I don't know why I ate that much food.

People call me the Poo Whisperer. So, of course, I’d find this video absolutely hysterical.

[If you can’t spare the 75-seconds to watch, it’s a 3-year old very concerned about his poop after what sounds like one helluva binge. I was totally in tears by “more chocolate thingies.” My husband lost it at “pickle chips.”]

What struck me is how this 3-year old kiddo declares, “I will not eat that much food again.” While I’d love for this kid to keep that promise to himself, I’m calling bullsh*t. Because the reality is people overeat all the time. Emotionally, we confuse filling our bellies with a need to be stimulated or feed some quasi-conscious “hunger.” When’s the last time you destroyed an entire bag of chips or a row of Girl Scout cookies after a stressful day? 

We’re also a culture where “doing lunch” and “meeting for dinner” are synonymous with “getting together to talk.” Do we really need distracted eating to talk to someone as often as we do? However, that’s low on the priority list for me. Consider for a moment the feeding frenzy that exists from Halloween through New Year’s Day. We're knee-deep in it right now. With the current diabesity epidemic, it’s only a matter of time before we find a reason to binge on Arbor Day. La buche d’Arbor Day, anyone?

Yet, the cycle happens over and over. Here’s the thing - you aren’t some dim-witted, fatally-flawed weakling devoid of willpower. Unbuckle your yo-yo diet seatbelt, my friend, because you already have one of the cheapest, most powerful weapons in your possession: Awareness. Our wise, 3-year old friend admitted the cause of his digestive unrest and strain on the family plumbing system: “I don’t even know why I ate that much food.” 

That kiddo’s frontal lobe probably isn’t developed enough to tackle impulse control or motivation yet, but I bet your brain is. The next time you want to pour potato chip crumbs into your mouth or practically make out with the box of chocolates, I want you to go all curious 3-year old on yourself:

  1. Stop.
  2. Take at least 2 breaths to steady yourself.
  3. Ask yourself: Why do I want to eat this ___ right now?
  4. In true toddler-mode, follow-up the answer with another round of “Why?” 
  5. Three times is a charm, so ask yourself why one more time. 

You might just be surprised by what you’re really craving. 

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