Out of Sight, Out of Mind
One of the first recommendations that I always make for my clients who have difficulty controlling themselves around certain foods is to get some of those particular foods out of their house. If it's not there, you can't eat it!
But even with the best of intentions to keep only the healthy stuff around, special occasions come up, children want treats, you throw a party, or there are just some great leftovers that you can't bear to part with. What is a mom searching for her mojo to do?
Do you notice how you tend to grab more food or snacks just because thet're sitting out on the counter? How about when you wrap up delicious leftovers from a holiday or party and it's just a little too easy to find them when the craving calls? Here are some tips for making the food a little less accessible - and a little less likely to end up as extra padding on you!
1) Never leave food out on your counter, table or desk. It's a open invitation to indulge whenever you glance at it or pass by.
Wrap foods in aluminum foil instead of saran wrap. You don't see the tempting food and are less likely to be affected by it.
3) Put tempting food in a less convenient place. I put dangerous foods in the refrigerator in my garage. As I walk to the garage, it gives me an opportunity to think about how much I really want it. I can't tell you how many times I've changed my mind on the way to find my hidden treat!
4) If you love to bake, make things that you don't like so you won't be tempted by them. Or at least make things you don't love so you can enjoy a little and not feel like you have to have more and more!
5) Ask you partner or your kids to put the food away and not tell you where it is (my son loves to do this with anything BUT food by hiding my keys, wallets, cell phone, etc.)
6) Freeze it. If you put single-serving portions of your tempting foods in the freezer, you can defrost and enjoy a little bit at a time. And having to defrost it gives you that chance to reconsider!
7) Do not feel at all guilty about throwing tempting food AWAY! If you can't stay away from it, and it isn't good for you, there is nothing wrong with "storing" it in the trash! Here's a mantra for you: "It looks better in the trash than on me!"
Try to commit to putting all food out of harms way. Nothing should be left on countertops, tables or within easy access. See how much easier it is and how much less you struggle when you are less tempted. When you reach for food it will be more intentional, you've planned and allowed for it.
You'll also see that if you're struggling to find and recover hidden food like a crazy person, something deeper might be going on!
Do you have any tricks to control yourself around the foods that make you want to lose control? Leave a comment and share your tips!
Debi Silber, "The Mojo Coach"
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