Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Diet Tip

Temptation -- Be Gone!

I have no idea how that piece of double-chocolate fudge cake got into my mouth, you say? Yeah, I'm sure.

You were doomed to eat that cake the minute you put it in your shopping cart — even though you said to yourself at the time, "This will make a great occasional snack, one tiny sliver at a time" or the perpetual, "This would be good to have on hand in case people come over."

For heaven's sake. Why did you think you would stick to a plan like that when experience tells you otherwise?

There's a very simple solution to handling temptation: If you don't buy it, you can't eat it.

Listen, I get weak around certain foods too. After a tough day, I'm rarely in the mood for a celery stick. If I'm feeling weak and there's a fudge cake banging on the inside of the refrigerator door, I'm going to do the kind thing and let it out!

If it's in the house and you've eaten it, don't beat up on yourself. It's exhausting to keep flexing all that willpower. That's why you shouldn't make things worse for yourself by bringing snacks into the house that you know you'll eat as soon as your defenses are down.

The thing is, no one expects you to have willpower 24/7. You only need to stay extra strong for 45 minutes, once a week. Do you think you can handle that?

Of course you can. From the moment you enter a supermarket to the moment the electric beam opens the exit door for you and your cart, that's the 45 minutes when you need your defenses up. And I'm sure you've heard the No. 1 rule of buying groceries: Never shop on an empty stomach.

I know that temptation always feels like it's bigger than you, but it's really not. Make reasonable choices when your head is clear, and then you won't wind up with a kitchen full of caloric stealth bombs.


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