Stores deliberatetely stock tempting treats in your line of sight. It's so easy to sabotage yourself by buying and eating based on impulse. When you're tempted to make an unhealthy, on the spot purchase, choose to put it back. Then put the money you would have spent in a reward or goal fund.
You may be very surprised at how much you spend here and there on impulse buys you don't need, and often times, don't really want.
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Seriously. I do my best to try not to get worked up and upset about things over which I have no control. My stress level stays down, and it forces me to really *think* about what I'm letting myself stress. I'm much happier.
But it takes conscious thinking. "Do I have control over this?" If the answer is "Yes" then I will stress until I get the situation under control. If the answer is "No" I take a deep breath, and think it is what it is, and try my best to move on.
I find that am not nearly as tempted by the chips and ice cream at the grocery store if I make detailed menus in my Nutrition Tracker while I am creating my grocery list.
I plan the next 7 days down to the last calorie. When I go to the store, I know that if I add a treat, something on my list must go to keep within my calorie limit. I remind myself that trading junk food for a healthy item does not help me reach my goal.
Occasionally I do decide on the junk food trade, but now it is a very conscious decision.
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