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Facing Temptation

I've had many people mention to me how hard it is to avoid temptation.  I must say I have that same problem too or I would have never made it to 215 lbs.

Here are a few thoughts I have on the subject of temptation and how I deal with it.

Several reasons why I have eaten the 'wrong things' in the past:

1. I love to eat for comfort (happy, sad, any occasion really).

2. I sometimes eat even when I'm past the point of being full because I feel like I can't get enough of something (cake or brownies for example).

3. My body gets caught up in the cycle of sugar and simple carbohydrates (potato chips, donuts or cake - anything made with white flour).  If I eat a simple carbohydrate my body feels hungry a short time later and I eat way more calories than if I just ate something healthy to begin with (nuts, fruit, complex carb etc..).  I crave more of the sugary fat food I just ate and the cycle repeats.


What helps me stay on track today with healthy food choices:

1. Knowing what foods I can not have in the house: brownies, chocolate cake or any other type of really good cake, donuts and crunchy cheetos.  If there's a birthday cake for example then I will save a few slices for the boys and the rest needs to be given away or thrown out.  Or if I make a cake to bring somewhere I will leave it there and bring home none of the leftovers (that's how I get to have my cake and eat it to).

2. Have snacks with me for when I'm out of the house between meals (pretzels, fruit, almonds).

3. Plan ahead for what I'm going to eat if I eat at a restaurant.  If I'm going to eat at a chain restaurant I look up the nutrition information ahead of time to plan accordingly.  I've been surprised at what I thought was 'healthy'.

4. Have a mantra to say to myself when I'm in a social setting:  If you don't have the calories budgeted for the cake is it worth eating after that really hard workout this morning?  Think of all the really good choices you have made.

5. I allow myself a cheat meal every so often and don't feel one ounce of guilt.  No drive through burgers for me.  I'll eat a really good burger from a great restaurant or I won't eat one at all.

6. A little bit of full fat Extra Sharp Cabot Cheddar cheese (my favorite) and a little bit of 60 -70% organic bittersweet chocolate everyday.

7. A really hard workout helps me think twice about eating poorly (goes with number 4.).

8. I do have a bad day every so often but that doesn't entitle me to turn it into a bad week.

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