How difficult is it for you to resist the temptation to give in and eat your favorite fattening treats? How often do you find yourself picturing that package of cookies, candy or chips you have stashed in your home? How often do you give into temptation and find yourself bingeing on your favorite fattening treats?
We have all struggled to find the will power to resist temptation. Sometimes we rely on this strength to drive or walk past our favorite restaurants. Or we find the ability to pass on sharing take-out lunch with co-workers.
I love pizza! Can you imagine how difficult it would be for me to lose weight, if I worked in a pizzeria? And to be completely honest with both you and myself, my love of food would make it difficult to work at any restaurant, bakery, grocery store, ice cream parlor etc. If the mere proximity of the food didn't tempt me, the smell most certainly would.
We may not have complete control over our environments. But, we generally have the most control at home.
Create an environment that makes living a healthy lifestyle easier. This seems pretty obvious, yet most people fail to address their environments when beginning to create a healthier lifestyle.
Now let's address 2 of the most common excuses for not creating a healthy environment.
- I don't want to be the mom/dad who forbids tasty treats in the house.
- My spouse or roommate doesn't want or need to eat healthier.
The first excuse is easier to address, because parents are in charge of the home environment. The solution is to find fit and tasty swaps. Tasty treats do not have to be fattening or unhealthy to be delicious. If you begin to view providing your children with healthier snack alternatives as a gift, you will relieve yourself of guilt.
Begin reading food labels and search the grocery store for healthier versions of your favorite treats. Start to experiment as a family with new healthier snacks: homemade fresh fruit smoothies, sweet potato chips, popcorn, sunflower seeds, almonds and raisins are just a few tasty and healthy snack alternatives.
Begin experimenting in the kitchen to create new fit and tasty versions of your favorite fattening foods. For examples, see my amazingly fit and tasty pizza recipes. View this as an opportunity to teach your children how fantastic healthy snacks can taste, so they don't have weight problems later in life. Be a fit and healthy role model!
The second excuse deals with a spouse/roommate who can make his/her own decisions and purchases, which may require compromise or separate food storage.
Do not stock your favorite fattening foods in your home! When you keep a favorite food within arm's reach, you are creating an environment of temptation. Recognize the specific foods that trigger you to overeat and stop stocking them in your home.
Be honest with yourself. You and I both know that you are much less likely to eat a whole bag of your favorite kettle chips if you have to get dressed and get in the car to go to the store. And even if you love all cakes, there are certain types that tempt you the most. Ask your spouse/roommate not to bring the specific type of cake into the home. If they must, insist they store them in their room or a separate cabinet, possibly under lock and key. Do whatever it takes!
You are creating an environment that makes living a healthy lifestyle easier!
Remember it worked for me! And it can work for YOU!