Last Fri we had a family bday celebration. Typically, if "dieting" I'd pass the cake up & feel sorry for myself while everyone else eats it. And then, for the next several days, I'd eat all kinds of OTHER junk, likely because I really wanted the cake. This time, with my new SP lifestyle (not a diet), I researched the cake online to replicate the same type that I planned to have, added it to my tracker under dinner, 1st thing in the a.m. & spent the day tracking w/ that in mind. It worked!!!
And you know what? That cake was good! And you know what else? I ate my portion and stopped right there, instead of getting seconds and thirds like my husband and grandkids did (and like I generally would have done!).
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If I am out at a birthday party or some other social function and the usual foods are available, I tell myself this... The birthday cake is not going to taste any different than any other birthday cake you have had over the years, so remember how the last one tasted and keep it moving. This is my way of avoiding unwanted calories.
I'll Have a Slice of Birthday Cake AT THE RESTAURANT!
I LOVE to BAKE! The problem IS I LOVE to EAT WHAT I BAKE! So, now instead of baking a birthday cake or some other sweet that will last a week in the house,I celebrate the day by eating OUT and having the slice of cake,pie or sweet treat at a restaurant! That way I have my cake "SLICE" and eat it too
I KNOW I WILL celebrate with some sweet treat,but keeping only one slice within reach and OUT at a restaurant fulfills my sweet tooth,sense of celebration, and keeps the REST away from my waistline! That helps me "teach" my body that one piece is ENOUGH!
you are NOT addicted to food... you are addicted to the way food makes you feel or a memory associated with it.
Often times we eat because we are bored (something to do), to procrastinate (after I eat this), to celebrate (Let them eat cake!), when we are stressed (chocolate), when we are PMSing (really another type of stress), etc.
We eat because we remember... for instance, most people have happy memories associated with cake (birthdays) and chocolate (boxes of candy)...
Sometimes eating can be self-hating too... to go against someone who criticized (like the mother that berates her overweight daughter or the husband who has stopped touching his wife).
You just have to figure out why and work from there. Like any addiction, there is a cause. Addiction is a symptom.
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