At some point in my young adulthood, I noticed a trend in my Overactive Fork Syndrome. I sought to eat things in two’s . . . or, when that wasn’t reasonable, at least in “even” numbers. I’m not sure when this obsessive/compulsive behavior started, but it seemed to surface to my consciousness and took on a life of its own. Two bagels. Two cookies. Two hamburgers. If I hadn’t known better, I would have thought I was pregnant.
And then, something surprising happened . . . I noticed the same phenomenon with others in my own family. I witnessed two packages of oatmeal being poured into a bowl; two cheese sticks being sliced open; two 100-calorie snack packs after school. Clearly, the portion size was ONE. So, why TWO? And not three?
I’ve given it some thought. I considered the possibility that there is an underlying genetic code causing us to sense fear of being hungry, so we "stock up" just in case we find ourselves in the middle of nowhere, miles from the nearest Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. I also considered the possibility that Overactive Fork Syndrome compels us to quite simply take more than one of anything.
Whether it’s out of habit, compulsive need, or actual physical need, the fact remains that OFS-ers cannot ignore the desire to eat in multiples. The goal is to learn how to combat the demons and learn to be satisfied with one.
OFS Tip-of-the-Day: Self-awareness may be the only treatment for this bizarre behavior. "Taking (more than one)" is a conscious action, and requires decision-making. Once you’ve identified that there is an issue, and you’ve acknowledged that you wish to change your behavior, you can begin to modify your behavior.