100 lb. Club - Do you have junk food in the house?

01-16-2008, 10:10 PM
I was thinking about this when I just responded to the NSV thread. When my dh and I started our weight-loss journey on January 2, we made the decision to remove ANY junk food from our house. (Well, technically, there IS a little ice cream in the freezer.) This has worked so well for me, because I don't have the temptation right here at home. I can't grab a brownie or a Little Debbies snack cake just because I'm walking through the kitchen (or just because I've had a bad day, or just because I'm bored. . .).

I don't really want junk food here for a while, at least. It's much easier to fight the temptation when the temptation is still sitting on a store shelf!

For those of you who do have junk food at home, how do you deal with that temptation? I am asking, because I'm sure someday those items will be back in the house, and I want to know how to handle eating them occasionally, in moderation.

01-16-2008, 10:18 PM
Yep, there's junk food in the house. And even just things I shouldn't eat (or at least not much of). At the moment I get around it by planning everything I eat and making sure there's enough of things I like to eat.

(and then I do my best to keep myself from touching them)

01-16-2008, 10:21 PM
No. My "junk" food now is low carb ice cream and atkins bars. When I eat them I only eat the serving. That's it.

01-16-2008, 10:39 PM
Hi, no real "junk food" here, but there's enough ingredients to make something if I was really desperate. There's always popcorn too and because I can't NOT buy butter for hubby and kids, there's always a way to make it fattening if I want it to be. I just CHOOSE not to.

It's hard. I make my kids chocolate chip cookies and other stuff that I personally should not eat and it's around. I know, I know...should my kids eat that stuff too??

Well here's my rationale: I went to a BMI website recently (gosh I wish I had the address) and not only did it calculate at 43.7 -ridiculously obese but I found out for my sex, age and height, I was in the 99th percentile of women in my age category. YIKES!

For those of you who understand kid percentiles: my kids are in the 5th percentile for weight/height and sex. Which means they are little, little guys. So I figure they can handle the extra butter, cheese, milk, chocolate, pasta, etc....don't get me wrong, I try to feed them organic veggies and fruit, meat, and real cheese and butter...not plastic cheese (that's what I call cheese slices or cheez whiz).

Anyhow, I use my willpower. My drive to succeed over the temptation of the goodies. Since I make the cookies or desserts and also the food my kids eat (like the creamy tuna casserole the other night) I DON'T eat it. Period. I'm not saying I'm perfect...and I'm sure one day making goodies like that might just tempt me to the Dark Side (star wars reference)....but in all seriousness, goodies are everywhere. Temptations are everywhere. If I could, I would rid the house of all junk, but that's not the reality I choose to live.


01-16-2008, 11:02 PM
We have very little if any junk food in the house, what there is are things like potato chips and icecream which I can easily walk away from.. Now chocolate chip cookies, little debbie snacks or half of my favorite pizza leftovers sitting in the fridge would be a different story.. so they are banned!

01-16-2008, 11:06 PM
A little, but we've completely changed the way we buy processed foods, and foods that are easy to overdo. We have a liquidator store in town, that we usually visit once a month for non-perishable items. This isn't necessarily junk. Canned soups, canned chicken and tuna, canned vegetables, nutrition bars, teas, pastas, pasta sauces, cereal, nuts, beans.... are all a fraction of the cost of grocery store stuff. Often 1/4 to 1/10 the retail price. We're lucky that they often get gourmet and health food store stock in, so we can buy a lot of staples very cheaply. However "junk food" is very cheap also, but they sell it all in individual servings from 10 to 25 cents, so we shop carefully and buy just a few servings of the less than healthy stuff. For example, we shopped for the month today, and I bought four packages of shortbread cookies for me (individual serving bags), and hubby bought 4 individual serving packages of corn nuts for himself. That means if we ration them, we'll have one serving a week, and if we don't we'll have 4 packages in a short time and have to go the rest of the month without.

