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Why I eat junk

Monday, April 29, 2013

I believe that no food should be off limits, as long as you can control yourself around it. Many of my favorite junk foods can be like that , as long as I haven't had any junk food in a while, but then there are those things I can never control myself around, no matter how long I've stopped eating junk.

I am good most of the time with junk food. Most of the time it's not around me and I don't even think about it. Sometimes I do give in though.

As much as I love fruits and veggies with dip, there are those days I just "need" a candy bar or cookie.

It may be a holiday, it's amazing how many of them revolve around food. The Easter Bunny brings a whole basket of candy in various forms. Santa brings candy canes and chocolates. Thanksgiving may be mostly about turkey and mashed potatoes, but since it's my daughter's birthday, there's always cake. There are also more birthdays, more cake... It's especially hard during the winter, when the majority of those holidays show up all at once.

I may be stressed. Stress goes one of two ways with me, either I don't want to eat at all or I just want to eat everything and none of it better be healthy! The more chocolate the better!

I may have not planned well and dinner needs to be picked up. Lately I haven't been defrosting meat soon enough, so we've been having a lot of fast food. Fast food can be good, if you pick the right things, but this weekend's Chinese food was not great and my body backlashed at it.

Sometimes the kids were good and they asked nicely. That's how the Oreos came to be this week.

Sometimes the husband brings home something. He may not bring enough to share, but sometimes that makes me crave something and if it's a bad enough craving, there's conveniently a vending machine in the lobby of my apartment building.

Junk every once in a while is fine, in moderation, in the portions size stated, so your body can handle it. Junk upon junk is not so good though. Some of my reasons are truly excuses and shouldn't ever be used, but occasionally it's fine with my body to have the piece of cake with a birthday as long as I normally have the fruits and veggies when my cravings kick up on other days.

Today's Holidays: Peace Rose Day, Zipper Day, Greenery Day and National Shrimp Scampi Day.
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    I know what you mean. I don't eat a lot of treats anymore, but every now and then I cave in to a craving. But there are also times when I look at some dessert or other and feel no temptation at all.
    1606 days ago
    I do have treats and it's all about sticking to a portion. I do want to get away from having them every day, though. I used to say it's been a problem since Halloween, but that's been 6 months!
    1606 days ago
  • KAREN608
    I'm thinking about the days before junk food, which are before my time, really. Everything had to be made at home, and candy was a rare treat but for homemade
    things and the work of cleaning up after you made it even burned calories. I like junk food because I do not have to make it. So is my problem the food or laziness? I haven't figured it out.
    1606 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    I so agree with you, the more you deny yourself--the more you eat anything trying to relieve that craving. We all have trigger foods that can get use in trouble, but sometime we even need that trigger food, and try to maintain eating a servings worth or less---sometimes we fail, then forgive ourself and move one. Myself, I enjoy eating cookies fresh out of the oven, so have really cut back from baking them.
    1606 days ago
  • TANYA602
    I always find it fascinating that we all have different triggers and different tastes. I am a bread kind of girl. If it's there I want it. Portion control vs deprivation is truly key!
    1606 days ago
    I agree, no food is off limits. My goal is to eat healthy foods at least 90% of the time, and not stress about occasional treats
    1606 days ago
    That's why I've been able to stay on SP. Nothing is off limits
    it you can control it. That way I'll still be eating the same
    things when I get down to my goal weight. I'm luck my
    triggers are mostly grease/salt so a lot of the holiday treats
    of sugar don't attract me.
    But not having thawed something out in time happens here a
    lot too. And then it's on to takeout. Luckily I have 2 places I
    can go that are fast to get the food so my husband and son
    can go anywhere and I can get my food that's within reason.
    I get a Chipotle burrito bowl w/guacamole or a Jimmy John's
    beach club and only eat half. (lunch for tomorrow, too!)
    I'm glad my son is older and can go get his own treats. That
    would have been a trigger when I was younger.

    Sounds like you've got a good system too.
    Have a Sparkly Day! Think I'll celebrate Peace Rose Day, I love them.

    1606 days ago
    I like all of today's holidays! I think I will celebrate Zipper Day. Just think of all the buttons we don't have to fumble through the holes!
    I will be working in out garden today, so that takes care of celebrating Peace Rose (which we have) and Greenery. Love Shrimp Scampi, but we are having leftover/planned over tamale pie for dinner.
    I have enjoyed celebrating these holidays you have posted. Never would have imagined a National Shrimp Scampi Day! emoticon
    1606 days ago
    I also believe no food is off limits other than food that make me ill.
    1606 days ago
  • THOMS1
    I tend to stay away from fast food and my trigger foods which include candy, cake and pie. Although sometimes when I'm in Costco I just have to buy one of those red velvet cakes with the cream cheese frosting. I cut the cake in serving size pieces and freeze the whole cake. In the morning I wrap each piece individually and keep them frozen. When I need a special treat I go to the freezer out in the garage and take a baggie of cake out, unthaw it and have my treat. It works for me. Don't let the kids have any. This is just YOUR emoticon treat.
    1606 days ago
    I find that I can do some "fast food " by getting pre-cut stir-fry veggies and a lean meat. Cook the meat first, add the veggies with a little water and instead of using a fattening sauce use Mrs. Dash to season. It doesn't take long and it's healthy. DD loves it. Reading your blog I so get the running from one thing to another and having a hubby who brings stuff that isn't helpful.
    Today will be like one of yours. Running from one thing to another and trying not to eat late tonight. Keep trying.
    1606 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    Moderation instead of deprivation is the way to go for me except if it's a trigger food, in which case I need to stay far away from it.

    I enjoyed reading your perspective.

    1606 days ago
    Mmmm, shrimp scampi emoticon on a bed of greenery emoticon
    emoticon emoticon
    1606 days ago
  • LADYJ6942
    Oh my, lots of little self sabotages there. I'm finding that fast food and processed foods keep the weight up and whole foods, fresh baked foods bring it down. Gotta find new ways.
    1606 days ago
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