Just A Few Simple Ways To Resist The Temptation of Food! Yum Yum! Learning how to say no is one of the most useful skills we can develop, especially when it comes to living a healthy life. The difficulty lies in temptation; particularly, our need to resist it in order to achieve our goals. Everyone of us has our one vice; that one meal we can’t say no to. You’ve probably been there yourself. The more you try to resist your urge; the more it persists.
Improving our eating habits is difficult, even when we are doing the shopping and cooking. But what do we do when we are constantly being tempted to eat more by the people around us, or the situation we’re in? While resisting temptation is never easy. Here are some classic scenarios in which we can take advantage and make it work for us. 🙂
A hot date at a hot restaurant
- We just have to order less food, and feel confident that the intense flavors will satisfy us. Pick appetizers as our entrée and share them, after all, it’s more romantic to make the meal a shared exploration of flavors. Also sample the creative broth-based soups or salads. And if we must have dessert, share that too, and order the one with the most fruit possible. 🙂
Your lover surprises you with a big bad box of chocolates
- Your lover doesn’t bring chocolate in hopes of watching you eat. Before surrendering to the temptation of what’s in the box, turn the surprising risk back on your lover and unwrap your lover. A little loving action can chew up 85 calories, and the longer you linger, the higher that number. 🙂 Then feel free to enjoy a single piece of chocolate, a Godiva strawberry truffle tucks a lot of sweetness into 105 calories.
It’s birthday cake time at the workplace
- Saying “no thanks” to our colleague’s birthday cake looks almost as rude as refusing to sing ‘Happy Birthday,’ but it’s hard to celebrate the 300 calories, about half from fat, packed into a simple slice of store bought heavy frosted yellow cake. The best socially acceptable way out is to ask for a thin slice, and then eat a small number of bites & pretend to go take a quick phone call at your desk & toss out the rest. (shhhh, don’t tell anyone about this rather mean tip) 🙂
Your friend insists you meet at Starbucks
- As for drinks, begin any order with the word ‘Skinny’ and you can cut the calorie count by up to a third. The best choices: a steaming 16-ounce grande Pike’s Roast black coffee, 5 calories or a grande Tazo Full Leaf Tea, zero calories.
You’re shopping and are fading from hunger
- Shopping marathons are situation that could very well happen on the weekend or almost every weekend as me & my girlfriends used to go, we need constant fuel in us, small boosts of energy to keep going. And keeping going is key. Avoid settling in at the food court. Pick up a hot pretzel, a small bag of roasted nuts from a kiosk, even a chicken taco, and nibble on the move. Portable meals, of course, can still seriously weigh you down. At Aunt Annie’s Pretzels, a pepperoni pizza pretzel twists together 480 calories with 8 grams of saturated fat. The original pretzel is no bargain at 310 calories without the butter sauce. But with less than a gram of saturated fat and 2 grams of fiber, it’s a good choice, particularly if you eat it in small amounts over time.
Our Girlfriends wants to go out for ice cream
- I remember when the few of us used to devour on late night sundaes, those urgent urges for an ice cream stroll by the beach on a Summer day. That was back when our metabolism could shake off 1,360 calories and 89 grams of fat. Forward to this present day, go with frozen yogurt or sorbet, which range from 100 to 160 calories, and little or no fat is probably the best possible choice. 🙁
You’re having drinks with co-workers
- When you hit the bar to raise a toast to a project well done along with your co-workers, have a lower-calorie cocktail that doubles easily for a soft drink, and then alternate between the two.
You’re dashing out for an early morning plane
- Probably the best place for breakfast in an airport may be is Starbucks. A venti latte with soy milk or skim. Add a banana and a yogurt to get your day started for less than 400 calories and in under ten minutes.
The only food at the picnic is hamburgers and hot dogs
- Most likely we will not win at a barbeque event. Most barbecues leave dieters trapped. Meat grilled over a fire does tend to be less fatty than pan-cooked. Go ahead and smell the burgers, but eat the hot dog. A dog on a bun with a smear of ketchup will set you back about 250 calories. That’s as many as the burger has in fat alone. So if you have to, load up your plate with the low calorie burger fixin’s, like lettuce, tomato and onions, to round out your meal.
It’s 3:30 pm and you’re hungry
- Before wandering to the cafeteria or fridge, start your recovery with a tall glass of water, which boosts your blood flow and, as a side benefit, makes you feel full. Ideal snacks for clearing your cobwebby head are hummus or almonds, but if your only option is an office vending machine, look for any hint of protein, those orange crackers with peanut butter, at 200 calories, are better than a sugary frosted cookie. Wash it down with a cup of coffee doused in iron-rich cinnamon or better yet with another glass of water.
Your family forces food on you when you go home
- Food is love love love, and when Mamma tells you ‘mangia’ and you don’t, she acts like you’re rejecting her, not her beef stew. Choose a little of everything to eat during the holidays or a weekend visit home, but only a spoonful. That means your plate will be more of a tasting sampler than a full meal. Remember. Another strategy is to make yourself useful serving people and cleaning up. It gets you away from your plate. You’re there to visit with your loved ones, not to pig out. If you can transfer your emotions from the food to those around you, you’ll live a long and happy life.
Allow yourself to Indulge just a Little
- If something is tempting, I drink a full glass of water. If, after 15 minutes or so, I still have to have it. We can still eat it and enjoy it! Just eat less of it. we don’t have to avoid foods, just be smart about it. 🙂
Once you get into the habit of seeing temptation in a different light, suddenly it doesn’t seem so hard to overcome it and stay focused on what you REALLY want – that beautiful, healthy, strong body. 🙂
Bonjour Wednesday! 🙂
Source & Credits: Morewedge, C. (2010) ‘Thought for Food: Imagined Consumption Reduces Actual Consumption’, Science