Chicks in Control - Foods I can't have in my apartment

07-23-2013, 03:35 PM
So maybe this is a lack of willpower but I can't have these foods in my apartment or they will all be eaten in a short time period by me...
Ice cream
Cream Cheese
Smoked Salmon
Avocados (guacamole)

Now if I'm out somewhere I can control my portion size (usually) but not at home. Anyone else have this issue?

07-23-2013, 04:14 PM
Me! I can't have cookies, crackers, chips, bagels, chocolate...really, most things that are snack-able. I have made myself buy super bland cereal so I only eat it when I need to eat something, not because I'm craving it. If I want a bagel (same as you!), I must go to panera bread and buy one (which I will rarely do). Everything else, I allow myself from time to time, but I have to take a special trip to the store for it.

Luckily, because of this, there have been SO many times that I have stared at my pantry because I WANT to snack, but there is nothing for me to snack on! So I shrug my shoulders and try to busy myself another way. It certainly has helped me!

07-23-2013, 04:16 PM
Oh yes.

Can't have most refined carbs, sugars, or cereals, sadly =( Otherwise, if I'm in the binge mode, out!

07-23-2013, 05:22 PM
baked goods such as cookies or cakes etc. Once I have one bite it is ON! I will snack on it until it is gone whether it be 1 serving or 10 or more :(

07-23-2013, 10:18 PM
Pretty much any type of sweets; mainly chocolate and ice cream. Eating a pint of ice cream is wayyy too easy for me.

07-23-2013, 11:31 PM
I will destroy classic chips, soft cookies, cheese and gourmet breads.

I'm okay with everything else.

07-23-2013, 11:59 PM
Double stuffed and mint oreos- definitely a huge NO-NO.

Queso cheese or anything similar to it but I'm fine with block or shredded cheeses though.

07-24-2013, 01:56 AM
Chips are still a trigger food for me. Really seems to be more of a mental thing, I feel like I need to eat the whole bag. :) I think I have a pretty good grip on the other foods, although I don't keep any of them in the house, but I'm not tempted to buy them either. still find myself tempted to buy the chips, but I know better. :) popcorn has been a big help there replacing them!

07-24-2013, 02:20 AM
Lots of stuff I just don't eat, out of the things that I do eat but can't bring into the house, all that comes to mind is jelly and other sweet spreads, no sugar, honey, molasses, etc. Only a matter of time before I start pouring it over everything and neglecting to count the calories. At this point if it needs sugar I don't need to eat it.

I can't give up peanut butter for the life of me so I can only buy the single serving packages, same with raisins. I've really wanted to get chocolate chips or a different dried fruit for a recipe I usually use the raisins for but they don't come in 100 cal packs and I'm too lazy to do the repackaging myself. Same situation with almond and cashew butter both of which I love.

07-24-2013, 02:25 AM
I do gluten free and I'm in a good place with that. I don't miss pizza, pasta, bread or most baked sweets. Ice cream continues to turn me into a monster though. It seems like my favorite kinds are always on sale, too....Can't have it in the house or I will feel like I need to eat it all.

motivated chickie
07-24-2013, 09:15 AM
I have a rule that if I eat an entire package in 1 sitting, it gets banned. Of course, I will bring foods back into the house only to have them banned again. If I don't feel satisfied with one serving, this food isn't for me.

My forbidden list seems long: snacks, sweets, nuts, cheese, bacon, and bread/grains. But the variety of fruits, vegetables, meats, and fish I can eat is pretty satisfying. I will have things at restaurants as long as I don't take leftovers home. That's how I get to still eat bacon. :D

07-24-2013, 10:24 AM
For the past few months I've been having trouble with some types of crackers (like Wheat Thins) and cereals (like Honey Nut Cheerios). When I was losing weight I could keep these items in the house without eating more than a bite here and there, but for some reason it's become harder during maintenance. I finally decided I needed to keep these items out of a house. When I get cereal or crackers for the family, I make sure it's a type that doesn't tempt me.


07-24-2013, 01:13 PM
Chocolate milk. Regardless of the size (individual, 2 serving bottles, an entire gallon) I will consume the entire thing within a day.

07-24-2013, 08:21 PM
I agree on keeping pizza, bagels, and cream cheese out of the house. I have no problem with sugar free ice cream. The best thing I have found for cravings is chia seeds in a smoothie. Stops the cravings and makes you feel full.

