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Time for a Change

Day 8: Lead Us Not Into Temptation

on June 14, 2013

Going into my second week I am now 2lbs lighter which I am very happy about. My willpower held up pretty well last week and, for the first time that I remember, I was able to totally ignore chocolate and crisps in the house, which is really unheard of for me! Here is what I had to contend with lurking in the kitchen cupboards..

bad fats and sugar

So I thought I’d put together some tips for avoiding temptation and boosting willpower:

  1. When shopping for food don’t go down the aisles containing biscuits, crisps, chocolate, cakes etc. If you have to pass by them, on the way to somewhere else, dont’ look at them and don’t stop! Never enter a food shop when you are starving hungry!
  2. Get rid of any tempting foods lurking in the cupboards. Don’t pretend it’s there ‘for the kids’. If the kids need a stash of sweets, get them to hide the goodies somewhere that you wont stumble across them!
  3. Make sure you have some healthy alternatives to snack on – fruit, low fat yogurt, nuts. I keep a bar of 70% dark chocolate for when I am desperate for something chocolatey. One square, sucked very slowly does the trick! Don’t wait till you are starving before you next eat.
  4. Plan ahead. Make sure you know what you will be eating for the next few days – breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and snacks and ensure you have the ingredients to hand. Have some healthy emergency recipes made with ‘store cupboard’ ingredients  that you can fall back on if needed.
  5. Keep things simple. Repeat meals you enjoy. Make enough to last 2 days or freeze batches of favourite meals, so planning is less hassle.
  6. Don’t weight yourself every day – once a week is enough.
  7. Keep a food diary and write down EVERYTHING or better still, start a blog!
  8. Eat a decent breakfast, ideally one that contains protein and fibre to keep you fuller for longer.
  9. Remind yourself why you are doing this. I reminded myself this week with a couple of good hard looks in the mirror (see The Stranger in the Mirror). Don’t hide under layers of baggy clothes. Take photos of yourself as you progress. Make a ‘mood board’ of pictures that inspire you to eat healthily, e.g. pictures of delicious healthy food, people you admire, photos of you that you like.
  10. Finally, If you do slip up and scoff a cheeseburger and fries or a packet of biscuits in front of the telly then don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s not a reason (or excuse) to jeopardise your whole plan and undo all the good work you have done. Just put it behind you and get back to eating healthily again.

Food Diary – Day 8

Breakfast: Half a grapefruit, Slice of Menopause Cake (see recipe pages) spread with tahini

Lunch: A few crisps with cream cheese and chilli dip, Tortilla with peppers and haloumi, green salad, a few chocolate buttons (I was at a friend’s for lunch hence the temptations, but I managed to limit the damage!)

Dinner: Peppered mackerel, rocket (arugula), cheery tomatoes, pitta bread & hummus – see lunch recipe page

peppered mackerel salad

Snacks & Drinks: Herbal teas, diluted orange juice

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