Among other mindless things I’ve been known to do, I sometimes eat food and have no recollection of the incident until I see the evidence of a wrapper or a banana peel in the trash…


The following scenario is based on a true story:

[Charlotte is working on the computer doing a million things at once while simultaneously eating a banana]

An unknown amount of time later…

Charlotte (to good friend, Christine, on gchat): “So weird- I can’t find my banana- I know I had one.”

Christine: “Look in your trash.”

[Charlotte looks in trash and finds the peel leading her to Sherlock-Holmes her way to the conclusion she ate the banana already.]

I have given the above condition a scientific name: Ghost-Eating.


(For the purpose of this post we’re just going to use the first definition)

Obviously, this condition is the result of one of two things:

  1. Being senile, or
  2. Trying to multitask eating with one or more activities.

Since it is Halloween time and seems eerily on topic, I have taken the liberty of rewriting the classic theme song from Ghostbusters to include the word Ghost-Eating.

If you need help with the tune:


When there’s something strange, in your garbage can-

whatcha gonna blame?



Yeah it’s kinda weird, and you don’t feel sane-

whatcha gonna blame?



I just ate like a ghost

I just ate like a ghost


When you’re eating things, in your pajamas-

whatcha gonna blame?



An invisible man, eating your bananas-

whatcha gonna blame?



[repeat refrain]


Ghost-Eating — careful or it will get you too — it’s science.



Thanks for hosting, Amanda!


Can you sympathize?

Have you ghost-eaten before?

What are you (or your kids) being for Halloween?


46 Thoughts on “Ghost-Eating (TOL)

  1. Ghost eating is definitely a phenomenon- The evidence is indeed in our trash cans. Ghost eating definitely also continues at meals out or dining with others- you look down and BOOM. IT’s gone.
    Arman @ thebigmansworld recently posted…Spicy Honey Roasted PeanutsMy Profile

    • YES! restaurants are another place it tends to happen (although when I’m eating with others it’s easier to blame them for somehow stealing the food off my plate)

  2. Very funny! But sadly, I always remember what I eat!…Wish I didn’t LOL!
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  3. Is this kind of like Ghost Riding? Because then it is super legit and ok.
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  4. In my years before I joined Weight Watchers, I would do this all the time…No Clue what I ate or when I ate it. I’d see the evidence, but had no recollection of it and certainly no enjoyment. I’ve turned that around after a long time and I know what I eat and when I eat it. Very funny post. Thanks for sharing it!
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    • Yes- I have to be more mindful and stop eating snacks while I work. It’s pointless in every way- what’s the point of snacking if I’m not even going to enjoy it?

  5. I have a funny story for you. I was once sitting on the couch eating a huge bowl of popcorn, when I looked down and realized that it was almost all gone. I figured I ate it all without noticing (aka: ghost-eating), but when I got up to get a drink, I realized I just spilled half of it on the floor without noticing 😆 Aaaaaand then I eated it anyways :mrgreen:
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  6. Haha! I actually don’t have a ghost eating problem so much as an inhale-everything-in-my-sight-while-cooking-dinner problem. It’s really bad.
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  7. I have a spin-off disorder where even if I recall eating food, it’s like ghost food in my stomach. My stomach gets no fuller and I keep eating more and more food. Weird. It’s like I just can’t stop eating!
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  8. hahaha you are awesome. Yup – ghost eating is most definitely a thing. I think it’s a stress-related thing when it happens to me!
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  9. Hahaha, love this and I’m so relieved that I’m not just going senile and there is a logical explanation. While this doesn’t happen to me often, I have definitely had to think long and hard about whether or not I already ate on of my meals – it typically always happens mid morning at work when I’m busy.
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    • Right?! I’ve had that happen – usually with larabars- I ask myself whether I’m about to eat my first or second larabar of the day… and sometimes I have no idea.

  10. Lol this literally just happened to me at work this morning. Someone left skinny cow chocolates in my desk drawer (which are actually super tasty) and I said, “sweet, someone left me candy! Must be because I’m such an awesome boss. I can’t wait to eat these after lunch today!” About 8:45 AM I realized I’d eaten them all….
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  11. No ghost eating for me, but I can sometimes tell what my husband ate by looking in the trash! I mean, not snooping, but if I pull out the trash to throw something away and just notice… hehe. I don’t think I’m dressing up for Halloween this year because we haven’t been invited to any parties!
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  12. I have ghost eating, ghost drinking, ghost paying the bills…….Seriously these days I can’t remember anything unless I write it down and even then sometimes I don’t write down enough information to trigger the memory:) (the 40s – so great!!!)
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  13. I don’t think I’ve actually done this with food but I do A LOT of things that I totally forget I have. But you’ve given me an idea. I’m going to try and ‘ghost’ a bunch of things…laundry, cooking, getting a wax… :-)
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  14. Wow, by the second definition, I’ve never ate a ghost.

    LOL! Seriously, thank you for making me laugh each tim eyou post.
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  15. Haha, talk about a perfect time to bring up “ghost-eating” with Halloween just around the corner. I gotta say…I have been both victim and perhaps maybe/kinda/sorta the culprit of ghost-eating.
    Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating recently posted…Pan-Seared Rainbow Trout with Herbed Tomato Sauce over Sauteed CabbageMy Profile

  16. OMG! I HAVE NEVER EVER Ghost Eaten….. That is actually kind of terrifying! Sometimes I will have dreams where I think I am eating something I cannot, and I wake up terrified that I did and that I am going to get sick, but alas, it was a dream!
    GiGi Eats recently posted…Recipe Redux: Lets Go Skinny Dipping!My Profile

    • I’ve had a dream where french fries were floating by me and I had to reach out to grab them, and I woke up and my arm was actually up in the air. I was so bummed there were no floating french fries IRL.

  17. I ghost-eat popcorn ALL. THE. TIME. Before I know it the bag is empty and I’m left with cheesy white-cheddar fingers. But eh there are bigger fish to fry than worry about it 😉
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  18. Oh boy ghost-eating is THE worst…mainly because you can’t really blame anyone but yourself! Although eating in front of a telly is frowned upon, I still do it..and then wonder how the heck it finished eating! Damn mindless eating ;)! Glad that there is a term to describe such incidents where my food gets eaten without me realising!!
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  20. I have never eaten a ghost nor ghost ate, but I have found myself miraculously at the end of something I was eating and thinking that I should have savored it more. :(

    My kids are being a spider (17 mo old) and No Noggin (3.5 year old). If you don’t know who No Noggin is…you don’t have a 3.5 year old. 😉

    And bustin’ soooo makes me feel good!
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  21. Haha, ghost eating only happens to me when I’m drunk! It used to happen more often in college than now, thankfully. The next morning I’d be like, “Crap, did I really make a grilled cheese AND eat ice cream at 3 AM??”
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  22. I ghost eat at work when I’m stressed. I just start throwing shit in and before I know it, I’m surrounded by a bunch of empty containers.

    I love the movie Ghostbusters. It’s a classic.

  23. You are hilarious!
    I can’t sympathize with the ghost eating thing, but I can sympathize with forgetful eating. It’ll be 10am and I’m working and think I need to eat breakfast… then at 2pm I realize I never had breakfast.
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