07-24-2013, 08:35 PM
Peanut butter is the big one for me!
Chips, crackers, or any kind of snackable carb.
I don't buy pasta because I know I won't be able to stick to one serving.

07-25-2013, 09:28 AM
I am gluten free, if I have just the smallest amount of gluten (whether I realize it or not) I am doubled over in agonizing pain and have to remain on the "throne" for the rest of the day. Needless to say, most things that I couldn't resist pre-gluten free (like pizza) are now not even remotely a temptation. In fact, the idea of eating a greasy frozen or restaurant pizza or cheeseburger makes me ill. It took 3 years to get to this point. I did really well until my husband and mother, trying to be helpful, pointed out the gluten free cookies at my grocery store. I really did not want or need to know about them. If there is a package of them in my house I eat the entire package (10 cookies) in one sitting. It is disgusting the way I tear into them, to the point of making myself sick. I avoid that part of the store like the plague. Chocolate is another major problem. Fortunately, I hate ice cream, most cakes, oreo type cookies, etc that seem to be common addictions. Yes, I HATE ice cream. I am weird, I know. I don't hate crackers, chips, or things like that, they just aren't a big temptation for me.

07-25-2013, 10:15 AM
definitely cookies, nutella, chocolate, granola, anything with sugar.
sometimes i wish my trigger food would be chips and things like that, that are salty, but no it has to be sugar :/

07-25-2013, 05:22 PM
chips, cheez its, and nuts. cant have em around or else i feel that i have to eat them all...otherwise they might be there tomorrow and then i'll eat them! my brain doesn't make sense

Mer du Japon
07-26-2013, 04:16 AM
At this point...I can't keep any food in my apartment at all. I literally have an empty fridge and empty cabinets. So sad.

07-26-2013, 05:23 AM
These are what I wish were not in my home now-
chocolate covered nut bars, chips, lollies, cookies, bread, crackers, honey, nutella....

When I was single I did well by never keeping any junk/snack foods at home. Doesn't mean I didn't go out and buy them and eat them in one sitting though. Mostly I have been wheat free for years in my "normal" diet but when I binge I eat everything. I have recently realized I am totally triggered to binge by ANYTHING sweet, even dried fruit as well as nuts, chips and wheat anything.

07-26-2013, 01:55 PM
I absolutely without a doubt cannot have Oreos, chocolate of any kind, my mom's homemade baked chex mix, chocolate chip cookies, or muffins. Not the kind that's good for you... I mean the big @$$ blueberry ones with the rock sugar crystals atop that glorious mountain of muffinness... or the cocolate-chocolate chip ones... oh gosh just thinking about them makes me giddy.
Yeah... back to reality... can't have them in my house. EVER.

07-28-2013, 11:43 PM
I struggle with "just one piece" or "just one bowl" of several things and I try to limit having them, ice cream if it's chocolate or mint, sour cream chips, chewy granola bars and various chocolate cookies....I struggle SO MUCH with sugar and chocolate ughhh

luckily i'm somehow picky enough that I can have a lot of snacks around for the kids that I don't like....I don't like cup o noodle soups, cheese/cracker snacks, packaged wheat crackers, goldfish etc., fruit snacks and stuff like that...I also keep healthy snacks for the kids also like oranges, celery, cheese, yogurt, bananas but I wont binge/overeat on those

07-29-2013, 06:22 PM
Chips! I can go through a whole family sized bag of chips in two days! Its seriously awful. Not so much sweets, Cheez its.. wheat thins mostly.

07-29-2013, 07:39 PM
They say people with allergies LOVE the taste of things they are allergic to...definitely true for me. Going wheat-free (because of an allergy) eliminated 90% of foods I would feel tempted to binge on. Even if the foods are basically the same, wheat vs. wheat-free versions will have very different effects on me. Oreos for example - normal ones I can't eat a bite of without something turning on in my brain that compels me to eat the entire package, but with wheat-free/gluten-free oreos I am perfectly happy eating one or two. I had to eliminate wheat completely from my diet.
I'm also sensitive to dairy, which comprises most of the remaining trigger foods. I still allow myself a bit of cheese or ice cream or something every once in a while, but I do suffer the consequences later (earaches, itchy sore throat, sinus inflammation). Low-sugar cultured dairy is the exception and allowed without restriction (think plain greek yogurt and kefir; unlike normal dairy, it takes fairly large quantities to bother me.)
All that said, the only non-wheat, non-dairy trigger food I've come across in the past several months is...potato chips. Yep. Those need to be kept away from me most of the time. Kettle corn is also tempting, but not so bad since there is never any in the house.
Chocolate seems to be a common trigger food, but I have no trouble portioning out a serving and eating only that, so it is allowed.

