I love candy. I enjoy a good cookie. I crave chips!
Don’t you? I know some people who have no problem saying “NO” to these goodies, but for some of us it’s nearly impossible. The past 2 weeks is probably the first time in about a year that I have said “NO” to all of these tasty junk foods. That’s probably the main reason for my weight gain and now the realization that I need to get control of it so I can feel better physically and about myself.
Do you see those Toblerone? One of my favourite chocolate bars! I like having suckers around while I study. The only candy that was left in the candy dish when I started this diet were the suckers and some candy kisses (the ones that only come out at halloween). Guess where the leftovers are now? Not in this body! They are in zip lock bags out of sight waiting to be given to a 16 year old who can freely eat what he wants.
What about the cookies left from New Year’s Eve?
In the freezer for the guy in the house that can eat them. Out of sight, out of mind! That’s one way to deal with cravings. Get it out of sight or out of the house! Be lazy.
What? Be lazy? Yes. Be lazy. When you get a craving and you don’t have that candy or chips or whatever is your down fall in the house, be lazy and don’t get in your car to drive to the store to buy it. I’ve done that before. It helps that I live up on the mountain and it takes a bit more effort to get to the store. But I have in the past craved chips and got in my car and drove to the store to get some. I usually bought the small size because then I felt like I was eating less, but sometimes I would buy two bags of the small ones and eat them both. That way I could get two different kinds. I was probably better off getting one large bag and spreading it out over a few days.
So far to recap: Out of sight out of mind. Be lazy!
I mentioned I crave chips. When I went for groceries or gas I would normally get chips. This past week was the first time that I went to the grocery store by myself while I was on this diet. I could have cheated without anyone knowing, but I’ve boughten and eaten in secret too many times to do that again. I walked passed the chip isle, witch isn’t that bad because you don’t have to go down the isle or even look at it. Then I was standing in line waiting to pay. And there it was. The rack of chips! Mmmm…. Doritos and dill pickle chips. That’s what I would have chosen. Instead I took a picture of them and said a big “NO”. I was very happy with myself. Win! As hard as it is, just say no and walk away.
Cookies! I love the ones from superstore. You know what I am talking about. The Ultimate chocolate chip or chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies. I went to small group and they had them there. So delicious looking and tempting. Again, I managed to say “NO”. It helped that I had someone who is very encouraging by my side. I also felt full from supper and realized I didn’t really need the cookie anyway, no matter how good it looked. If you feel full don’t eat it. When I am hungry, that is when I am tempted the most to eat cookies, or candy, or chips. I need to make sure that I am getting enough good foods to fight the bad ones!
How am I fighting the cravings?
Out of Sight and Out of the House
Just Say No and Walk Away
Eat Enough Good Foods to Fight the Bad Ones
… and lots of prayer!
How do you fight your cravings for the bad foods? Let me know by commenting below.
[This is part of the Dukan Diet series. Check out the rest of the posts by clicking HERE.]
Seth Caddell said:
I normally don't fight my cravings 🙂 that's the main problem.
Once you're able to add other foods back in, I'd say a good mentality is not deprivation, but moderation. Yes, have a cookie, but just ONE. Or HALF. Or buy a bag of chips, some zip-lock bags, and portion it out over a few days as soon as you get home. I think this only works once you have a self-control under control in the first place, though! Otherwise it's way too easy to cave. Get past the cold-turkey stage first, then you'll be able to make wiser choices! That's been my experience, anyway! I have a much, much easier time saying NO or saying “just one” now than I used to. And I have a HUGE sweet tooth… so it wasn't easy!!!
Erin Jackman said:
I wasn't fighting them either, but I needed to take control! Hopefully I get to a point if I have a craving I can have a little bit of whatever it is and be satisfied and not go over bored with it.
Erin Jackman said:
I totally agree with you here, Faith! I like the zip-lock bag idea for snacks like chips! I'm not sure I'm at the point where I can just eat one of those baggies yet thought. I'm definitely working on getting past that stage! Glad it worked out for you! I know you love cake! 🙂