Making changes to your diet takes some effort: trying different foods...boosting your intake of fruits, veggies, and whole grains...portion sizes...we all know the drill. But it also means telling yourself "no" when it comes to certain treats. Everything is fine in moderation, but I've found that there are some foods that I just. Cannot. Buy. If I do, my skin turns green, my dress turns black, and I cackle Wicked Witch of the West-style as I face plant into one of these tasty delicacies. Next thing you know, it's all gone, and I'm left feeling frustrated and disappointed in myself.
The funny thing is that these foods aren't necessarily my favorites -- but they do have some kind of weird tractor beam effect on me. Last night I fell victim to two of them, I'm sorry to say. I was at the gym from 5:30- 7:00 and went straight from there to run and errand. I then headed to the grocery store for a massive purchasing trip (hello, Super Bowl weekend!), and didn't leave until almost 9 PM. By then I was starving and my willpower was weak. Usually I pack some food to hold me over, but it didn't work last night. I came home with an angel food cake and a bag of Pop Corners. The cake was actually really dry (I didn't know that was possible with angel food!) so I tossed it, but not before I ate two slices (yup, I admit it, I ate the icky cake anyway). And the Pop Corners, well...they've gone on to a better place.
It made me so angry, but it was a good reminder that I need to plan ahead, and mustn't allow myself to cave to those in-the-moment cravings. I was curious what foods you guys have on your don't-buy list? Here's mine:
1. Angel food cake. Obviously, we weren't meant to be. Plus it tastes like sugary clouds, so even though it's not the worst cake for you, it does go down quickly!
2. Pop Corners, sea salt flavor. I don't snack often on chip-type foods, but these disappear in a heartbeat.
3. Energy bars. I will occasionally buy one of these in between work and the gym when I'm already hungry and won't be able to concentrate on my workout without some sustenance, but at home, to me they are basically a candy bar with the excuse of being "better for me than chocolate." Dangerous!
4. Fruit Newtons. Seriously, they are little handheld apple pies!
5. Baked goods (more than one at a time). Muffins, brownies, scones, cookies, whatever -- I will treat myself to one now and then, but I can't buy any half-dozens or dozens!
6. Mock ice cream sandwiches (made from cool whip and chocolate graham crackers). This is actually a "recipe" I found on Spark, and they are good -- maybe a little too good. I can't keep them as an on-hand snack.
7. Yummy cheeses. I'm not talking your basic run-of-the-mill pepper jack here -- I mean the applewood smoked or cranberry-cheddar tasties. Ooh, baby...
So, note to self: always travel with healthy snacks and do NOT go to store starving AGAIN!!