Unless you’re a saint, temptations will be indulged.
And I’m no saint.
It’s been a little rough around here lately. Some family worries and work stresses have got me thinking about the foods I once turned to for comfort. Add to that a recent holiday weekend where the barbecue was abundant and the endless supply of snacks and desserts were, well, never ending and you have an emotional eater’s worst nightmare.
If I had been on a diet I would’ve been screwed.
But I gave up dieting years ago. And now nothing is off limits and that makes a world of difference.
You know how temptation seems to ooze from everywhere the minute you’re on a diet. Wanting what’s forbidden is human nature, especially when it comes to food. But if you take away the feeling of deprivation that every diet eventually leads to, you can begin to take the edge off.
Before I tweaked my lifestyle, that weekend scenario would have set me back weeks. But since I started paying attention to me, and how I react to certain food triggers, I’m able to take control. And that goes for whether I’m munching on veggies, or licking the icing off of my fingers from a recently eaten cupcake.
I knew that I’d make it through what could have been the weekend from hell because I know what works for me.
And this could be the beginning of discovering what works for you.
When I’m faced with temptation, like whether or not to indulge in one of my favorite comfort foods like ice cream, or macaroni and cheese, I ask myself a few simple questions.
- Is this food a want or a need?
- Is there something healthier but just as satisfying that I can have?
- Will I regret the choice that I’m about to make?
Knowing the possible consequences of caving, like bloating, regret, and tight fitting jeans, I usually make the healthier choice. But there are times when healthy just isn’t an option, and I know the best thing for me is to indulge and move on, so that’s exactly what I do. No guilt or regret, and tight jeans be damned.
Why not try it for yourself? Answering those questions honestly may be just the tool you need when temptation strikes.
And here’s one more tip:
- Don’t wait until you feel full to stop eating. It takes 20 minutes for your brain to realize that you’re no longer hungry, and those 20 minutes can add up to a lot of unnecessary calories. Eat slowly, pause often, and stop when you’re no longer hungry, instead of when you’re full.
Do you have a tool that works for you? Please share!