Out of House, Out of Mind
Monday, September 13, 2010
I'm convinced that I'm gaining better self-control over my eating habits, but there are some foods that are so addicting to me, I just can't keep them in the house.
Example; almond butter. Sure, a tablespoon never hurt anyone, and it's packed with protein. Heck, it's probably as healthy as having a small snack of almonds, since nothing else is added. But it's SO good. Then I think, one more couldn't hurt. Then by the end of the day, 1/4 or 1/2 of the jar is gone. (I had a similar experience a few years ago when I first tried Nutella. Yum!)
I've been conflicted about keeping other things out of the house, though, like Jello pudding cups or mousse cups. (They're both 100 calories, and the pudding comes in fat-free or sugar-free, and the mousse comes with 2.5 grams of fat, I forget how much sugar.) I wanted a low-cal "dessert" item in the house, because I get annoyed if I don't get some kind of sweet treat or chocolate from time to time.
The problem was, I was always tempted to have a second cup, and sometimes even a third, even when I wasn't hungry (although they aren't filling to begin with, really). It was the same problem I experienced with those dessert-flavored Yoplait yogurts when they first came out. They were too good to keep in the house.
I finally realized a few nights ago that what I'm doing now is as good a compromise as any. Lately we've had fruit popsicles and Kedem tea biscuits in the house (80 cal for a popsicle, 100 cal for 6 biscuits). At night, if I need something sweet, I'll have a popsicle or a serving of tea biscuits. Then, whenever I feel like it (about every 3-4 days, it varies) I'll stop by a store and get a 3 Muskateers bar that's under 200 cal, either the Truffle Crisp or the Dark Chocolate Mint.
I'm not entirely sure that's better, but I feel like it is. That way, I'm not constantly faced with the temptation to have yet another yogurt or pudding cup, and I get my chocolate fix from time to time, but not all the time.
I know everyone has their methods for dealing with temptation, but for now, this works for me!