Monday, May 10, 2010

It's Calling to Me...

Food. It's calling to me.

I'm having one of those days where, no matter what I do, all I want to do is eat. I want to eat anything I can get my hands on. I had my typical banana and granola bar for breakfast. Last week, that breakfast satisfied me to the point where I almost forgot to eat lunch at the usual time. Today, not so much. I thought about going out for a bagel or a breakfast sandwich or something similarly delectable. Instead, I chose to sit at my desk and work... while munching on handful after handful of peanut M&M's.


This is bad. I shouldn't be eating candy in the morning. I really shouldn't be eating candy much at all. I especially shouldn't be eating chocolate.

Watch out, this part is depressing:

I think I need to stop eating chocolate entirely. I'm taking a daily prescription medication for chronic heartburn/acid reflux. Even on this medication, I still have days where I get wicked heartburn (that's "wicked" in a bad way, not a good way, folks). I realized over the weekend that this supplemental heartburn only happens after I eat chocolate.

Yes. Chocolate is giving me heartburn. For all I know, it's also giving me headaches and back pain and pimples and weight gain.

Egad. I was trying to be sarcastic there, but with the exception of back pain, chocolate could very well be giving me all those things.

I want to eat the rest of that candy bowl. All those delicious little M&M's...

But instead, I'm going to try NOT eating chocolate. Any of it. Except for the little chocolate chunks in my granola bars. I think that tiny amount won't hurt me. I hope. Next time, I'll buy the bars without chocolate. Then we'll know for sure.

I don't want to do it, but at the same time, my curiosity is telling me that I have to do it. I need to find out if cutting out the chocolate solves some of my issues. If this fix doesn't work, I can always start eating chocolate again.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?


  1. I think everyone has a "trigger" food... for some it's chocolate, for some, it's starches like potato chips. They CANNOT eat just one, no matter what. Sometimes, when that's the case, if you want to succeed you have to give it up - because even one nibble will send you into a downward spiral. My problem? I have many trigger foods. :) In fact, I fear it might be sugar in general. Which would suck indeed. -M

  2. Oh yeah, salty snacks like potato chips get me every time. I try to go for the popcorn when I get in one of those moods... it's better than the alternative most of the time. I also have many triggers.

  3. I have a friend who can't eat chocolate because it gives her terrible headaches and migraines!! I would definitely check into that.

  4. I hate those days (weeks? months?) I would try cutting out chocolate and see if it helps. For what it is worth I also had horrible heartburn from one bp med I was on once.

  5. Huh, I never thought to try to see if it's a reaction to medication. But I've been having heartburn issues for a long time, and it always seems to come back with a vengeance when I stop paying attention to what I'm eating!

    So far, this week I've only had the chocolate in my granola bars. My heartburn has been minimal - just the occasional flare-up here and there, but not enough to go running to the Tums bottle. It always disappears quickly. I think this might be a sign.