My husband used to stock a plastic tub with "junk" and when we'd have friends over, we'd pass the "snack bucket" filled with individual packets of all sorts of stuff. Lately one of our friends, who visits at least weekly has been complaining about the quality of the snacks in the snack basket. To us it's still full of "junk" that we rarely eat, but to him it's now "all healthy stuff" - mini-muffins, cereal and energy bars, sunflower seeds, dried fruit, "baby crackers" (we don't have a child, but the Gerber cheddar and vegetable cracker packs are only 60 calories, and come 6 for $1 at the dollar store)

We have no sugar added, low fat ice cream in the freezer once in a while, but generally keep sugar free popsicles instead. My husband is more likely than me to eat lower calorie versions of his favorite "bad" treats. I'm more likely to go for whole foods, and once a month ("that week") want "junk" food. I have to be careful not to have too much of any easy to eat food around the house, even healthy stuff.

It's kind of hard to learn what kind of mental and physical games you have to play with yourself to get this to work, but what are you going to di, except trial and error, and repeat what works.

01-16-2008, 11:15 PM
There is very limited "junk" food BUT none of it is stuff that tempts me or that is just a set up for a binge. There are never tortilla chips, potato chips, M&M's... Just some store bought (blech!) cookies and some vanilla ice cream (not my thing). These are mostly for DH and he can keep a half gallon of ice cream in the freezer for a month.:dizzy: I keep some Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches for myself. And some good quality (NOT Hershey!) dark chocolate.

01-16-2008, 11:45 PM
No junk, but it's just me living there. If I wanted to do damage, I could, because all the raw ingredients for cookies/cakes/bread are there. If i'm determined, whipping up a batch of cookies is no trouble at all. It hasn't happened since the holiday baking season, though.

01-16-2008, 11:50 PM
None of my favorite snacks are allowed in the house, but there are some treats for the children. Not a lot. Some hard candy, popcorn for popping, and some cookies that I actually made with them and didn't devour.

I keep there treats far out of sight and if they pop corn, they have to do it in the back room where I won't smell it. Usually they eat it when I'm not around.

They've always liked fruit and we keep even more on hand now for all of us. They also eat my cheese sticks, so I guess they are our cheese sticks ;) So, yes some junk but not alot and what is here is really far out of my line of vision.

01-17-2008, 12:03 AM
no junk at all in my house my daughter is allergic to food additives preservative and colourings make life quite easy lol

01-17-2008, 12:19 AM
No junk.. I don't have the willpower for it. The worst things in my house are sugar-free jello and pudding cups. I miss the junk food... I really do. I have days when I will wander aimlessly around the kitchen, open every cupboard, dig through the freezer, "just in case" there's a random piece of candy or some long lost ice cream bar there.

01-17-2008, 12:33 AM
Yep, and plenty of it. We buy stuff, stick it in the pantry and I forget about it. It's like we're packing away for when the aliens come and we will be barricaded in the house. :) I eat mostly all natural stuff, but I do indulge in some good old American junk food every once in awhile and feel no guilt about it.

01-17-2008, 12:36 AM
I don't keep junk food in the house. No one needs it that accessible!

01-17-2008, 01:30 AM
NO! I can't have it or I'll eat it.

01-17-2008, 03:09 AM
Yes, we have junk food here. Popcorn,snacks and such. My boyfriend is on the skinny side.Today he was upset because he lots 2lbs!!I was like how can you lose, when all you eat is junk! Well, he stoppped eating so much junk. A box of cupcakes used to last them a day, now we have 2 boxes left over from last weeks grocey shoppin. Plus there is ONE chocolate doughnut in the fridge..that tempts me everytime i am probably going to throw it out tonight. Anyway, Sometimes I ignore it, others i indulge its bad...but i do.

01-17-2008, 04:34 AM
I have nothing junk food in the house right now, stop buying it, stop looking at it in the supermarket… its better also since I live alone (for now) not to have to buy for anyone else…

… the only chocolate are the doggy chocolate drops – I may get tempted! Lol

01-17-2008, 05:09 AM
Yes, there's junk in the house and has been since I started my new lifestyle. I believe in teaching my kids moderation with such things and believe I need to re-educate myself to have a different relationship with such food if I am going to keep the weight off long term. I have my own healthy snacks which I substitute and I rarely want any of the other stuff and if I do I'll fit it in around my calories allowance for the day.

