When sticking with a healthy diet it’s important to know what foods you cannot keep around without overdoing it. For some it may be a bag of potato chips, a jar of peanut butter, a box of cookies or a container of ice cream. Whatever the food is, it’s important not to keep it around! Some people have great self-control and have no trouble with any foods at all – if that’s you then you’re in the clear. However, if you find yourself polishing off a large bag of potato chips in 2 servings or finishing a pint of ice cream at one sitting, you may want to reconsider these purchases.
Last week, my husband and I received a beautiful holiday gift basket from his family from Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. We received the baked delight’s tower that contained chocolate pecan brownies, praline brownies, glazed lemon loaf, banana nut bread, and a miniature pecan tart. I immediately put the glazed lemon loaf and the banana nut bread in the freezer since they were only good for 2-3 days and are good frozen for up to 6 months. I will serve them at brunch in the near future.
I was left with a plethora of huge ooey gooey brownies and a mini pecan tart. Luckily we were having another couple over for dinner that weekend so I knew I could serve the tart and some brownies then. However, I would still have lots of brownies left over! That day, I really felt like I “needed” to try one of the brownies, how could I not? I served myself one on a plate, and it was amazing! Incredibly dense and rich almost fudge-like, just how I like my brownies. But guess what, after eating about 1/3 I was done – I had thoroughly enjoyed it and felt satisfied. So I wrapped it up and saved it for another day. Well over the next 4 days I had about 1/3 – 1/2 of a brownie each day! Even though I didn’t completely overdo it, I still do not need sweets on a daily basis! The only reason I was eating them was because they were in my kitchen! So instead of eating more, I decided to put the rest in the freezer where I will be more likely to forget about them and have them on occasion when I’m really craving something rich and decadent.
Nutrition Tidbit: Dealing with Temptation
- Do not buy foods that are too tempting to keep at home. If you really want this food buy it only when you’re out so you can have it in limited quantities. For example, if you overdo ice cream every time you buy it, then go out and get an individual serving size when you really want it!
- If you buy certain foods for your significant other or children but you end up eating them, stop! You can find other foods that they will be happy with that will not sabotage your own diet – so come up with some new options.
- If friends or family members leave you with lots of tempting foods or you have leftovers from holidays then freeze it so it’s out of site, bring it to work, or share with others so it will not be tempting you on a day to day basis.
Do you have trouble with portion control or temptation of certain foods? How do you deal with it?