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Monday, November 18, 2013

My new challenge is learning to ignore the temptation of eating too much food through the holidays. Just a few small strategies go a long way. Today I worked at a desk where a wonderful teacher left a candy bar for me. It took me lots of strategizing to leave that snack alone all day long.
First, I ate my healthy snacks.
Next, I focused on my students.
Third, I drank my water.
Fourth, I drank my tea.
Finally, when I had time, I picked up the candy bar, and quietly said; "I'm going to blog about how I did NOT eat you." I put the Twix Bar back down on the desk, and finished my day.
I hope that it is gone by morning. If not, I'll replay the whole process again, or just throw it in the trash.

How do you deal with the unwanted food gifts?
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    I was given a chocolate bar this summer from one our clients - I put away into the fridge - forgot about it until just this week when my wife found it and brought it to me and we ate it together as it was a extra large two piece one.
    1548 days ago
    I try to promptly give away food that I don't want to eat. If there isn't a recipient nearby and I feel uneasy about my willpower I will throw it away.
    1551 days ago
    at work, i shove them in my desk so i forget about them. at 1 time i had 4 regular zsize chocolate bars in my desk and i just tried to forget about them until after i ate my planned nutritional items.
    1552 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
    1552 days ago
    YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!! I love your strategy!!!

    1552 days ago
    I try to give food gifts away if they are foods I'm trying to avoid. Maybe you could use something like this as a reward for a job well done by one of your students...
    1552 days ago
    emoticon I try to give it away. I hate to waste it.
    1552 days ago
    I give them away. I do hate throwing good food out but candy bars are not necessarily good.
    1552 days ago
    A great recipient for extra "goodies"...even the less heavy ones...is your local fire station. The firefighters will easily work off those extra calories & they don't receive enough recognition for their sacrifice and hard work!!!

    We live and die by our volunteer firefighters here in the remote mountains of CO. They love treats...or even a batch of homemade food made just for them!
    1552 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    emoticon emoticon I try to ignore the food gifts. Give them to someone else.
    1552 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/18/2013 10:07:40 AM
    great job way to go
    1552 days ago
    Very good! I think that's what these blogs are all about!
    1552 days ago
    Good job resisting that candy bar!

    As far as what to do with unwanted food gifts, I suppose it depends on the occasion and the gift. For a candy bar like that, I think your strategy of just leaving it where it is is fine. If someone brings their special home-made whatever, I would take it home, and bring to share at an event (if one were coming up) or open to share with co-workers, if in that kind of environment. If it is really special and I wanted to enjoy some of it, I would do that, within reason. If it wasn't something I like or wanted, I'd just leave it to others.

    1552 days ago
    Oh, ADMIRABLE! emoticon
    Yes, I want to do likewise.
    I try not to keep such things in the house because they jump to my waistline.
    I LIKE healthy foods. But the tongue sometimes craves. Here's to good choices during the next couple fof months!
    1552 days ago
    Good for you! Yeah!
    1552 days ago
    I like those goals!
    1552 days ago
    Definitely being physically active helps me. WATER, WATER, WATER keeps me hydrated and full.

    AS for unwanted food gifts, I generally give them to a neighbor or even the police station right down the street. THAT is always a good place to drop them off. I KNOW they'll get eaten!


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    1552 days ago
    Wonderful strategies! Maybe try the re-gifting route. Or simply take it home and give it to another family member. emoticon
    1552 days ago
    I try to makesure it is not in sight or at hand otherwise the constant stress of fighting temptation is debilitating.
    1552 days ago
    emoticon You showed extraordinary will power!! emoticon

    I usually have good will power but have noticed lately that it has been waning!! I will have to redouble my efforts!!


    1552 days ago
    Great strategies. Clean eating is working for me but if I let in the "junk" the food monster gets triggered and I want more. Definitely a situation where I need to give it away or throw it away. My diabetes is a great "excuse" for my clean eating but in reality trying to not eat sugar is more complicated than I want to explain to people. It's a choice for me.
    1552 days ago
    That's a toughie...especially if it is a gift. I think your strategy was pretty brilliant but I like the idea of re-gifting it to someone who will really enjoy it rather than throwing it away. Good job on the resistance though... emoticon
    1552 days ago
  • SCOOTER4263
    Depends upon the circumstance. If the gift is from a child, you have to eat it - their feelings are more important than the 200 calories. Otherwise, I have somewhat of a reputation as a cook, so people don't tend to give me grocery store stuff - with the homemade (or really expensive and wonderful, like a box of Godivas) things, there are two strategies: taste it, declare it wonderful and save the rest for later, or do as you did and share with others. (For the box of Godivas, you can either put it in the freezer and parcel them out one at a time, or save it until you have guests, put the candies on a fancy platter and serve it with coffee for dessert - wow them with your generosity - they don't have to know you didn't buy it just for their visit.)

    Good for you, thinking ahead to the holidays and spying out potential potential problems *before* they occur.
    1552 days ago
    Good for you! Each of us must do what works for us..... there are lots and lots of strategies for how to avoid foods we don't really need or want, but what works for one may not work for you... great suggestions on here!

    Keep on keeping on!!!
    1552 days ago
    I give it away or share it Food bank for some .
    1552 days ago
    Usually I put whatever it is, where I can't see it. Then I try to figure out who to give it to. I've got a coworker who struggles some financially and he's raising a teenage boy.... I figure they don't get treats as often. So most of the time, I give it to him and he's very happy to take it. Every once in a while, I'll want a bite of whatever it is (not too long ago there was a pumpkin spice cupcake with maple frosting)-- so I save it for break time and share it with coworkers. 3 or 4 of us will each have some. I ended up with 1/4 of that cupcake-- it was really yummy!

    emoticon for coming up with some strategies for the holiday eating!
    1552 days ago
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