Writer’s Journal: Snacking while you write

Welcome back to Austen Promises and the Writer’s Journal!

I need to warn you that this is one of those posts I have mentioned before where I discuss my faith.


I have a serious conundrum.

I love to eat. If you’ve ever seen a picture of me, this quickly becomes pretty obvious to you. And, I love to eat sweet things. I have an intense dislike for salty and plain, but I adore sweet.

I have worked hard to move away from sweet snacks. It’s been very hard. VERY. HARD. I have managed to substitute things like nuts for cookies and popcorn – light, because I don’t like greasy, either – for Hershey’s syrup. I’ve been known to swig that stuff right out of the bottle, you know. Often, I have run out of snacky things and had to pray my way through an evening or walk to the store a quarter mile or so away and grab something.

Now for my conundrum. I have discovered that if a snacky food is here, and I have it in my office (for convenience’ sake, of course), I will end up eating that snack food mindlessly. Not popcorn so much, as even light popcorn is greasy and I don’t want my keyboard and mouse getting that way. It’s the stuff like peanuts and walnuts and almonds that I end up stuffing in my mouth without thought. I console myself with the thought that it’s at least healthy stuff, even if I am consuming too much of it at one time.

The jar of nuts I consumed in 3 days this past week.

I have done the same with sweet snacks, so it’s not really new behavior. And, I’m not even sure why I do it. There are times when I write all day with nary a snack in sight. However, once there is one within arms’ reach, it’s inhaled quickly.

I’m the same way with pop, by the way. Sigh.

So, what am I going to do about this? I’m not sure, to be honest. I can limit the snack items I keep in the office. I can also eat while I’m up stretching. That would help me remember to get up and stretch. LOL I could certainly attempt to stop snacking. That might even be the best idea.

You might be wondering why I’m even concerned about snacking like I am. The reason is that I’d like to at least not gain more weight. I’m not sure I’m capable of losing anymore, but as long as I don’t gain, I’ll be happy. Snacking handful after handful of nuts or whatever I have is not going to help me maintain my current weight.

So, do other writers snack while they write? Do any of you readers to the same while you read?


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