Everything on the snack aisle has been engineered by food scientists to make you lose control of your freaking mind. It’s more than that the snacks taste good. It’s that they have a witch’s brew of sweet and salty and crunchy that pulls every evolutionary trigger at once so you practically want to mate with pretzel M&M’s.
They are domino foods. If you have one, you end up falling flat on your face and ruining something that took a long time to make, like your health.
Peanut butter is a domino food for me. There’s no middle ground between having a bite and scooping it out of the jar with my hands until someone sees me and I am shamed back to reality. So I stopped buying it and started buying just peanuts instead, roasted and unsalted. But I found the problem was similar. I’d end up with the container in my bed and wonder where the last five hours went.
So I stopped buying those and started buying raw, unsalted almonds. They are the least appealing snack and have absolutely no binge value. After I finish eating a handful, no part of me is like, yeah! let’s go back for more. I’m like, well that was food. Now I don’t want to eat anymore.
But on the bag, it says, “Irresistible snacking!” And I’m just like—no. You’re doing your marketing wrong. Instead of that angle, you should write on it: “You will not feel like a fat ass for buying these. These will cause no shameful behavior. They are produced by trees and then put into bags. Enjoy eating moderate amounts because you won’t want more than that.”
That’s my kind of snack.
But it’s on you to not buy the foods that make you go crazy. You’re not a weak person but you should make it easier for you to be strong.
For me, this means I avoid foods that are: crunchy, salty, and sweet. That’s how I stay sane.