Someone recently shared insights when commenting on an article, Are You An Abstainer or a Moderater?
With some foods, I am like an alcoholic. I have to be an Abstainer or I just start sliding right down the slippery slope to defeat. To keep the 'management issue' manageable, I try not to think of having to do without the food forever. Instead, I just work at avoiding 'the first bite.' (Learned from my friend who is an alcoholic...instead of focusing on what he says is the weariness of a lifetime without booze, he just works at avoiding the first sip. He says it doesn't seem so daunting. Avoiding one little sip is easier than dealing with 'never'!)
I know what some of my red light foods are. If there is a situation where I'll have to face them and I can't be confident of my capacity to self manage, I completely avoid those situations.
The article is interesting!
Your comments about sugars/carbs are spot on!