Perhaps you are wondering how I can cook and/or bake high calorie foods such as the gooey cakes and stay skinny. I’m here to share. But remember, these are ideas that work for ME. I’m not a doctor, a dietitian, or a psychologist. I’m just your average woman (with some nutrition background and experience) trying to fit into my clothes. I’m hoping this will give you inspiration or an idea you can adapt to your own needs and lifestyle.
One of my favorite sayings is “better in the trash than on my hips.” My sister says, “Better to go to waste, than to the waist.” Here’s the thing. Eating junk can have lifelong consequences both visually and healthwise. In my opinion, it is better to throw food in the trash than eat something I don’t need. Just to be clear, we’re not talking about throwing away good, healthy food. I’m referring to “treats” that tempt me to overindulge.
Sometimes I rationalize by planning to share with others. But there may be nobody around at 10:00 at night when that last piece of pie is calling my name. So I squish it up (to prevent myself from digging it back out) and throw it in the trash. Even better is putting it down the disposal. Then it’s gone for sure!
I also use this mantra when somebody offers me “the last cookie” so they can throw the box away, or the last helping of mashed potatoes so they can wash the dish. What? “My body is not a trash can” I repeat to myself.
In regard to people who would use the “starving kids in China” line, I say, “where are they”? I would gladly give it to them. In reality, that second serving will not help them at all. It will just make me fat!
Here’s another tricky situation. Someone serves me a portion larger than I need or want. Leave it behind. It won’t matter an hour later whether you ate the whole thing except your pants will eventually be tighter.
What if I’m in a restaurant where I can’t get up and throw it away? In that situation I will salt it heavily or cover the plate with a napkin to prevent myself from mindlessly nibbling till it’s gone.
Do you have a thought or saying that helps you resist? Please share in the comment section.
p.s. The picture of the little cake on the right has another purpose besides just illustrating the sprinkling salt concept. I have an assignment in my photography class to take a picture that stops the action. In this case, the action is in the salt. Can you see it?
p.s.s. I understand if you can’t do this. I can’t do it with cinnamon rolls and certain ice cream. So we have strict rules about how much is allowed in the house. Like I said, we all have our weaknesses. 🙂