My list of what to do when I want to eat junk

I like to eat junk food. This I have shared before and for me it is an emotional thing when I have a junk food binge. If I am sad, or bored or stressed or tired I crave sugar and I can’t think of anything I want to do more than scoff some chocolate. I have blogged about when this has happened before.

I’m not talking about treating myself to a chocolate bar I am talking whole big bar of choc, whole tub of ice cream, even more choc and then some biscuits type comfort eating.

Sometimes it makes me feel better. But most of the time it makes me feel sick and guilty that in about 5 minutes I have unravelled days worth of good eating efforts.

As I am so close to my target weight I really want to be able to control these bad habits. I want to be able to relax with eating when I reach my goal, but if I keep having these binges I will most definitely end up putting the weight back on and being in a never ending weight gain/weight loss cycle. I don’t want to feel like I am on a diet forever.

What I do when I want to eat junk food

So I sat down the other day and wrote a list of things I should do or think about when I feel the temptation to eat junk. I want to try and focus on how far I have come and how important the healthy eating is and clear my head of whatever is making me stressed or angry. So here it is:

  • Think about how well I am doing with exercise and how much better I am now
  • Think about how close to target weight I am
  • If at work…change to a different task/project/campaign to avoid boredom
  • Think about how many syns I have left for the day…and then think about a nice treat I can have with them…later that night
  • Distract myself and focus on the good stuff by planning meals or runs
  • Think about how I feel today about my weight and body. If I don’t feel too great about it, remind myself that eating now will just make me feel worse. If I am feeling good, think about all the hard work that went into it and how much I don’t want to do it all again
  • Ignore the voice in my head which says ‘Just have xxx and then stop’…treats are good but I rarely stop at just xxx if I am in this frame of mind!

Are any of you guilty of sabotaging your own diets or health with the same bad habit over and over?

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5 Responses to My list of what to do when I want to eat junk

  1. Katrina June 26, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    I used to be like this, but like you say I am so impressed with my progress that it does make me stop and think.

    I have however started to make up batches of sweet treats so when I do need something I am in fact having something relatively healthy. My favourite at the moment is protein ice cream – especially as I can have this after I have been to the gym!

    Keep it up!

    • Sarah June 26, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

      Thanks Katrina! I have been trying to find new sweet alternatives too. I’ve found frozen berries can be quite good as they take longer to eat too!

      • Katrina June 26, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

        Frozen grapes are a good one! I always have a stash in the freezer!

  2. Beth @plasticrosaries June 26, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    Reading this, eating a takeaway, feeling suitably blimpish! 😉

    • Sarah June 27, 2013 at 7:31 am #

      I bet it was a good takeaway tho! :)

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