I'm not a fan of crispy/salty snacks anyway but do have a sweet tooth. For the most part fresh fruit, dried fruit and cereal bars will satisfy me.


01-17-2008, 08:39 AM
We have some stuff in the house, but lucky me I don't eat much sweets. I think I had like 3 single Doritos in the past 9 months or so. Maybe enough candy to amount to 3 Hershey's Kisses. My problem is bread and Coke. So on that note, we don't buy soda for the house, but we have to have bread for sandwiches. So I limit our bread purchases to only sandwich bread and I just stay away from it.

01-17-2008, 08:46 AM
I have a junk food drawer. (Though the junk food is usually WW cakes... WW candy....WW dessert bars... so perhaps better portioned, but still junk so it stays in the drawer.) It's at the bottom corner of the cabinets, so it's easy to avoid and quick to forget, but if I truly want something a little sweet/salty/crunchy/chewy/whatever I can get it. It's amazing how having the junk, but keeping it out of sight, works. Out of sight out of mind! (But, out of house out of mouth ;))

01-17-2008, 09:29 AM
No, no junk in this house. Hubby and I are both on this weight loss journey and trying to teach our daughter's the right way to eat. Before I started this journey, my oldest daughter...10 years old at the time....was starting to gain weight. One day, I saw her in the refrigerator about 30 minutes after breakfast. I asked her if she was hungry...she said no, she was bored! My daughter was already picking up our bad habits.

For us, this is not solely about losing weight. This is about creating a healthy lifestyle. We are teaching our kids how to eat healthy. My Mom didn't know any better, therefore, I was allowed to eat whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. I know better and have no excuses. The junk food is not healthy and is not necessary for our bodies, therefore, we don't keep it in the house. And, we must always remember that high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease..etc, aren't restricted to only the overweight. Skinny people need to eat healthy, too. We schedule treats into our week. Typically, we take the girls out for an ice cream or we might schedule a family dinner at a restaurant. The planning and leaving the house makes this a special event and the girls seem to really enjoy their treats. And, the whole family has lost weight and are getting healthier.

01-17-2008, 09:36 AM
Here's my experience. I had to get all the foods that were very tempting out of the house completely. I don't know what the definition of "junk food" is here--because well-made ice cream isn't junk to me. But, I cannot have any ice cream in the house, even now.

Certain brands of tortilla chips are probably junk foods, and also very tempting to me. I now find that I can buy a family-size bag, divide the contents into serving-size baggies, and in that way, limit my intake. Used to be I would eat the whole bag until all gone. However, I only buy those chips rarely--like maybe every couple of months--because it wouldn't take much for me to slip over the edge with them again.

This isn't just about losing weight, it's about how to live after weight loss. If I just decided "OK, I'm done," and brought back all those foods again, I'd end up back where I started--obese!


01-17-2008, 09:45 AM
There is, unfortunately, a ton of junk at my house. I'm not responsible for bringing it in, though, and I'm not going to be responsible for eating it! Like some of the others here, it's planning, willpower, and the desire to lose weight more than give in to a temporary pleasure that are keeping me away from the forbidden goodies. I haven't been 100% saintly in my eating, but I've gotten over the mentality that if I have one sugary dessert, I might as well throw in the towel.

I also make sure to have fruit, carrots, celery, soynuts, and healthier snack choices like that available. I'm finding that after a while, the crap food I used to like doesn't even taste good anymore.

01-17-2008, 09:54 AM
I have a looooot of junk food in my house. But since almost two weeks now I don't touch it anymore. And I'm trying my best to get rid of it little by little everyday by giving it to my husband in his lunchbox (he doesn't want to start a diet yet, so I'm waiting for him to be ready) and giving it to my mother in law. :D
I already gave my mother in low few chocolates and a bag of frozen potatoes ready to fry this week. I still have a mountain of chocolate, potatoes chips, white bread and bonbons to give away...:D

01-17-2008, 11:22 AM
Yep, there's junk food in the house. 99.9% of the time, it's resistable. I do allow myself to have chocolate and/or chips when I'm PMSing, but the rest of the month I'm really well-behaved. I dunno why I'm able to resist, but I'm glad I can.

