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#14. There is no forbidden fruit

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

There is no food that I tell myself I cannot eat. NONE.

There are TIMES when I won't let myself eat ANY food at all -- especially after 6pm at night.
(There are special occasions, of course that overrule that.)

And there are FOODS that I avoid, like candy, and most desserts. Too much sugar sets off a craving for more sugar, and that is never good.

I don't drink any alcohol - only because it makes me feel ill for days.

I also don't drink coffee, because I react to the caffeine. I drink decaffeinated tea -- with 1/2 cup of 1% milk.

As many of my SP friends here have said before - it is all about PORTION CONTROL

Many mornings I have peanut butter (2 tablespoons) and fig spread (1 -2 teaspoon) on a slice of whole grain toast. I love peanut butter, so I eat it whenever I want to -- for breakfast.
I just don't eat too much of it. And I don't feel tempted to eat too much, because I know I can have it again tomorrow if I want.

In fact, the only time I am tempted to binge on a food is if I feel it is 'forbidden fruit,' and I should not eat it at all. That is when I am most tempted to eat more than a portion, because who knows when I will eat it again.

It is so much easier to stick to the smaller portion today if I know I can have it again if I want.

So there is no forbidden fruit for me.

As a result, it is so much easier to sustain this way of eating.

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  • NANCY-
    Lots of great tips in the comments. As my food plan changed, my taste changed so somethings just didn't taste as good as I had thought. Sometimes I will just take a sample taste of a desired item, it is enough for me.
    180 days ago
    I tend to agree but some things just start little and end big for me. One thing often leads to another...
    But onward ho! To finding that balance.

    Thanks for reminding me that it is possible!

    Keep Sparking!
    181 days ago
    nothing is forbidden for me either i just need to get a handle on portion control
    181 days ago
    Nothing forbidden -- takes the drama out of it absolutely.

    But: potato chips are probably not a good idea for me since they DO trigger . . . a distinct yearning for more and more and more!!
    181 days ago
  • READY201811
    Sounds like you got this. I think I do and then I don’t. I need to be more consistent and get the this time I will do it attitude
    181 days ago
    You have found a formula that works for you! emoticon
    181 days ago
    181 days ago
  • no profile photo CANTSTAYAWAY
    I guess I have many foods that I don’t eat, because they trigger a binge....candy, desserts, etc. I don’t use the words”can’t or forbidden”, because internally, the defiant rebel within me,is likely to object and binge!

    I actually do have some of these foods on occasion, but the dialogue in my head remains...”I don’t eat that or not my food”. If not, I find myself indulging in them far too often.......resulting in my current weight!
    I also love peanut butter, and can manage it most of the time.

    We are all so fascinating, in the various ways we approach this quest for a healthy life, and isn’t it great when we can find what works for us! (Hmmmm...then it’s just a matter of doing it!)
    181 days ago
    I'm sensing a theme of good choices!
    181 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    181 days ago
    I feel exactly the same way. I love peanut butter. Don't eat late at night. Don't do caffeine, alcohol, or coffee.I also drink decaffeinated tea.
    181 days ago
    That sounds like a great plan
    181 days ago
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