Sometimes I imagine how much easier it would be to diet if I didn’t share my house with men. There would not be even one food item that tempted me to overeat. Out, out damn food!
Some might suggest I just get rid of it all and force my poor sons and husband into my healthy way of eating. But that would so not fly. Mutiny on the home front.
Ironically, I have gotten very good at ignoring the worst of the foods. The very sugary junk foods. The very fatty and white carb laden frozen foods. Things like Pizza Rolls and Poptarts and iced sugar cookies with sprinkles on top and chocolate chip granola bars and potato chips. BUT, I am instead still struggling with the healthy foods. My husband’s bread thins, for example. One day I can resist. The next day I succumb. I hear them beckoning me from the other end of the house. And each time I go into the pantry, open the bag, take out a piece, all the while telling myself I will regret it, I wish my husband didn’t eat them with his meals every day so I could just banish them for a short time. Just long enough to get them good and well out of my system once and for all. Like the long gone Triscuits.
If I lived alone I could exert my willpower at the store, where it seems stronger. If I don’t bring the stuff into the house I won’t eat it. But I don’t live alone. I live with a skinny teen and a husband who is not on my diet plan. It’s their pantry too. They have rights to the refrigerator. But sometimes I really just need them to hide something from me so I can stop thinking about it! Like the leftover Halloween candy that I moved to my son’s trunk. Or the ice cream bars that my husband tries to sneak by me. On a good dieting day, I can see all that stuff and not even be tempted. On a bad day… well, let’s just say I can do a lot of damage on a bad day.
What do you do? Is there food in your house that you don’t want to eat but is there for others? How do you resist it? Or have you banished all the “bad” stuff?