Food & Eternal Sunshine Of the Spotless Mind

eternal-sunshine-of-the-spotless-mindOne of my all time favorite movies is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. In case you’ve never heard of it, here’s a brief description:

A man, Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend Clementine underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same.

How does this relate to your food and diet? Well the movie doesn’t per say, but I got to thinking the other day about why we crave certain foods (all the unhealthy/tasty treats) and what we go through when we are trying to cleanse or detox. The reason I was thinking about this particular subject is because a friend of mine was recently telling me about these very popular rice pudding cakes offered by “From Rice to Riches” in NYC. Apparently, these rice pudding cakes are a decadent treat and I was being lauded into just trying it once as “it couldn’t hurt”.

Now, I am pretty strict on my diet. I have cut out grains and try to limit my sweets to a bare minimum because I simply prefer the way my body looks when I don’t. Plus, I eat such nutrient dense and non-calorie dense foods that I am able to eat a lot and eat well. Thus, I don’t find myself hungry or wanting for good, yummy food!

However, every now and then I encounter occasions where I loosen my belt on my diet. I should say that I always prepare for those occasions accordingly and I go into minute detail in “The Thigh Gap Hack” about how you can indulge in a food or dessert once in a while without totally killing your progress.

But that day when my friend was trying to convince me to try these rice pudding cakes, which the owners notoriously tout as being for those who have no “self control” and don’t really care about being skinny (seriously, they have signs all over their store basically ridiculing thin people who care enough about watching what they eat) I started to think about times in the past when I have tasted something so good and then had to exercise will power to silence the thoughts of getting more.

That’s what brought me to “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”. I began to wonder if it might be better not to taste these supposedly delicious rice cakes at all. You can’t really crave something you have never tasted, right? I mean, think about it. If you could “erase” the memories you had of all the ice cream, cakes, cookies, etc. that you’ve ever tried you wouldn’t think that you were depriving or missing out on much.

So, that leads me to my question of the day (and it’s the same question everyone asks their significant other or themselves after seeing this movie)…

If you could, would you erase the memories you had of your most favorite, unhealthy foods? Do you think abstaining from tasting yummy foods moving forward (yes, even a small bite or serving) would assist in your healthy diet/lifestyle journey?


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