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The Junk Food Kid Has Come To Town

Monday, July 08, 2013

One of my biggest hurdles has been mindless eating. After dinner, while I’m unwinding in front of the TV, I used to just munch. To help stop that, I put a ban on junk food in the house. If I really want say, ice cream, then I have to go out and get a serving. That way the temptation is gone (out of sight…) and the effort to get it is pretty big.

It was working out pretty well.

Then my new roommate moved in. She’s nice, we get along great, there’s just one small problem; she is the definition of the “Junk Food Kid”. It baffles me that someone with such a slender figure can remain slender eating Swedish Fish and Chocolate Kisses for dinner. She covered the kitchen counter in boxes of chocolate chip cookies, Mac and Cheese, gummy candies, and chips.

A couple of times I have mentioned to her, that there are free cabinets that she can use to put her groceries away. But, apparently, she views putting things in cabinets as a wasted step.

For a while now I was able to ignore it. But it’s been wearing on me. I keep thinking about getting gummy candy, like the huge box she has in the kitchen.

My option now is to try and come up with some tricks to get my mind off, junk food. (This is, after all, a challenge I will be facing the rest of my life, I might as well get used to overcoming it now.)

One thing that has shown signs of helping, has been changing the way I fell/look at junk food. Take pizza for example. The last time I ordered pizza, I stopped and really looked at what I was eating. I looked at the grease seeping through the crust. I looked at how the sauce turned the crust into a goopy, soggy, paste. It was rather gross when I really stopped and looked at it. Then I really thought, honestly, about how it actually tasted versus how I THOUGHT it tasted. It wasn’t good.

Another trick I am trying, is to keep fresh fruit and string cheese snacks on hand. So when I get munchy I can grab a plum or some grapes, rather than chips.

I hope these tricks will help in the long term, when my will power is low.
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