Okay so we’ve sworn off pizza for life, we don’t eat this and we don’t eat that….because we are trying to lose weight. Everybody knows that – our friends, our spouse, our workmates and so everybody should be doing their best to support us with our new resolution to eat healthy. Only they don’t.
Contrary to our own expectations, other people don’t always make things easy for us. In addition, certain events also come along to conspire against us. The get together, the dinner party, the going away for someone at work party…..the list goes on. And for the person that is trying to follow a new and sensible eating plan, these events can sometimes be quite challenging. Often the very foods we have been succesfully avoiding for weeks or months suddenly make a BIG comeback poking their sticky, gooey, sweet and calorific face in ours, tempting and begging us to eat them.
Once upon a time, I would have had a lot of trouble at such food laden events. I would have eaten way too much and then gone home feeling pretty annoyed and regretful. These days though I like to employ a few strategies to help me through these unavoidable occasions.
A Few Strategies
There is no doubt that when you’re in your own home or your own enviroment, self control is well, easier to control. At home, once you’ve made up your mind to, you can clean out the pantry and get rid of the danger foods (you know the ones) that tempt you the most. This idea works because basically you can’t eat what isn’t there.
Not so however, when you venture out. This is when a little forward planning and mental preparation can make all the difference.
First, take time to visualise the event you will be attending. Picture the people, the meal and see yourself standing or sitting there amidst it all. See the tempting food. Then, take time to decide there and then what (and how much) you will eat. Picture it on your plate. Smaller portions, healthy choices. Nothing more.
If a picture of a huge dessert or extra serves of a favourite food come into play while your doing this little mental exercise, try the following. Whilst still visualising the food, make a mental image of yourself shaking your head and saying no thanks. Yes, it’s simple. But it’s powerful and it works.
Repeat the visulisation as many times as you feel the need and then, when the event happens, your subconscious will already be programmed for better choices.
Another trick is to pack your own healthy snacks and take them with you to the party or get together. If it is not a sit down meal with a set menu, but rather a table full of random food items, then having a healthy and prepared snack as a substitute, can be a life saver.
Lastly, never leave the house ravevously hungry!! Always ensure you have had a filling (but calorie controlled) snack before going out. Oh and don’t forget your water habit which I talked about a few posts ago. If you missed it and would like to have a read then, check it out here https://monsbiz.wordpress.com/2010/05/25/can-you-burn-fat-with-food/
The Last Bit
So dear friends….we all need to think ahead with our food choices when we are on a weight loss journey, especially when the amount and type of food presented is (seemingly) out of our control. Don’t let the circumstance dictate your behaviour, but rather decide on your behaviour before the circumstance arrives. It is possible to achieve. Why not try it next time such a time arrives for you? You may actually surprise yourself with just how well you can control your choices.
Hope these ideas are of help to you. They certainly have worked for me!
I would love to hear about any issues you may have encountered in trying to control your food choices. Do you find other people supportive or do you sometimes feel that others may be trying to sabotage your efforts? You’re not alone on your journey, you know. Many of us have been through the same things, so feel free to talk or if you’re not comfortable with that, why not just say hi!
Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of the Reframe Weightloss team.
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