Maybe it’s wrong, but there are a few foods that I just won’t give up completely. Perhaps I should, but I don’t want to!! (Insert stomping feet here.)
When I would diet in the past, I gave up everything “fun and good” while on my prescribed diet and determined that I’d have to go the rest of my life without eating another piece of chocolate or dessert in my life. My list of off-limit foods ranged from chocolate candy to nuts, depending on my current diet.
I reasoned that anything that was high in calories or high in fat was something I probably shouldn’t have on my diet. That strategy definitely played a role in my many failures.
I know a few people right now who all told me that no matter what, they aren’t ever eating sweets again because they are unable to control themselves around chocolate or fruity candy such as jelly beans. They pause when they give me this “announcement,” seemingly waiting for my response.
I am still not sure what they wanted to hear, but I gave them a response something like this:
When I tried to give up certain foods when I was dieting, I was very unhappy with the whole weight-loss process. I found that by learning to balance my wants and needs I could lose the weight and have a treat.
It is not always easy to control yourself around foods you love, but you may find it harder to avoid those foods completely. You can then set yourself up for failure by thinking about the foods all the time, wishing you had the foods and finally giving in and overindulging in the food. This happened to me more times than I care to admit. I would swear off chips for my diet, but all I could think about was chips. Instead of having a small, individual serving bag, I’d find myself at the grocery store buying the biggest bag available. I’d sit in the car and eat most of the bag before I even pulled out of the parking lot.
These days, we have desserts occasionally, and I have tempting foods in the pantry. The difference for me is that I know I can have it, if I really, really want it.
So what’s one food I won’t give up? All of them. If I really want a chip, a chocolate candy or a cupcake, I’ll have it. Then I just compensate by eating a few less calories, exercising a few more minutes and paying attention to my eating habits.
What about you? What’s your “must have, can’t live without it food?” Diane
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