01-17-2008, 11:38 AM
Since I do all the shopping most of the food in my house is healthy. When my boyfriend asks me to get him snacks I make sure to buy stuff I don't like and he does. That way I'm not tempted at all.

01-17-2008, 11:46 AM
Yes, there's junk in the house and has been since I started my new lifestyle. I believe in teaching my kids moderation with such things and believe I need to re-educate myself to have a different relationship with such food if I am going to keep the weight off long term. I have my own healthy snacks which I substitute and I rarely want any of the other stuff and if I do I'll fit it in around my calories allowance for the day.

I hadn't read this post before I responded, but I have to heartily agree with EVERYTHING she's said. I can't imagine not eating potato chips or drinking wine for the rest of my life, so I still enjoy these things in moderation and I hope that my kids will pick up on it too. So when I allow them to have some doritoes or chips, I give them a handful in a bowl; they're getting a treat, but it's a healthy serving size, not an entire bag. This is something I have to work on for myself, as well.

01-17-2008, 12:26 PM
There is no junk food in my house, although I do have "treats" but even those I'd classify in the fairly healthy category.

I don't see any reason for junk food. Also, your tastes tend to change with time and if you are eating healthy items, then junk food just won't taste as good as it used to.

01-17-2008, 12:39 PM
I know I'll eat it if it's around. I live alone, so I decided not to keep it in my home. I have to go out and get it and then I just buy the smaller sizes of it. I look at it as making my sloth work for me! :)

01-17-2008, 01:22 PM
I agree with other people--- I have an AWFUL sweet tooth so there are no premade sweets/baked goods in my house. I don't consider pretzels and low fat popcorn "junk" so we still have that (and I don't care much for either of them, so it's been good so far). My problem is that I still have a LOT of stuff stockpiled from sales that I can whip up if I'm tempted--- brownie, cookie, and cake boxed mixes... GALORE. Eeek. I made a half a pouch of cookie mix last night and split them with hubby b/c I'm TOM'ing and was too low on calories by the end of the night. So I had four cookies... I come into work today and calculate my calories consumed... WOW!!!!!! That pre-made mix and those 4 cookies cost me over 700 CALORIES!!!!

I'm going to a party this weekend and I'm cooking up a batch of brownies and a batch of cookies to GET THEM OUT of there. I can't throw them out b/c I'm SUPER frugal and I hate wasting money... and I can't pawn them off on my mother b/c she's trying to diet too... So that's what I'll do... and then maybe I'll put them in a tote in the basement and keep them there for when I have to bring something to a party again.

My "snacks" tend to be sugar free, 60 cal jello pudding cups (SOOOO good and thick and taste awesome!), the 60 calorie light cheesesticks, or veggies with ranch dip made with light sour cream. But that's it so far.

01-17-2008, 01:33 PM
We have stuff around, but I am trying to teach my children and DH to eat well also. 20 years of he and I eating unhealthy has worn off on our children. I have started replacing stuff like chips with baked chips, and salsa or pico de gallo for dips. The one thing I cannot have in this house is chocolate. I cannot control myself around it and am not ready to face it yet. :dizzy:

01-17-2008, 01:56 PM
It took me a long time but about a year ago I came to accept that I simply couldn't have any junk food in the house OR anything that I couldn't just have one or two of at a time unless they are a vegetable. So for example, I can't even have rice cakes in the house because if I eat one I will eat the whole packet. So, they just can't be around me.

01-18-2008, 12:41 AM
There are only a few things besides fruit, that I can keep in our home that won't tempt me to overeat: vanilla ice cream, popcorn, low-fat puddings, and homemade bran muffins.

Putting things in our storage locker does help some becuz we forget it's there after awhile; but, I just prefer not to have the stuff in the house, than risk eating them out of boredom.


01-18-2008, 12:50 AM
Unfortunately, YES.

