You may be having a craving for some food that’s got you all twisted up in knots. Here’s a way for you to make sense of it and neutralize the insanity you feel around that food. It’s an experiment that I created years ago that I was reminded of recently during a trip to the grocery to get some cough drops. I used Swedish fish because that was my crave at the time, but you can use whatever food you like. Give it a go and let me know.

Recently I was driving to my local Pathmark® with my almost 18 year old daughter, Cara. All caught up in my excitement, I was waving my hands in the air, taking them both off the steering wheel momentarily as I was telling her all about an idea of mine, chattering away a mile a minute.

In between my exclamations of “it’s going to be so fabulous”and “I can’t wait,” I realized that the slight tickle I had in my throat when we left the house had now progressed to a full scale hack. Trying to ignore the fact that I was interruping my own flow, I continued to sputter on.

Cara shot me a look of ‘Disapproving Daughter’ over my hysterically flying hands only a teenage girl could pull off. Then she cut me off saying “Mom, as long as we’re at the store, let’s get you some cough drops to keep in the car.

As we were discussing which of the horrible tasting drops were the least terrible, my thoughts fell upon a special childhood memory of mine. On summer weekends, I would stay at my grammie and grandpa’s house in River Edge, New Jersey.

I spent a lot of time enjoying the comfort and peace of being in grammie and grandpa’s bedroom. Whenever I stayed over, I’d stake out my favorite spot and sit down on the green carpeted floor next to their bed and read my Nancy Drew Mystery novels as I listened to the sound of the birds chirping outside. I used to love those special times.

And on grammie’s night table she always kept a supply of Luden’s cherry cough drops. I loved, loved, loved everything about them–the pretty white box with the bright red printing on it, the oval shape of the drops, the way they felt in my mouth, how they tasted and how whenever I ate them, they just made me feel so loved.

In fact, I remember times when I pretended to have a cough just so that I could enjoy them. So you can imagine that when push came to shove to relieving the irritation in my throat yesterday, I chose my old favorite grammie drops.

And it was that choice that reminded me of a fun experiment I did when I was first learning how to eat to satisfy my hunger. I wanted to
figure out why I had such a mad craving for Swedish Fish. When I got to the
bottom of it, I realized it was my way of recreating those special times with
Grammie and Grandpa.

You may be having a craving for some food that’s got you all twisted up in knots. Here’s a way for you to make sense of it and neutralize the insanity you feel around that food. It’s an experiment that I created. Here’s the link to the original blog post written way back then. Enjoy!

The Great American Swedish Fish Suckers Experiment

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