It's hard for me to resist chocolate and if I resist too long, I end up binging on it every few weeks or so. So I allow myself a miniature (bite-size!) candy once a day (or twice a day sometimes), put it on my tracker, and factor it in for my nutrition for the day.
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My coworkers like to keep mini-candy bars at their desks, and I like to eat them! But the appeal is that they are free. So I implemented a 25 cent tax on each candy bar for myself. If I want candy, I have to pay for it. No longer do I eat 4-5 mini-candy bars a day thinking they don't have any consequences. My quarters are precious!
When you want a whole slice of cake, or a candy bar, or anything else that isn't so great for you - practice some self control. Have a few bites or a small slice of cake, a mini candy bar, half of the portion size, etc. It is the small steps that make the difference.
I find that when I continue to say no to a certain food that I always end up over eating that food eventually. So what I do is say yes but I keep it in check. If I am craving chocolate I have a mini candy bar. If I want ice cream I have a 1/2 cut and I measure it.
So when you are truely carving something have a small bit of it and in the long run it will help you from binging on it later on.
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