07-29-2013, 07:45 PM
Oh so many things. I am vegan, so that helps a little, but anything refined and carby is not my friend. I really crave carbs sometimes, so it takes a lot of effort, to eat enough but not too much. I only have 70% plus dark chocolate in the house, which somewhat limits my ability to eat the entire bar in 10 minutes. :) Also ice cream (vegan obv)

Honestly when I am in a binge mode though, not much is off limits. :/

07-29-2013, 08:29 PM
*Cereal* Of any kind - healthy or Fruity Pebbles - there goes my diet and my waistline!

If it's in the apartment, then it serves as my dinner, after dinner snack, and turns into a ridiculous binge.

Also, my husband's amazingly tasty triple chocolate brownies give me canker sores because I'm not used to having that much sugar at once.

Ah well - fruits and veggies all the way! :broc:

07-31-2013, 01:48 PM
I have a long list!
Hot dogs, bologna, pizza, lasagna, sugary cereal, chocolate milk, sweet tea, chips, any other kind of bread besides (white), basically Any kind of sweet besides Fiber plus bars; I learn the hard way about once a month on why I don't binge eat these :0
How long do you guys wait to bring back banned foods?

08-01-2013, 03:30 PM
The biggest one for me is pizza, particularly leftover pizza that's calling my name from the fridge. I've binged on pizza too much in the past, it's almost like a habit that I am trying to break. For some reason, I just can't stop thinking about it if it's in the fridge.

Another one is potato chips, but only my favorite kinds (salt/vinegar or cheddar/sour cream). I can seriously eat an entire bag of those.

08-01-2013, 03:39 PM
Nuts. If I have pistachio nuts nearby I devour them all! I also have trouble with sugar and chocolate. Currently I live with my sister and nephew, and she has things for him that I stay away from. So difficult! When I move to my own apartment next month I plan to keep my cupboard really clean.

08-01-2013, 05:40 PM
I cannot have the cookie/cake/cupcake mixtures you get in the box - the temptation to spontaneously cook at 1am comes around easily. It was a large contributor to my weight gain.

08-01-2013, 06:08 PM
Any sort of Alfredo sauce- I would cook a whole box of pasta and have it swimming in sauce (talk about binge) I just live my carbs and sauces too much to resist!

08-02-2013, 12:59 AM
In the last two weeks, including earlier tonight, I have had nuts three times, which are allowed on my diet plan in moderation. Finally tonight, it clicked: I can't eat nuts in moderation. I want to, but it's like that old Lays Potato Chip commercial, only instead of not being able to eat just one, I can't eat just 5-10. I'm don't crave them. I just have a hard time stopping eating them once I start. I'm afraid nuts are going to have to go!

08-02-2013, 02:10 PM
For the past few months I've been having trouble with some types of crackers (like Wheat Thins) and cereals (like Honey Nut Cheerios). When I was losing weight I could keep these items in the house without eating more than a bite here and there, but for some reason it's become harder during maintenance. I finally decided I needed to keep these items out of a house. When I get cereal or crackers for the family, I make sure it's a type that doesn't tempt me.


I've been having a similar experience, i.e., not being able to keep foods in the house that I was able to eat moderately during my weight-loss phase. I cannot keep pints of ice-cream, Nature's Valley P.B. Granola Bars, or Utz's pretzel rods in the house. This really bothers me because I feel as if I'm going backwards in a sense. Shouldn't my eating habits be improving rather than regressing?

Foods that I have never been able to keep in the house without overeating: cashews, T.J.'s cocoa almond butter spread, any sort of cake

08-02-2013, 02:13 PM
definitely cookies, nutella, chocolate, granola, anything with sugar.
sometimes i wish my trigger food would be chips and things like that, that are salty, but no it has to be sugar :/

Unfortunately, I'm tempted by both!

