Food Matrix of Pleasure/Comfort Foods
Physically & Emotionally
|Food made with sugar and/or chocolate such as:||Salty fried foods:|
|Bakery goods||Potato chips|
|Ice cream||French fries|
|Salty fatty foods:|
|Nuts and nut butters|
|Fatty starchy foods:|
Day 2 – List your comfort foods(Five Minutes)
1. Using the Food Matrix of Pleasure/Comfort Foods
above, identify your pleasure or comfort foods.
2. Ask yourself the three questions about them.
3. List your comfort foods in the space below:
4. Appreciate yourself for completing this exercise.
Although you probably already have a good idea what foods
are emotionally or physically tied in, it’s helpful to clearly
identify them for yourself. Begin by asking yourself the
following questions, filling in the blanks with “celery”:
- Does the prospect of eating ______ make you
giddy and excited?
- Do you have a hard time limiting how much you
eat of _____? Can you easily eat just one bite and
- Does eating ______ or having it around make
you feel powerless and out of control?
Did you answer “yes” to any of the questions? That’s hard
to imagine because people generally don’t get addicted to
celery, carrots, Brussels sprouts, or spinach; they get addicted
to junk. Although everyone has particular food fetishes, most
tend to fall into the “junk” category, rather than the “food”
When a food is emotionally or physically tied in, you crave
it and feel giddy and excited around it. Sometimes you
experience powerful urges, a frenzied compulsion to find and
eat it, not five minutes from now but right now! Your addictive
foods are the ones that you look forward to eating and often eat
past satiety because you enjoy the taste. They’re also the foods
you turn to when you’re looking for comfort, a treat, or an
escape from uncomfortable feelings.
Rarely able to eat just one bite, you feel impotent and weak
willed around them. Stressful thoughts about your relationship
to addictive foods undermine your self-esteem and cause even
more destruction by triggering your conditioned pattern of
eating them when you’re upset.
My answers in the comment section.