“Betcha can’t eat just one.” The older folks amongst us remember that as an advertising slogan pushing a particular brand of potato chips, and I am here to tell you they were deeelicious! I know because when I was a kid I devoured many a bag of them. They didn’t call me the potato chip kid for nothing.
Which brings me to the point of this blog. We all have foods which are particularly hazardous to deal with. Our dieting success is dependant on our ability to do so. For me those foods are doughnuts, chocolate, pizza, and the infamous potato chips. When I first started watching my diet, I steadfastly rejected even the thought of eating them, feeling that anything short of total abstinence would lead to failure.
Months later, with success and a collection of healthy new habits under my belt, I decided to give them a try. I met each challenge in different ways with varying degrees of success. I resoundly rejected my first and only doughnut of my new lifestyle. It tasted sickenly greasy and sweet, leaving me craving a pear. No more of those. Situation resolved.
I handled chocolate by only eating the finest, but rarely. I keep it out of the house and buy the occasional single piece at a specialty store or a four-pack sampler. It makes a lovely treat and I don’t particularly crave it. Situation resolved.
I handled pizza by making my own rather than sending out or going out for one. This way I control the ingredients and portions (no leftovers calling out to me in the middle of the night). Mine are delicious and almost healthy. And I don’t make them too often. Situation resolved.
Next up: potato chips. I approached them last and very carefully, buying a bag for a barbeque. I figured I would have a small serving along with my carefully pre-tracked meal. Boy did I get that wrong.
They were so good!!! I ate way more than I had planned, though far less than I used to. When I tracked them, I was appalled to find that what I had eaten raised my calorie level to THREE TIMES my allotment for the whole day. I won’t even mention the other nutritional stats. And I was seriously craving more!
The next day I was up two pounds (granted some of that was water retention from the salt, but it took me days to recover). Then—horrors—I ate some more. Situation unresolved.
So now comes the next challenge. “Betcha can’t eat just NONE!”