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Snack Aisle Conversations: DALID414 isn't talking to herself . . . .

Sunday, July 14, 2013

DALID14 responds to my convenience store tale of woe and tells me how to avoid snack aisle temptations . . . which is very helpful. She just talks to the stuff and orders it to remain on the shelves!! And it works for her . . .

I responded as below:

Love your snack aisle conversations -- inspiring! In grocery stores I can pretty much avoid the snack aisle -- although the ice cream is in the same freezer section as the frozen mixed berries and frozen veggies which I do want . . . The convenience store is of course tougher with all the great stuff within eyesight! And I don't usually go to the convenience store with the ice cream . . . . sigh. Will try to avoid it in future!! Most of will power for me is simply avoiding temptation in the first place.

How come I have to keep learning that will power isn't the key? It's avoiding temptation. Really. And when I went into that particular convenience store yesterday I was well aware it was "the one" with the ice cream.

Shoulda kept on driving.

Shoulda just gone to my regular convenience store!

The newspapers are the same everywhere, right??
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    I find it easy to avoid aisles and what you dont buy and put in your cart and take home; you wont eat. Selecting a healthier substitue is better. Not denying ones sweet tooth but eating more fruits and snacks that have less carbs. I find if I buy within reason some snacks that are healthier its better than avoiding them altogether. (I have a strong will for things like that) .... and I tell myself... sugar is fattening and even when you think its good for you, like coconut... can be fattening.

    I got thru three weeks now without going down the candy aisle.... not a single Mound was bought in those 4 weeks. But my weight has stalled. Sometimes, Change takes time and so does going off all those sugary things, and avoiding such aisles. But aiming for tackling one bad habit of ones behavior , one at a time, is a safe adventure while avoiding those "bad aisles" .

    some people think by having substitute sugar beverages that they are doing a good thing for their bodies, because its not loaded with sugar, but sometimes such choices are worst than the original sugary sweet! Many of those substitutes cause cancer and liver damage! Stay with all natural sugars its less dangerous than those sugar substitutes! ( Some make you actually eat more! )They even make you less able to deal with gas/ belching and "farting" whcih are signs of fake sugars substitutes, the "belly revenge!"

    so for me, I prefer to stick to fruit over any sugar substitue. Its healthier for you too. My favorite summer sweets are watermelon and peaches! Both also keep you cool! Both loaded with all natural sweetness and also both are natural laxatives! (which can help you lose weight!) )I lost two pounds just eating those fruits and I eat more than my share of them. (we go thru a whole watermelon in one week!) It also helps keep water inside you when its HOT. Watermelon and peaches keep me cool. My two favorite summer sweets, and its easier to eat healthier and go off sweets at the same time and during the summer is the best time to make changes to ones diet! Best time for making a diet change is in the summer time. TRy it, you'll love it! emoticon
    1739 days ago
    I understand completely. My temptations are so hard to avoid. They're always prominently displayed "on sale" or even "buy one, get one free" I must avert my eyes.
    1741 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I agree about avoiding temptation as much as possible. I spent the day in an airport remembering all of the sugar things I used to eat, mainly because I was watching everyone else eat them!
    Talking to the triggers might help..but it is far better to stay away from them!

    1744 days ago
    Sometimes, though, I'll walk through or by a bakery and sniff everything, and just walk on by, to prove my inner strength.
    1745 days ago
    I know what you mean about avoiding temptation. If I bring something good home, I will not stop until it's all eaten. I just have to not bring it home to begin with. I can't avoid the snack aisle because my husband puts snacks on the grocery list. He eats candy, cookies and ice cream all he wants and doesn't gain weight. He just doesn't want much at one time. I've seen him eat half a donut and throw out the other half because he'd "had enough". Sigh... When did I ever throw out half a donut?
    1745 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Ah temptations!
    What usually helps me is to play a game of "Would you rather..."
    Crappy candy at the register... or would you rather have the good stuff at the chocolate shop?
    You did: Ice cream or would you rather fit into your tankini?
    It is about what we truly want long term... not immediate gratification.
    You rule!!!!

    1745 days ago
    Not a 'shoulda' fan, but can relate to the avoidance plan. emoticon
    1745 days ago
  • DALID414
    Thanks for 'dedicating' this blog to my response. I was afraid you'd think I was a bit bonkers talking to bags of chips, chocolate, and ice cream!
    The ice cream is in fact in the same freezer section as the frozen fruits and veggies, I've learned to turn around mid-isle or ask the boyfriend to grab the veggies while I grab something else emoticon
    1746 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Hmmm, seems to me they don't stash newspapers in the freezer last I looked ;) So no reason to go over there or anywhere else in the store for that matter. Papers are usually by the entrance or checkout, so I quick in and out trip. I too, find its better to avoid temptation in the first place. I don't even have a confectionery in my neighbourhood so I don't even get to be tempted by my old favorite, the calorie bomb slush drink.
    Here is to convincing conversations of culinary correctness!

    1746 days ago
    I understand that there are times when temptation presents itself and you are able to resist for that moment. The resistance is even more of a triumph if you are truly taken by surprise and feeling genuinely tempted -- and more vulnerable.

    Please tell me, though, that once in a while you do plan in a little treat for yourself so you don't feel as if you are completely deprived and NEVER going to have that food again.

    1746 days ago
    That bully Temptation is definitely good to avoid. Much easier on poor Mr. Will Power anyway. Lets face it. He talks a good talk, but in reality he often ends up flat out in the floor, regardless of his good intentions.
    1746 days ago
    Unfortunately the ice cream goes off the shelf & into the freezer chez moi as my son & husband eat it freely. Today my husband was eating a bowl after dinner. I sat down next to him & said "You know why I'm sitting so close to you don't you?" He nodded & gave me a spoonful of his ice cream. That made me laugh.
    1746 days ago
    1746 days ago
    Avoiding temptation is excellent, but not always possible.

    How about distracting yourself when tempted? Rather like we do to the toddlers in the nursery that seem focused on some toy they can't have... offer one they can have right away, and play with them. It would take some thought ahead of time to discover that distraction, though.
    1746 days ago
    Tough to resist those temptations...similar struggle with our drugstore...which is why I love the drive through...whew!

    1746 days ago
    LOL... you know there is a word for avoiding temptation? In OA, they call it "abstinence".

    I always feel somewhat virtuous if I make it home from the grocery store without junk in the bags... it's a victory if it stays at the store!

    Spark on! emoticon
    1746 days ago

    Make today the greatest day of your life

    emoticon Until tomorrow
    1746 days ago
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