Out of sight out of mind. In sight, in my shopping basket?!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I'm meeting my best friend tomorrow for lunch and to catch a film. I haven't seen her in about a week and have been doing well with exercise and better eating, but I always find myself more tempted when I'm with her. Don't get me wrong, I'm not blaming my friend, I probably just use her 'influence' as an excuse. I usually pack some cut fruit and water for when I go to the cinema, but she always has a look in whatever local shop for sweets/crisps/cake/etc for when we're watching a film.....and that's when all the things I've stayed away from come into view.

What else can I do to stop myself from feeling tempted? I'm not really one for sweets, but cake and a good salt and vinegar crisp is veeeeeeeery appealing at times! It's a craving for Kettle Chips, the malt and salt vinegar kind, that gets to me but I've yet to find a good alternative to help curb the cravings without becoming completely anti-social and avoiding shops for the rest of my life!

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    Eating before you go out will help...
    2139 days ago
    It's difficult for sure. I now just get a big drink and say that I'm too full from lunch or dinner or the snack I just had. I try not to tell people I can't because of my diet, sometimes it's easier just to say it looks so good but I'm just so stuffed. It is easy to eat "bad" things with others. If you are taking your own food, maybe you can make a small size snack, like 100 calls, to take with you and savour every morsel.
    2140 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    I'm with _RAMONA on this, can't you have a serving of Kettle Chips? Well, okay, I couldn't. I'd end up eating way to much.

    I've gotten to the point where I don't eat at all when I go to the movies. I figure I'd rather have something at another time when I can be more mindful of what I'm eating. Also, we're not allowed to bring food in and it's very expensive to buy there.
    2140 days ago
    How about a super big and healthy lunch (lots of protein), so you're not actually hungry at all?

    And, I may be different than most, but would a serving of the crisps be such a bad thing (I too find it hard to resist a good chip!)? Other than that, I would suggest adding some salted nuts or jerky to your snack stash... the protein and fat will be satiating, and the salt/crunch will be there, but it's still real food. And is chewing gum enough of a distraction?

    Whatever happens, focus on enjoying the show and your friend's company!

    (I'm glad you've decided to blog... your pictures tell me you have a lot to say)

    {{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}
    2140 days ago
  • BOB240
    Go shopping for shoes.. clothes... soft furnishings..

    Buy yourself a really expensive pair of shoes when you're with her then when it comes to the sweets/crisps.cake - declare that you've been bad enough for one day... If she forces the point then just image your ankles getting too fat to fit into the new shoes...

    2140 days ago
    This is your chance to install a new habit!
    Prepare yourself by deciding beforehand what you WILL have instead of the stuff you wish to avoid. Indeed pack some nice healthy treat for yourself.
    And picture yourself before the meeting just ignoring the things you dont want to eat. Picture yourself coming home and feeling content for having stuck to your food plan.
    Imagining it consciously beforehand will make it easier once the moment is there. Rehearse it like a job interview! Think of what you will say and do and you'll be all right!
    And promise yourself you'll make yourself something that you really like but that is healthy once you're home. You can think about that should you be in the shop. It's like with a dog: if you want it to let go of a bone it picked up on the street, it works best to offer it a dog cookie so it'll drop the bone! Promise yourself you'll have something nice & healthy at home, and you won't feel (so) deprived!
    Good luck!
    2140 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/12/2012 2:24:36 PM
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