So let’s agree, the all-or-none approach doesn’t really work-work, from a manage your life, long-term perspective. Wouldn’t it be nice to think you could actually make friends with food, I mean, enjoy it without surrendering to it, particularly to food that holds you in it’s spell?
Making peace with food is possible, but it takes some introspection and a little planning. If you’re looking for a magic pill, I’m plum out and P.S. there are none. I do have good news that can work for you in your effort to not overindulge in foods that have power over you. If you address this albatross, I mean really address it, once and for all, you can live a life that includes good-tasting food that makes you happy, but you have to be willing to look at your less then symbiotic relationship differently. I know this is scary territory. But like anything in life. If you don’t face the fear, you can never take your power back.
I don’t want to make this seem too simplistic, but there is a basic principle that can keep you in control of your choices and it has to do with figuring out what you like and finding a satisfying alternative.
Replace don’t eliminate.
And not with diet foods or substitutes that insults your taste buds.Eat real food. Example: For chocolate and/or sweet craving, try Teddy Grahams or animal crackers. I really like chocolate animal crackers. Here’s why they work: They’re sweet and good and you get a decent amount of chewing per serving which satisfies your brain and your tongue. To address the quantity issue, when you get home from the store, dole out a serving, which translates to like 24 Teddy Grahams and 20ish animal crackers, then put them in ziplock sandwich bags. Have them at home, in the office, wherever. Eat them everyday if you want. No big deal. I’m not saying this one tip will change your life, but I am saying it’s a great way to start.