08-02-2013, 02:26 PM
Amen. I keep my fiber one brownies -- in the box -- in the garage. So I really have to think about whether I want to get dressed, pick up keys, and go out.

08-05-2013, 01:07 AM
A food item I tend to have a problem with is granola/energy bars, like Nature Valley Bars, Go Lean Bars, Clif Bars, etc... For some reason, I often end up eating too much of them!! Maybe it's the sugar and starch in them, plus I like the texture of them and how they feel when I chew them. I can just eat and eat and eat granola bars!

My dad likes to keep Nature Valley Bars in the house though, so I'm trying to learn to live with them without overeating.

Also, nuts!! I can do a number on nuts too. We rarely have nuts in the house though.

08-05-2013, 09:11 AM
Cereal! Especially raisin bran and cheerios, I love them. Chocolate milk, I can't have it because I can easily consume a gallon of it in a single day. And coconut. LOVE coconut, and will eat it excessively.

08-06-2013, 09:53 PM
I cannot have chips or anything fried in my house. My sister once bought a family size bag of chips and left them on the table and I devoured the entire thing in 30 minutes tops. I will not stop until there are no chips in the house so they're now banned. Strangely enough, chocolate, candy, ice cream, and cookies will last a very very long time in my cupboards/freezer. I never even get tempted to eat them.

08-07-2013, 06:35 PM
I can't have much of anything in the house. Absolutely no snack food/junk food. No chips, no cookies, no ice cream, no nuts or seeds, nothing. None. I cannot control myself. I also can't have things like butter or brown sugar because there is too much I could "make" with those ingredients. Not even peanut butter, granola bars, protein/energy bars or most cereals. Even cheese is a trigger for me. :(

My cabinets and fridge are pretty boring, but my husband doesn't care and it makes me less likely to binge.

08-23-2013, 02:16 AM
Sugar and anything with corn syrup
Diet Soda
And any kind of junky refined carbohydrate.

08-24-2013, 12:02 AM
Let's see,
Pimento Cheese, I ate the whole container in 2 days
Good Cheese, I was buying it as a treat, but I will eat the whole wheel in a day I am okay with regular block cheese.
Yogurt Dips, I tried the Oikos one and ate it and a bag of radishes in a day
Deli Meats
Pork Rinds, I know it was the favored low-carb snack, but sometimes I just can't stop eating them.

Being on Atkins I can't have the sugar or carbs that I was eating before, so a lot of my problem is just eating too much of something. My most recent binge was pimento cheese and radishes so I know I can't keep the cheese in the house anymore.

08-24-2013, 12:20 AM
So many carb foods, and ice cream. I binge on them uncontrollably, big time.

I have eaten the following, by myself, in one sitting at one time or another:

*A family size box of Cheezits
*Two entire loaves of sourdough bread
*A frozen pizza that was supposed to be dinner, but I wanted a slice before sweetie got home.
*A pot of spaghetti that was supposed to be dinner, but I was hungry before sweetie got home.
*A half gallon of chocolate ice cream
*A pack of Thomas's English muffins
*A loaf of raisin bread
*A tub of hummus from CostCo, with a pound of baby carrots
*A two pound bag of trail mix, before we even got home from the store

Those are just some of the more amusing things I could think of, off the top of my head. It's kind of sad, when I see it laid out like that. Needless to say, I don't keep any of those things in my apartment right now.

08-26-2013, 02:58 PM
My weakness is pretty much cheese. And anything that has cheese on it. Or in it. Or could possibly have cheese on it or in it. LOL. You get my drift, I'm sure. I can pretty much resist anything else.

08-26-2013, 03:27 PM
Any sort of Alfredo sauce- I would cook a whole box of pasta and have it swimming in sauce (talk about binge) I just live my carbs and sauces too much to resist!

Have you tried cauliflower alfredo sauce? (

You can serve it with zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.

08-26-2013, 07:20 PM
Sugary cereals, chips, guacamole, snack-ables (e.g., cheez its, goldfish crackers) pancakes and full-flavored (read: high calorie) enchiladas. I've loaded my pantry and fridge with uber-healthy items so the desire to binge has lessened somewhat. I also made healthy substitutions for my favorite foods so it's not so bad. Plus, the one "free meal" a week option keeps me pretty sane.

08-26-2013, 08:07 PM
I don't keep anything boxed/bagged in the house (e.g. chips, crackers, nuts, cereals etc).

