30 Tactics to Outsmart Your Unhealthy Temptations

On your quest for a healthy lifestyle, you'll frequently encounter the beast called temptation. Slay him once, and he returns stronger and smarter. Slay him again, and he rises from the ashes to lure you away from your good habits. Fear not! You can win the battle with these 30 tactics to outsmart temptation!

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Thanks, but will save the big portions for later on the week. When you are on a limited budget food can get expensive to bu. Report
Thank You so much for the tips and the calendar. Report
Great tips in the calendar! Report
ETHELMERZ
Increasing fruits and veggies does nothing against stopping cravings, makes the cravings worse. Haven’t worked in decades of doing it. Fruits and veggies are just “OK”, but really not that good, if they were, we would not have had these years of constant nagging......thin
k of the nagging and prodding, tips to put cheese on them, sauces , vile tasting herbs. Does not help. That’s the way it is. Report
great stories Report
I us3d to feel guilty for throwing food away. Then I would put it in the fridge and throw it away a week later after it grew mold and became a science experiment. Solution - when out, hubby and I split a meal; at home, I am learning to cook for 2 instead of a crowd. Report
Definitely not a fan of wasting food. Save it for later, share with a loved one, but don't waste food. That's the mentality of self-absorbed society. If you can't handle it, then perhaps treat yourself in a different way as opposed to going to a restaurant. Report
LIFESTYLEWITCH
#25 soloution is simple. Get smaller plates, I use a kids sized plate for my meals and I always feel full. My mind is set that once its all gone you are full and this has worked for me Report
LIFESTYLEWITCH
For me it is easy to outsmart these because I never deny myself anything, if i want the burger from mcdonalds I have it. I have found that eating healthy foods however, limits the cravings for the "not good" foods. It is amazing how increasing your fruits or veggies can curb the cravings for sugars, salt and grease . Report
I think #17 is counterproductive
/false. There's no single indulgence that will set you set you back "weeks of work," as it says. A cookie will not do that. A cheeseburger will not do that. The problem is, if you keep asking yourself, "what are the consequences of THIS indulgence?," the answer is always going to be, "one single indulgence isn't going to make or break my diet." And then you can justify it, over and over again, which IS a big deal.
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Some of you are being bit picky with these, especially #25. The point is, don't eat everything on your plate!!! What you do with it is up to you!! I give mine to my dog. Am I awful for not giving half of my uneaten food to the homeless??? What??!!??! If it is a high calorie treat, uh, nooooo....I'm not saving it for tomorrow. It was a treat today!
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I think number 25 is absolutely misleading and the "trick" of using salt, sugar, anything to 'ruin' your mean is a tactic used by people who have unhealthy problems with food. That is not a healthy habit to get into and is borderline destructive behavior. Not to mention being wasteful is an unfavorable habit as well and as another member mentioned, there is such thing as popping the leftovers in the fridge and saving them for the next day/week or you could even give it to someone else to eat if you feel so tempted to do so yourself! Report
with the chocolate thing i replace that with carnations instant breakfast. tastes really good and it gives me about 14 grams of protein and all sorts of vitamins and minerals. and fills me up. Ive recently given up soda and Ive realized that it inst the caffeine or even the flavor of Pepsi i grave its the carbonation. i love the bubbles. so my friend just stocked me up on flavored carbonated water. its got no calories sugar or anything else in it just bubbly water with some flavor. tastes good gives me my water and relives my bubble craving. its helping. Report
@CHOO2233

I agree that merely foods away is indeed wasteful, but that does NOT mean that we are obligated to eat everything stored in our cabinets / pantry. there are food pantries, food banks, and soup kitchens that would gladly take unopened shelf stable foods Report
Herbal Tea has been an amazing help to me. When I started this I was drinking no less than three 20 oz cups of coffee during work and probably 4 or 5 cans of diet soda a day. I'm pretty sure I didn't need all of that caffein!

At work, I always have a cup on hand. At home I have this oversized mug that holds 3 cups and it's usually not far either. There are so many great flavors available! I never have trouble reaching my 8 cup a day water goal.

I've beem doing so well, I consider my tea a treat and I don't use any real or artificial sweeteners in it at all. Report


 

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Stepfanie Romine
Stepfanie Romine
A former newspaper reporter, Stepfanie now writes about nutrition, health, fitness and cooking. She is a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher who enjoys running, international travel and all kinds of vegetables. See all of Stepfanie's articles.


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