Sunday, January 23, 2011
When you hear the word "diet" you automatically start thinking of deprivation and lots and lots of lettuce. Visions of deprivation. Depriving ourselves of things is a set up to not succeed. I will agree however, that there are just some foods that can not be in the house. For me this is candy. I can't have it in the house. I will eat it. No matter where I put it, I will eat it. So I choose not to buy it in mass quantities like I used to. Now, once in a while I will reward myself with a regular size Hershey Dark. I don't eat it all at once, though I absolutely could. No, I just eat a little at a time. Savor it, and make it last. It is flexible restraint.
Just like those rubber bands, we need to be flexible, but with some restraint. I would not buy a bag of Herhseys Minis because I know I would end up eating most, if not all of them. So I gave them up. But I still get my chocolate fix with that regular chocolate bar. Flexible restraint.
I can bake cookies or brownies from a mix and not even give them a second glance. Why? Because I know the difference between box and scratch. If I make cookies from scratch--which is rare. It is hard for me not to eat and eat those yummy things. So I choose not to make them very often.
But there are things we just will not give up. And guess what? You don't have to! I like hot chocolate at night. Yum. I tried the diet stuff. Gag! No thanks. Tried sugar free. Ugh! Just give me the regular stuff. I am not drinking gallons of it. I just want a nice cup of it now and then. And sometimes, I get an extra special treat of hot chocolate from Starbuck's. Sheer heaven.
We can exercise a little flexible restraint(and portion control) and not have to give up the things we love. If it proves to be too much, perhaps for a time you need to have it away from you. Then you can try again later. What foods or treats will you not give up? How will you exercise flexible restraint!