I can only have fruits/veg, lean meats, eggs, almond milk... basically just whole foods around. If I happen to binge on them, at least they are high volume, high in nutrients & low calorie.

09-08-2013, 04:58 PM
I am a stickler for things that I will allow/keep in my house. Fortunately, I live alone and my boyfriend eats pretty healthfully. I have been wanting to incorporate nuts into my diet but find that they can be a trigger. They are not always a trigger. I tend to individually package my food and also do a lot of cooking on the weekends. This way I can get through the week with healthy food in my house. When I come home and am starving, I have no choice but to go for the healthier stuff.

09-11-2013, 10:36 PM
I can't keep any type of ice-cream in the house, or a binge will erupt. I can easily plow through an entire drumstick pack or ben and jerry's pint in one sitting! :o

09-21-2013, 01:41 PM
I can't bring in hotdog or baloney. And today I discovered I can't bring in homemade bread. I bought a loaf and except for 4 slices I ate the whole thing. :( Counted the calories at least and I haven't blown my day. Will just have to be really careful.

09-21-2013, 05:52 PM
I sometimes feel like a magician because I can make ice-cream, chocolate, cookies, cake, nuts and chips disappear in what feels like are mere seconds.
I'm okay with cheese as long as I don't have nuts or fruit to combine it with in the house, otherwise that's gone, too. Garlic in oil or olives aren't such a good idea either.

10-05-2013, 03:17 AM
i can't have any prepared foods/frozen meals in the house. if it will only take me minutes to heat up, it's a no no. if i'm hungry, i have to actually make something. it forces me to think "am i really hungry, or am i bored" etc. if i'm that hungry, i go cook.
also, no cookies or sugary cereals.

10-06-2013, 03:29 PM
My husband actually keeps Ben & Jerry's in the freezer and it never tempts me. Cookies, however - Oreos and Pepperidge Farms has a Pumpkin Cheesecake cookie - I will absolutely binge on. If I bring pizza home, I can't make myself stop, which is awful. So if I do let myself have pizza, we go out for it and I don't bring any home. And breads. I will eat a whole loaf of fresh bread from the bakery.

10-09-2013, 03:40 AM
So maybe this is a lack of willpower but I can't have these foods in my apartment or they will all be eaten in a short time period by me...
Ice cream
Cream Cheese
Smoked Salmon
Avocados (guacamole)

Now if I'm out somewhere I can control my portion size (usually) but not at home. Anyone else have this issue?

For General eatings or breakfasts use Egg wgites; To avoid bieng eating.

Nutrition summary:
Calories 17

Fat 0.06g

Carbs 0.24g

Protein 3.6g

There are 17 calories in 1 large Egg White.
Calorie breakdown: 3% fat, 5% carbs, 92% protein.

10-09-2013, 05:12 PM
I can't have raisins, sunflower seeds, almonds, my own trail-mix made from all 3, banana twins, apple strudel, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, cinnamon pop tarts, local cookies with nuts and sprinkled sugar, mint chocolate chip ice cream, menthos, reese's peanut butter cups, snickers, bbq chips, flaming hot cheetos, cheese doritos, sour cream and onion pringles, western cheeseburger from carl's jr., local Jack lunch and lindt chocolate.

Just making this list made my mouth water.

10-11-2013, 09:19 AM
Chips, salsa, guacamole (absolutely no self control on portion here, I could eat it endlessly), bacon, beef, beer, even certain lean frozen dinners!!!

I wonder if I just had corn chips, avocados, salsa and diet friendly veggies....I could totally survive on this diet. Love it so, so very much. I guess it could be worse? For me its all about portion size.

10-15-2013, 09:42 PM
I cannot have Nutella or Kix cereal in the house. Ever.

10-16-2013, 06:36 AM
Cake, brownies, cupcakes...anything sweet and baked can not be in my house. My son baked a cake this weekend and I had entirely too much of it. :( As long as it isn't in my house, I'm ok. But once it is here, it's in my belly.

10-30-2013, 11:03 PM
I just wanna say I love this thread!

Knowing there's others that are the same as me makes me feel so much more able to cut the foods that I can't eat in moderation out of my diet.These are nuts, nut butters, anything fried or oil roasted, sweets/sweeteners including dried fruit, chocolate/cocoa/cacao/carob. One bit of any of these and I WILL overeat or binge and it's just not worth it anymore.

jenn marie 87
10-30-2013, 11:41 PM
So I wanna say that I can't have any sweets in the house, but there are a few that I can have and never touch.

