mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cup, then as we sit at the table for several hour, she’ll watch me eat piece after piece and never, ever eat another one herself! One night a few years ago, I realized something about this little routine. It was like a light went on in my dark brain! I think watching me eat candy satisfies Jeannette’s need to eat it somehow.
Upon the sudden realization of this I exclaimed, “Hey! I know what you’re doing! You get your jollies out of watching ME eat the candy and get fatter…that way YOU don’t eat it and gain any weight!”
Jeannette laughed and denied everything. But here’s the deal…I think she really does do that…only it’s subconscious and not intentional. I’m serious! She would never sabotage me that way…but I do think she gets some weird sort of satisfaction out of watching me eat candy that helps her not to eat it. So guess what? I tried it myself!
The other night when Kevin’s parents, sister, niece, nephew and brother were over…as it started to get late and Kevin and I hadn’t had dinner yet…I started to get really really snacky feeling. BUT I am trying to eat better and cut out things like super cheesy Twirly Cheetos, peanut butter and milk chocolate chips, BBQ Pringles, etc. So here’s what I did…as part of my ‘eating better’ goal, I’ve gut out cheeses. So I had all this delicious deli cheese in my fridge that I thought I should maybe give to my mother-in-law and father-in-law to take home and use.
Well, when I got the cheese out of the fridge, I noticed everyone wanted to taste the different kinds. There was a package of pepperjack, some provolone and some white cheddar with horseradish (mmmm!). But when everyone started sampling cheeses…well guess what…I sort of felt satisfied by their enjoyment of it and wasn’t as tempted as I had been when I was simply thinking about snacking.
I then went to the fridge and pulled out a new back of “Jesse Bryant’s” Raspberry Almonds. I wanted my sister-in-law to try them and then found out that my nephew is a nut fan as well, so I opened the bag and watched as everybody went crazy over the raspberry almonds! It helped! I’m not kidding! Watching everyone enjoy some of my favorite snacks really did give me some much needed satisfaction where the munching problem was concerned! It’s a miracle!
Furthermore, I find that I can enjoy baking again! All I do is bake a big old batch of cookies, brownies, etc. and then give them to my kids or take them to people as a random “cheer up” thingy! It’s amazing! Can you believe it?
Well, there is still one problem…and that is that all day long I’ve been thinking about nothing but my favorite store-bought cookies! Mmmmm! Here they are in order of favoritism:
1. Keeblers’ Fudge Stripe Cookies (I’m salivating over here!)
2. Nabisco’s Traditional Chips Ahoy (Aye Yi Yi!)
3. Keebler’s Sandies Pecan Shortbread (OUCH!!)
4. Nabicso’s Nutter Butter Bites (Gulp! Delicious!)
5. Nabisco’s Double Stuff Oreos (Help Me! I’m Melting!)
AND…a couple of rather seasonal favorites are:
6. Royal Dansk Danish Butter Cookies (Hallelujah!)
7. Girl Scout Thin Mints (Naturally!)
So, now that I’ve already explained my theory of enjoying junk food through feeding it to others, today’s ridiculously Marcia-style contest is this…leave a comment (or email me) listing your favorite store-bought cookies and you’ll automatically be entered to win a care package stuffed with as many kinds of MY favorite store-bought cookies as I can find this time of year! (I’m really only worried about the Girl Scout Thin Mints.)! Okay? Yep! An entire box of cookies to share with others or sit down and eat yourself sick on! What do you say? I would LOVE to get a box of cookies in the mail! It’s so…sort of something your grandma or favorite auntie would do back in the day, right?
Now, there’s one other item to address today…the winner of Jesse Bryant’s Raspberry Almonds! I just picked a random entry and it is….Debbie Budge! E-mail your address to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, Debbie and I’ll get your almonds in the mail! I LOVE edible contest prized! Bwah ha ha ha ha!