I believe there are 3 reasons why I’ve been successful to date.
1) I seem to have the willpower of a stubborn 2-year old while I’m in the grocery store. I bring a list with me and have no problems bypassing the junk food aisles. I mainly shop the perimeter, where the dairy, veggies and meat are located. I only venture to the middle of the store to get nuts and tuna. I picked this habit up from my mom. When I get home, all I have are healthy foods. My husband is perpetually disappointed but I tell him if he wants something, he can go out and pick it up himself. This method of shopping is best learned as a small child, so if you want to help your kids, teach them by showing them how it’s done. They do as you do, not as you say.
2) I got a hobby. We’ve all given into temptation, in the evenings when we’re watching TV, needing something to keep our hands busy, our minds off the reality crap we’re watching. We head to the pantry and pull out whatever looks the most appetizing and go for it. This is the worst time of day to eat carbs, but that is invariably what we’re drawn to. I crochet in the evenings. It keeps my hands busy, my mind off food and actually makes me a bit of cash – I make hats and handmade gifts and sell them for $15 a pop. (Interested? Email me.) If I feel like snacking during the day, I go for a walk with the kids. I only eat when I’m actually hungry.
3) I made myself accountable to others. I’m not perfect and I want my readers to know this. That’s why I’ve posted about some of my bumps in the road. But being accountable to someone, anyone, makes it easier to make good decisions. Getting a personal trainer works on the same principle. You have to show up to get results.
I gave my husband and kids their own shelves in the pantry for their treats. When I break rule #2 (and they’ve broken rule #1 by bringing crap into the house), there is less temptation. Even though their treats are right in front of me, I stop seeing them, because I don’t look at their shelves when I’m craving something (it takes some practice!). All my shelf contains is nuts, and I can eat as many of those as I want without thinking about it. I have also discovered the joys of coconut flour, which makes the most amazing baked goods. I’ll share some recipes once I’ve twiddled with them. I don’t feel deprived at all.