Football Losses, Eating, and Looking Ahead
This week, a lot of attention has been paid to the study that found football fans eat significantly more fats the day after a team loss and significantly fewer fats the day after a team win. The more you identify with the team, the greater your swings of food choices.
Its a great study but it got press because it is about football fans. Let’s take it a step further. The bad eating pattern goes something like this: We LOST > I feel bad > I want to feel better now > I eat fatty foods. I could substitute: We BROKE UP > I feel bad > on and on… Or, I was passed over for a promotion that I wanted > I feel bad > bring on the fatty foods.
The important points
1. I feel especially bad because the event means a lot to me (team loss, love loss, job loss).
2. I want relief now.
When we are able to think ahead, i.e. the team has another season, I will find love, I will get the next promotion, it helps to avoid bad behaviors. Or, if thinking ahead is not happening, think to the side, i.e. I will follow volleyball, I will take some time to play piano (fill in an interest), or I will take a course in a new field. So, think ahead, or think to the side to get yourself out of the crappy present moment.