… ask yourself: what am I trying to avoid? What am I scared of? sad about?

I’m not talking about the occasional treat. I’m talking about the call of the food — that crazy craving when nothing but a cookie (or pizza, or ice cream, or Chinese buffet) will satisfy you. That’s not hunger talking. That’s not even about willpower.

That craving erupts because you’re trying to avoid something. Maybe it’s boredom with your life. Maybe it’s relationship issues. Maybe you’re sad or worried about something, but you don’t want to think about it. The truth is, even if you don’t think you’re avoiding something, you *know* somewhere that you are, in fact, not wanting to deal with something in your life. You’re just not willing to acknowledge it.

Be brave. Put down the cookie, and do something quiet for a while — go for a walk, make the bed, sit on the porch. Just get quiet and when you figure out what you’re trying not to admit to yourself, you won’t need the food distraction.

You’ve got this handled. Don’t worry. You already know the answer, and you won’t find it at the bottom of a pint of ice cream.