All-you-can-eat buffets are a tough temptation for me. A chocolate buffet would be a nightmare! I would choose a few of what looks best and just have a taste of each. Of course if there were leftovers that would be tougher! I try to eat as healthy as possible on a daily basis and think about my goals, how i don't want to mess them up.
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It's not a nightmare as this is real life for me; every time I decide to take it upon myself to limit food or go on my favorite go-to diet, I crave foods that I don't even normally eat when I'm not on a diet so I know, during that time I can do it and not tempted to cheat!
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I go to visit my parents and mom will make a rich pasta dish and several desserts (think cake, cobbler with ice cream, cheesecake). The snack drawer will be overflowing with all kinds of crap (chips, pita chips, pretzles, flavored almonds) and she will have the candy dish full of dove choco squares. There will be hummus, cheese, crackers and wine for "appetizers" and we'll probably go out to eat once or twice. I do the best I can, but I accept that time at home will cause some set-backs and that I will just have to ramp it up once I am back home
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Over the last year and a bit I have lead my life as normal. If I have gone out I have pick what I believe is healthy but calories were over the top. This has not stop me reaching my goal weight as I have dropped 3k below.
I don't believe in the nightmare scenario as you can always work it off afterward. It is all in your mind.
Well - I had a piece of the cake today... the good news is - I only had a small piece of the cake and I was way in the low rage of my targets all day so it balanced out... the bad news is that there is STILL all that chocolate in the fridge. Thanks everyone for the words of wisdom. I am SO glad that chocolate class is over. Living with a culinary student is not easy...
Still think it would be fun to hear other people's diet nightmare stories.
I know! I'm not helping! Honestly! I feel for you! I will be tempted to eat too much too! In this case! How about sharing them with your friends!?
That way, you can still eat a little but also treat your friends who also love chocolate! And who doesn't?!
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You did great. Take the rest and freeze what you would like for later. If BF doesn't want it then toss the rest. And enjoy the one piece you do eat. Chocolate is not evil. My weakness is fresh baked bread and potato chips. Chips are banned from the house. The bread gets frozen so I can have 1 slice at a time/
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HER_ROAD_HOME: Great job on showing moderation! That is not easy, but you are showing tremendous will power.
My greatest temptation is often "free food" Examples would be meals at churches and community centers after I donate blood, cookies and candies at local merchants during the Holiday Season, being invited to neighbors for cookouts or celebrations like birthdays and graduations, and going to meetings where breakfast, lunch, snacks are provided. It's not that I can't afford to buy the very same foods and eat them at home and in moderation, it is just my subconscious remembering my youth and how poor we were and how often did not have as much food to eat around the house as I would have liked.
10/25/13 11:10 A
That would be tempting.
Personally I would just try a spoonful of everything. And then leave the rest behind.
10/25/13 10:44 A
Wow, you did better than I would have! I would have wanted to taste everything! I LOVE chocolate!
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10/25/13 10:34 A
with AMARANTHAQ ...It what WE think that controls our minds. Let's face it, as adults, we have access to whatever we want. Your SO may not be on the same page as you, and wants to enjoy those treats. Maybe having your own stash of healthy options will get you over the tough times, especially with the holidays coming up.
If it were me, I would choose from among the platter the one item that tempted me the most and eat a full sized portion, and enjoy it! If you have a food scale, weigh the dessert before eating it then look for a similar dessert from a supermarket, store etc and enter the same weight dessert in your tracker. Then after that, either budget a small portion from the platter to enjoy each day or avoid it entirely. You may find that after you have allowed yourself to enjoy some, the rest is not as tempting. For me, deprivation does not work in the long run. But if I allow myself a portion, I'm usually able to be satisfied with that.
My nighmare diet scenario is arriving hungry to a buffet-type meal. Especially if it contains my favorite foods.
Other people can't sabotage us unless we let them. And, often they are not trying to sabotage us, just trying to be nice, but in our own mind, we are afraid we are not in control, so we blame them and label their loving gifts as sabotage.
But it is always us sabotaging us, because we always have choices.
