START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

Feeling Hungry? Have Sex Instead of a Cookie

Feeling Hungry? Have Sex Instead of a Cookie

There is an undeniable relationship between our sexuality and the food we eat.  And somehow, for millions of Americans we have lost our way on our search for sexual satisfaction and pleasure somewhere in a big box of chocolate.  Food has become a stand in for sex, for countless people. I know, because I have used – and I have coached countless people who are numbing their sexuality with bags of chips.

After all, it’s accessible and provides an immediate rush of pleasure. Eating compulsively can also put us in a kind of trance state and literally put our minds to sleep. It can take us away from thoughts about what  we may be really wanting – such as sex.
This does beg the question: “Why are we substituting food for sex?”

Perhaps it is the usual obstacles to sexual pleasure that get in our way: Guilt, Shame and Fear.

And  of course instead of owning and speaking our desire to ourselves and to our partners – we turn instead to the sensation of a crisp salty pretzel, or lick our way through mountains of ice cream (just this once).

Humans are sensation seekers. Why do you think that “Pop Rock” Candies that explode in your mouth are such a hit? We crave sensation, pleasure and something we just can’t name as we reach compulsively for the next great snack food. We want textures. We want our food to amuse us and offer us pleasure. But have you noticed that it never really works? Perhaps for a moment, that initial rush of pleasure and sensation almost hits the mark. And if it doesn’t quite do it, we are off and running for something else…maybe this time we will try hot and spicy?

The truth is that what we are really wanting is not going to be found in our refrigerator, and that “Peak Experience” is never anything that we can feel good about in the morning. Instead, those old friends come back and visit anyway: Guilt, Shame and Fear – and this time it is about what we ate instead of our unfilled sexual desires.

The goal is for a chocolate chip cookie to be just a chocolate chip cookie, to be enjoyed for the cookie’s sake. Not as a replacement drug to help you forget your sexual loneliness, or a poor stand in for sexual pleasure.

When we open our own private Pandora’s Box and begin to explore that it might not be about the food, but something bigger and even more primal and forbidden than that chocolate-dipped doughnut, we are  making a tremendous first step into filling the holes that are preventing our stomachs from telling us that we are full.

Stepping forward and saying that it is not about the food, but that our disordered eating (no matter how that manifests) is about how we stop ourselves from really going deep in our relationship with our partners, our own bodies and our sexuality can be incredibly scary. There is no way that we cannot touch upon the deepest of issues in our lives (and there are few things as central as sex and food) without feeling uncomfortable.

So go slow, and get support.

Difficult and sensitive issues are sure to surface. But that is where we find our freedom, and eventually touch our bliss.
When we are trapped in a relationship with food as a replacement for anything other than the food – it’s just that. A trap.

What To Do After Reading This Article:

Leave a comment, share it, and tweet it!

Check out Pamela’s Retreat For Women: Back to The Body: A Sensuous Retreat For Women

Check out Pamela’s Book: Shameless: How I Ditched The Diet, Got Naked, Found True Pleasure and Somehow Got Home in Time to Cook Dinner (Rodale)


Read more: Blogs, Diet & Nutrition, Food, General Health, Obesity, Recharge Your Life, Self-Help, Sex, Sexual Health, Spirit, Women's Health, , , , , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Pamela Madsen

Pamela Madsen is an Integrative Life Coach Specializing In Women's Issues: Sexuality, Fertility, Body Image, Wellness and Rejuvenation. Pamela is also author of the best selling memoir Shameless (Rodale, Jan 2011), and founder of The American Fertility Association.Her websites and her daily blog,, are a breakfast essential for reporters, writers and policymakers.


+ add your own
2:01AM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

Lol, good one, Marie W! What about chocolate cake?

6:51AM PDT on Mar 26, 2013


1:06AM PST on Mar 6, 2013

No more diets.

10:51AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Nice thought, but when I do eat cookies, they have to be GF..Both hard to find ones that taste good, and they are also a bit pricey.. Wish I had a mate, but slim pickings in my neck of the woods . And I definitely *do not* want a repeat of a yes, man, who had so many excuses *not* to have sex-and he was a partner, not a fling, he should be in the Guiness Book of World Records..If anyone knows of a great area with younger arty men who love curvy lovable arty older/mature women-well, at least 1 woman, anyway-as long as its English speaking, a democracy, and easy to travel-walkable, of course, let me know.Where I live now is not a very good option for a single lady..:| But yeah, sex instead of a cookie-I'd go for that, tired of being an IC..I'm a long term type. too..not a fling..Thanks!

4:44PM PST on Mar 1, 2013

Gyan T. you don't have anything like pop rocks? little candy crystles. boop bang fiz poof. crackle and crunch.

9:50AM PST on Feb 28, 2013

Daft article. Glad we don't have the 'pop' sweets outside the US. But on the other hand,we westerners could maybe lose a little weight. Way to go. :-)

4:46AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Really good read.

I think this is true for a lot of people.

12:13PM PST on Feb 25, 2013

JEEZ!!..... some article!.......desperate for subject matter??

4:20AM PST on Feb 25, 2013

sex phobic, to many guys I don't find cute. don't know how to convince any that would be taken if they would go poly and ask their girlfriend to borrow their man.
to much panic involved even thinking about it.

come on, like any of you loving open people on this site would do a person who is a Brian Peppers lookalike?

6:50PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Drink a glass of water. Interesting "cookie" that woman in the pic is chomping into, looks more like a giantdoublemeatcheeseburger to me.

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

People asked if we could watch their Chihuahua for a few days, while they moved. We still had him a …

When in doubt, always follow the cat's lead. When I meet a new cat and want to know whether it wishe…

Thank you. That's all I have the energy to say

Very cute! The kitten was trying to put off sleep and almost made it! Spammer and profile flagge…

We already have! Right, Zoey?


Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.