A great proverb: ““Good habits result from resisting temptation”
I can’t tell you how annoying it is when you are on a diet and someone (who KNOWS you are on a diet) offers you something NOT on your diet.
It happens all of the time. Temptation. Sabotage. Whatever you want to call it. It is annoying and it is real.
What can you do to prevent temptation? 10 Ways To Reduce Temptation:
1. Never go anywhere hungry. My father was thin and he used to go to dinner after eating a piece of chicken breast at home. I always wondered why he did such a weird thing. Eat before going out? I get it now. He was a reformed chubby kid and as an adult, he learned how to stay thin. I didn’t figure it out until after he passed away and I lost my weight. So, eat some protein before you go out to a dinner with other people. You will find it easier to pass up the rolls and ordering food based on hunger vs. nutritional need. Once you get good at doing it, it will become a normal routine or habit.
2. If you do go out, tell the server to not bring rolls and you will NOT be ordering dessert.
3. Don’t go shopping hungry and go with a list of items that you need, items that are nutritious and part of your diet.
4. Don’t keep bread in the house, if at all possible.
5. Always have protein in the house. Meat, cheese,eggs, Greek Yogurt, nuts, seeds, protein bars. If you are hungry, have a protein drink or some cheese/meat slices to kill off the hunger.
6. Eat protein every 3-4 hours and don’t go longer or you will be more likely to cheat. You are weaker in your strength of saying “NO” when you are hungry.
7. Warn people who have invited you over or out that you are on a special diet and just let them know that you need cheese, meat, nuts, eggs and you cannot eat grains like rice or bread and no beans. If they ask why, tell them it is for something medical or you need to be low sugar and those things convert to sugar. It is really no one’s business anyway.
8. Drink plenty of water or some form of sugar free beverage and keep full and hydrated on it.
9. If someone keeps asking you to try something that is NOT on your diet, don’t be afraid to say something to them. Don’t cave in. What they are doing is WRONG. You can say, “You know, I know you are trying to be nice, but that what they are asking you to eat is not good for your health. You don’t have to mention weight, just say “health” and they are more likely to back down. I, personally, have no trouble saying, “Hey, stop trying to sabotage my diet or my health.”
10. Remember that just because it is a holiday, or someone’s birthday, or the weekend or whatever the excuse–doesn’t meant that you have to eat something that will set you back for days after weeks or months of working so hard. I never really understood why we have to eat things like cake or ice cream when it is your birthday anyway. Who came up with that idea?
BONUS ANSWER: Get sugar free/low carb/gluten-free replacements of items that are sweet. There are bakeries now that make these things and you can Google and have all kinds of replacements mailed to you. So look into it and don’t just eat whatever crap comes your way. You don’t have to do it. Be strong for YOURSELF!