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You did exactly what I would do....taste everything and walk away! Remember "you are your own chocolate control board"
i always like to put things into perspective. if you eat 1500 cals a day, that's 547,500 cals a year. so if you want to have a 4000 cal splurge once a year, you would need to eat 11 cals less every other day of the year. so if your boyfriend bringing home chocolate extravaganza deluxe really is your one thing, then enjoy it. don't wolf it all down, but don't leave the house and go to a hotel so you don't have any. because boyfriend's culinary school final project seems like it should be a pretty once ever sort of event. but if you do use this mentality, you do have to be aware of doubling up. in other words, you can't call the chocolate feast your thing for the year if you know he's taking chocolate II next semester so this is going to happen again in another 3 months. or if you try and eat at outback every month. or if you have to have your 600 cal starbucks drinks every week. in other words you have to be aware of how often you are indulging. because if you indulge in your top thirty favorite things and you do it every other day, those thirty favorite things better be pretty low cal. but if you do really have that once a year, maybe even twice a year thing, it's okay for that to be a little heftier caloriewise. but it really has to be your absolute favorite of all your favorites and it really has to be infrequently. if your mom loves cooking for you, you start praising her low calorie dishes [not specifically that they are low calorie, that tends not to work] and hinting how long it's been since you had them. odds are you'll see the dishes that you hint about on the table the next time you head over for dinner. if you have to bake something for the bakesale, you're baking it for the bakesale. you aren't a bakesale. it's fine to have one or two, but if you have more you're just going to spend that much more time toiling over a hot oven and cleaning up pans and bowls. there has to be something you want to do more than sweating in the kitchen and cleaning up, right? if the bf is a culinary student then challenge him with parameters. say you want a filling dinner of 300 cals that meets needs x, y, and z as well and let him go. or that you want your chocolate, but you want it to come with 5 grams of fiber in a serving. and in these challenges, you still want taste. it's not going to be a huge help in the marketplace [spark gives you a really skewed idea of how many people actually want this stuff. all you have to do is look at how often healthier options are introduced and then taken off the market a few months later to know that the majority does not care to the point that they do not like healthier options] except maybe being able to adapt to special needs a little easier, but the more he can work around the better a cook he is imo. can your freeze any of the final projects? this way you can enjoy them without worrying about them spoiling [ie making you eat more sooner], which could make having a 100 cal portion instead of a 500 cal portion a more realistic option.
OK, who's in charge here? It's you, sweetie. You did BRILLIANTLY just tasting a teaspoonful of everything - and that's how you are going to proceed, aren't you? A small taste to satisfy him and you - all you need. It's not that you will never eat sweet things again - it's that you are never going to pig out again and make yourself ill. Portion control baby - just walk away - you've done it once....
What is like the worst thing that happens to you when your dieting that tempts you or makes you crazy. Example - your mother invites you over for dinner and makes her super comfort food. Or your hubby brings home the free cookies they are giving away at the store. You have to bake something for your kids bake sale.
OK - here is my nightmare scenario I am dealing with right now. I am hoping just writing about it and sharing it will make me stronger!
My boyfriend is a culinary student and took a chocolate baking class this semester. Tonight they turned in their final projects (He made a cake, I stayed out of the kitchen while he was making it and it left the house intact... i was proud of myself.)
He comes home from his final class with a huge plate full of everyone's final project samples. 4 different chocolate cake slices, choc cheesecake, little truffle thingies with pretty little flowers on them, mousse cups, creme thingies, etc... and get this, I am on a soft food only diet right now... so he brings home only the stuff I can eat!!! How thoughtful... I smell sabotage!
Nightmare - total nightmare! I did good. I tasted a spoonful of the mousse and left the kitchen scolding him good for bringing all that home. "But it is final projects..." He said. But now ALL of that stuff is on a tray in the fridge... like it will just BE there at 2am when I can't sleep.
I am doing so well, I have lost ten pounds, back to eight but going to ten pretty much. This is beyond crazy scenario.
Wish me luck... if I make it through the night there is hope!
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