Saturday, January 05, 2013
I was watching the '20/20' special last night on 'People's Half Their Size' issue and they brought up a couple of points that I could see in myself.
One was on trigger foods. 'The Biggest Loser's' Bob Harper brought up the fact that many people, especially the ones that have managed to become obese, have trigger foods. You know, the ones that you just can't have one of and then are upset when they're gone because you still want more. These are things that we just can't have sitting around the house because they just won't last for the fact we'll eat it all in one sitting.
I know some people can't just have one or two pieces of pizza, some can't have chips sitting around, some can't have sweets for they will all be gone.
I am a sweets person, as in I can't have pastries, candy or cakes sitting around. I try to only have one, but if there's more sitting around, I'll end up giving in and having all of it. If I haven't had them in a long time, I'll be good right away with just one, but then, especially if no one's home, I'll finish them off. I can have sweets in moderation, as long as I only brought home the single serving size, but bring home a full box or bag of the stuff and I'll finish off the whole lot in one serving. Those cupcakes I sent off for the husband's Christmas party, I ended up eating 6 in one night when he brought home the last dozen. That was enough for the high end of my calories for the day, just in cupcakes!
I say I can have anything, but there are just certain things I just can not bring home to sit because they won't last. Fortunately I've gotten really good about avoiding these areas in the grocery store and have great willpower while I'm there (90% of the time). I'm glad I've gained that coping mechanism since I do most of the grocery shopping. Leave it at the store and I'm perfectly happy 5 minutes after leaving that section of the store.
I choose to bring home the healthy sweets in the form of fruits. It helps the constant cravings for sweets while keeping my calories low for the day and satisfying my craving sooner than the candies and pastries do. One donut leads to 6, but one apple keeps me at one.
Obviously some of these things can't be avoided all the time, but as long as it's not at home starting at you, it's much easier. Sometimes the garbage can is your friend. If a binge happens, just move on from it and remember that each day is a new day with a new start.
I know I feel better when I don't have my trigger foods sitting in my home.