Boyfriend and his daughter have:

Ice Cream
Flaming Hot Cheetos (SAVE ME!!! THESE TEMPT ME THE MOST!)
Chocolate Candy
Yummy Breakfast Cereals (I miss Cap'n Crunch)

I try to ignore them. The food that is. Sometimes when they eat, I have to leave the room to 'do' something.

02-03-2008, 03:11 PM
I've got an 8yr old so and a BF who is not overweight so YES...I do have junk food in my house...splenty of it! But, I also have splenty of healthy stuff for me! Since I do all the cooking, I always prepare my low-carb food and add carbs for my daughter/boyfriend. The cookies, chips, etc. don't bother me at all cuz I always keep "good foods" that I enjoy around so while there smacking away...so am I...only on the good stuff! I find having "good foods" around and prepared is imperative to resisting the temptation of aromatic pizza, chips, etc.

I look at them and think...if you only knew what you are missing, as I gorge on my creamy seafood bisque...hmm..hmm..hummmmm...yummmmmy!

02-03-2008, 03:22 PM
nope, no junk food. I figure, it's not real food anyway, I sure as heck don't need all that chemical junk and fat and sugar in me, so I'll save myself some money and not buy it.

If I have to have something salty, I have some nuts (measured out of course) and if it's a sweet treat I need, I'll have a mocha chocolate organic granola bar with protein and fibre and sitll actually tastes like a chocolate bar to me now LOL

If people are coming over I'll lift the ban for the night, but as soon as they're gone all the leftovers in the trash asap!

02-03-2008, 05:03 PM
There's not alot of junk food in our house. My DH has some tortilla chips and hard candy...that's about it. If I want any of that stuff - I'll go out on a "cookie date" with my husband. Or - have a bite of dessert at a restaurant. I do better if it's not in the house.

02-03-2008, 05:32 PM
his is a tough one for me, but I am replacing the kids' snacks and junk gradually. Instead of potato chips, now I have one bag of baked tortilla chips and some pretzels. Instead of cookies I let them pick some low sugar granola bars and rice cakes. Instead of pudding and ice cream, I have been buying them tons of yogurts. I know the Yoplait yogurts are full of sugar and stuff so I am hoping to find a lower sugar, organic type brand they like. I also keep fresh fruits around. Also string cheese. No sodas except special occasions. Almost always water.

For me, I replaced crackers with whole wheat Thin Crisps. I have boxes of Fiber One granola bars and Quaker mini chocolate drizzle rice cakes, but so far I have not binged on those. I keep baby carrots for my hummus. I CAN NOT keep cookies, or chocolate in the house. I binge.

02-03-2008, 06:23 PM
I don't have junk food in the house per se, as like other posters I am trying to teach my kids a healthier lifestyle. This is not always easy but it seems to be working for us.

Now, if I want something, I buy it and count it into my calories for the day. If I didn't this journey would be horrible. I have a sweet tooth [honestly, I was shocked at the calories I was consuming just at the basketball/soccer game!]. I do think it is working for my kids as when I do buy something it is no longer consumed within a few minutes but sometimes lasts a couple of days! We are truly living by the "all things in moderation" rule. Also, I have found that I want these things less and less - and that they do not taste as good as I thought they would when I get them.

btw, while I HATE the plugs from TBL, I have found that gum (I prefer Orbit) really helps with my sweet tooth.

02-03-2008, 07:28 PM
I have a few candies for treats for the kids but basically my kids eat healthier than I do. My husband has totally different taste in junk than I do so I try to buy stuff he likes that I don't. The main thing is I try to keep lots of healthy treats for me so if I do feel like snacking I have lots of good options. I usually keep, sugar free chocolate, cookies from the helth food store that are no everything, fruit, peanut butter etc.

02-03-2008, 07:33 PM
I keep two snacks in my house. Healthy Choice Fudge Bars and Animal Crackers. When I'm feeling snacky I usually munch on the serving size of Animal Crackers and that satisfies my craving.

But if any other junk food comes into the house, I'll eat it. Not just the recommended serving size, but ALL of it. So I just prefer not to bring it in at all.

Luckily for me, my boyfriend doesn't like keeping junk food around either, so I have some support.

