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30 Tactics to Outsmart Your Unhealthy Temptations

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-- By Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer
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On your quest for a healthy lifestyle, you'll frequently encounter the beast called temptation. Slay him once, and he returns stronger and smarter. Slay him again, and he rises from the ashes to lure you away from your good habits. Fear not! You can win the battle with these 30 tactics to outsmart temptation!

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Stepfanie Romine Stepfanie Romine
A former newspaper reporter, Stepfanie now writes about nutrition, health, fitness and cooking. She is a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher who enjoys running, international travel and all kinds of vegetables. See all of Stepfanie's articles.

Member Comments

  • I think #17 is counterproductive
    /false. There's no single indulgence that will set you set you back "weeks of work," as it says. A cookie will not do that. A cheeseburger will not do that. The problem is, if you keep asking yourself, "what are the consequences of THIS indulgence?," the answer is always going to be, "one single indulgence isn't going to make or break my diet." And then you can justify it, over and over again, which IS a big deal.
    - 10/31/2013 2:17:41 PM
  • Some of you are being bit picky with these, especially #25. The point is, don't eat everything on your plate!!! What you do with it is up to you!! I give mine to my dog. Am I awful for not giving half of my uneaten food to the homeless??? What??!!??! If it is a high calorie treat, uh, nooooo....I'm not saving it for tomorrow. It was a treat today!
    - 1/28/2013 1:19:34 PM
  • I think number 25 is absolutely misleading and the "trick" of using salt, sugar, anything to 'ruin' your mean is a tactic used by people who have unhealthy problems with food. That is not a healthy habit to get into and is borderline destructive behavior. Not to mention being wasteful is an unfavorable habit as well and as another member mentioned, there is such thing as popping the leftovers in the fridge and saving them for the next day/week or you could even give it to someone else to eat if you feel so tempted to do so yourself! - 12/19/2012 9:39:25 PM
  • with the chocolate thing i replace that with carnations instant breakfast. tastes really good and it gives me about 14 grams of protein and all sorts of vitamins and minerals. and fills me up. Ive recently given up soda and Ive realized that it inst the caffeine or even the flavor of Pepsi i grave its the carbonation. i love the bubbles. so my friend just stocked me up on flavored carbonated water. its got no calories sugar or anything else in it just bubbly water with some flavor. tastes good gives me my water and relives my bubble craving. its helping. - 12/19/2012 3:05:05 PM
  • @CHOO2233

    I agree that merely foods away is indeed wasteful, but that does NOT mean that we are obligated to eat everything stored in our cabinets / pantry. there are food pantries, food banks, and soup kitchens that would gladly take unopened shelf stable foods - 12/19/2012 2:39:49 PM
  • Herbal Tea has been an amazing help to me. When I started this I was drinking no less than three 20 oz cups of coffee during work and probably 4 or 5 cans of diet soda a day. I'm pretty sure I didn't need all of that caffein!

    At work, I always have a cup on hand. At home I have this oversized mug that holds 3 cups and it's usually not far either. There are so many great flavors available! I never have trouble reaching my 8 cup a day water goal.

    I've beem doing so well, I consider my tea a treat and I don't use any real or artificial sweeteners in it at all. - 12/19/2012 2:37:08 PM
  • This is a very helpful calendar! Not all of the tips are useful for everyone, but for the most part, many of the tips provided are extremely useful - 12/19/2012 11:48:34 AM
  • All great tips for those that can use them. Some aren't very practical for me though. - 12/19/2012 7:04:56 AM
  • to each his own... throwing away food helps me sometimes to not binge eat. BUT the principle of not wasting is there - 11/7/2012 11:32:09 AM
  • Totally agree with the comments about #25 - I think it is horrible advice to tell folks to be wasteful. Why not just put the remainder of the meal in your fridge and then you'll have it for a second meal or snack later? It will be one meal or snack you do not have to buy (or plan, or cook) next time. I hate to be cliche, but there are plenty of poor, hungry people in this world, and part of being grateful for not being one of them is to not waste the blessings you DO have. Please try not to waste food. - 7/13/2012 2:16:34 PM
  • #28 works well - I do this everyday and makes the trip to the gym quicker and it is harder to forget all my stuff when I pack at night while I am wide awake, showing up to the gym with no towel... sucks! - 5/3/2012 2:40:37 PM
  • I printed this out and placed in my office and at home. #10 is crucial to me! - 2/7/2012 8:41:03 PM
  • I do have a treat now and then....but not very often.
    whenever I get a craving that is out of control, it helps me to think about wrinkles. Eating too much refined sugar causes wrinkles and so I picture myself in 10 years with healthy skin and choose fruit instead. - 2/7/2012 3:17:29 PM
  • I will try to put into practice drinking herbal tea, and envisioning the consequences. not eating meals at home is my downfall more than anything. - 2/7/2012 8:34:28 AM
  • For #25, I know that restaurant portions are way too much for me to eat (even if I'm not dieting, being given that much food makes me feel vaguely ill!) so often what I'll do is order a salad and something off the starter menu, or if the restaurant has appetizer portions I'll do that. Then I just leave whatever I'm not going to eat on the plate. - 2/7/2012 6:52:00 AM