Well, even as a kid I hated peas, so I would gladly give them up! LOL Seriously, I can't think if anything that I wouldn't eat if I really wanted it. I even ordered french fries last weekend for the first time in years. Chocolate is definitely my worst trigger, but there's no way I will give it up for good. I'm in the process of modifiying my behavior through a goal/streak/reward system I've implemented for myself, and I do think I'm having some success.
I've been at goal for 18 months. I think that one of my keys to success was to never ban anything from my diet. What I did do was to track everything that went into my mouth. When I saw that a 70 calorie cookie did little for my appetite, except make me want five more, I gained some self-control that I never had previously for resisting sweets. I completely agree with your approach.
I don't think you can give up anything forever, that's not very realistic but there are things I definitely try to stay away from. I'm not overly fond of sweets, I prefer salty!! Hmmm could this be why I suffered from high blood pressure? A year ago my cardiologist (the one I got while I was in CCU) told me to throw away the salt shaker! So ..I did. I really try to stay away from processed foods, fast foods, & high sodium foods. However, I will admit there are times when I have a few chips & salsa or a pickle. For the most part though...sodium for me is a no-no! I am a yo-yo dieter & in the past these types of foods have been my demise especially fast food...I obviously couldn't give these foods up forever or I would not have lost & gained the same 75 lbs several times in my lifetime!! But then I never had Sparkpeople in my life..so this time it will be different!!
I wonder if there are any foods you think are too "dangerous" to eat, either because you think they are triggers to eat more or because they are just too calorie-dense. Of did you go vegetarian or the opposite, carb free, to lose the weight and maintain? I read on other threads of people making all kinds of rules for themselves that they find hard to keep and I wonder if they are necessary. How many people ever really give up, for example, sugar forever? Don't we all have to learn how much we can have and when?
I've lost 17/18 lbs. in the last year by eliminating snacking and eating sweets only on weekends. I'm cutting down on them more and more as time goes by. I never thought I could go all week without chocolate but I have many times and it's no big deal now. I still eat too many sweets sometimes, but I am convinced ti would be a mistake to try to cut them out forever. It's just not likely! I believe I can eat them in moderation--forever.
So, is there something you're afraid to eat because it will ruin your maintenance?
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