02-03-2008, 07:47 PM
No junk food here. None.

Except for some little something to service my DW's two weird diseases:1) Chocolatitis, and
2) OneServingAtATimeitis.

[ Would you believe, one small piece, once per day. Imagine trying to live with such a person. ]

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02-03-2008, 08:21 PM
This is a really interesting thread.

We have no major junk food in the house. We have a thing of animal crackers my mom bought for my daughter while she was visiting last week. I have chocolate chips for baking, which my husband eats handfuls of. And flour and sugar for baking.

For snack food, we have sugar free jello, low fat string cheese, nuts.

But this wasn't really because I'm trying to change my diet. We did it a couple of months ago just to be healther and eat fewer processed foods.

02-03-2008, 08:54 PM
Yes we have junk food in here since my hubby, mother-in-law, and kids eat them. I don't mind it being in here, it actually helps me more seeing it there and not grabbing it. I have my mind set on one thing and no junk food gonna stop me :)

Healthy Mama
02-03-2008, 09:19 PM
Like many of the previous posters, we try to eat mostly whole foods, and have for many years now, so we don't technically have any junk food in the house - but...trust me, you can still get fat on good for you foods! My favorite binge foods are cheeses and breads, cereal, gorgeous buttery toasts, frozen yogurt, sigh. I have stopped baking any cookies but have made some low fat high fibre zucchini muffins that weigh about 2 lbs each. I'm the only one who likes them though :). Work is another story...but I can't control that.

02-03-2008, 09:50 PM
Yeah, we have it in the house (I'm just starting, so a lot of the junk is from the way I used to eat. Money is pretty tight so I just can't bring myself to throw it away!) What has really helped me has been logging my daily food in FitDay.com. If i know i have to write it down and look at the way it adds to my calories when I could have had something more filling for less, the sugar just isn't as tempting! I'm pretty driven by numbers and statistics tho, so it probably doesn't work for everybody.

I can't remember what post I read this on, but it really stuck to me. I wish I could give the person credit, so let me know if it was you! Anyway, what she said was "I eat 1) anything I want, 2) as much as I want, 3) anytime I want" but she can only pick two of the three at a time. If you get rid of everything at once, it may help so that your not tempted at home, but if you get offered a favorite junk food at a friends house it may be impossible to say no! If you can allow yourself to have a treat when you want it, just not very much, or allow yourself a bigger treat just not very often, you won't feel like you're depriving yourself as much (at least thats my case. I know everyone faces different challenges!) Best of luck!

02-03-2008, 09:57 PM
I'm a numbers kind of girl too...I like all of the reports etc.... This whole weightloss thing is a numbers game (aside from that pesky emotional component! :lol:)


02-03-2008, 09:59 PM
Not junk food, per se, but there are dark chocolate chips (DH loves them) and crackers - which aren't junk food, but can be red light for me.

If DH wants junk food, he will hide it so I don't have to look at it. Also, if he wants to make something sweet - he has to do it with Splenda. I don't like the taste, so I am not tempted to eat any of it.

02-03-2008, 11:34 PM
If junkfood is in the house, I will most likely eat it. The exception is DF's ice cream- I'm kinda picky about ice cream. But yeah, like Soulbliss said, I face enough of it outside of my house that having in my house would send me over the edge. And to tell you the truth, I really don't miss it.

When people visit, they know that they won't be able to "raid" my pantry, but I will be able to cook them a delicious and wholesome meal! :)

Jolly Molly
02-04-2008, 09:16 AM
I've stopped buying junk food, but my husband hasn't. Fortunately his tastes are not the same as mine, so I can mostly stay away from the junk he brings into the house. Cookies, especially homemade ones, are what tempts me. This weekend I made some chocolate chip cookies for my daughter and her friends who were sleeping over. They ate most of them, but there were a few leftover so I had two small ones for my morning snack. And when I put them into my nutrition program, discovered that little treat cost me over 200 calories! :yikes: THey were good, but not that good.

For me that underscores how important it is for me to keep a food journal and how important it is to plan everything I will eat in the day.