The main things I can't keep on hand include:
Ice Cream
Peanut Butter
Ranch (I will eat it with almost anything)

11-14-2013, 06:47 AM

I CAN NOT have any type in my bed. Once I start... it's gone inside of hours. I don't understand why :( but I just can't stop myself.

11-17-2013, 06:55 PM
Cashews, almonds, peanuts, anything like that seem to be causing an issue currently for me. I'm finding it impossible to eat just a serving.

11-21-2013, 12:29 PM
Hmm. I changed my eating habits almost 4 weeks ago and so far at least I've not encountered any food that can't be in the house. A few days ago we brought several grocery bags of food to the food bank, but they were foods that are no longer appropriate for me and that I knew my husband would not eat. We still have things like tortilla chips, ice cream, crackers, pilot bread, pasta, chocolate (uh lots of chocolate, my husband is a chocoholic), other candy, rice, bread, cake and brownie mixes, etc. I have "broken" and eaten raisin bran and a sandwich and I had some peanut butter and crackers when the power went out but I needed food and that's what was available. As time goes by and I've been eating this way longer, I might have a harder time avoiding certain foods.

Before I began to change my eating habits, I pretty much ate whatever the heck I wanted. That meant lots of carbs because I love carbs. I like plenty of non-carbs as well, but 90% of the time I'd choose a piece of toast over an apple because I liked toast better, even though I like apples as well! Even with me eating whatever I wanted, until a few months ago I could not keep any cracker other than saltines in the house. Triscuits, Wheat Thins, Ritz, especially not Cheez Its. I could eat a box in 2 days so crackers only came into the house occasionally. I'd also eat too many chips sometimes if we had them, but for whatever reason crackers were my big problem. However, I got ahold of my cracker issue about 3 months ago and was pleased with myself because I could actually successfully limit how many I had at a time and a box of Cheez Its could last a couple of weeks.

Other things I had issues with were my favorite carb-laden foods: pasta (mac and cheese specifically), potatoes of pretty much any variety, and homemade bread items like garlic bread, biscuits, regular homemade bread, cornbread, rolls... If I knew they were in the fridge, it was pretty hard to stay away! Especially bread items since they just sit on the counter in a container. For Thanksgiving I'm planning to have ALL of these items. Mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and biscuits! But I'm going to make small portions of them all, enough for us to eat (reasonably) over a couple of days and not have oodles of leftovers. In some ways I'm glad that I've cut out grains and starches from my every day diet because at this point I think it would be harder to have just, say, half a cup of pasta with my meatballs than no pasta at all.

11-21-2013, 12:59 PM
The only thing that I absolutely can't have in the house, a binge happens every time, is Jelly Belly jelly beans.

11-21-2013, 01:25 PM
The one thing that I just love and I don't buy because I'm gluten free is jalapeno pretzel bites. Damn you, Snyders, and your delicious little spicy nuggets.

I can portion them out and eat one portion at a time, but I shouldn't have them at all. Before I went gluten free, my boyfriend twice bought me a 99 cent bag and I put it in my menu plan for two servings per the nutritional info (one one day and one the following day), but that is just not a snack I need to be eating!

11-21-2013, 10:25 PM
dried fruit!!!!!

11-21-2013, 10:42 PM
ANything refined carb: bread, pasta, crackers, chips; or anuthing sweet: chjocolate, lollies, milo. I keep tins of chicken for salty cravings, vegemite on a spoon, some almond butter for crazy cravings and suger free jelly which I mix with fruit. Oh, and herbal/fruit tea is a lifesaver at the moment. This is HAAAAAAARD!!!!! Oh an d my poor partner is Polish, so he struggles with this. I figure, he can always go shopping/cook for himself :-D

11-21-2013, 11:42 PM
Jessie, I've been drinking so much tea! I've always liked tea but have 2 or so mugs of it a day now. There are SO many flavors and blends out there now and they don't have any calories since for the most part I don't add any milk or sweetener (depends on which tea it is). For the most part I drink herbal so I'm not getting a big hit of caffeine or anything. I love peppermint tea the most but there are lots of other flavors. Jasmine is really nice and right now I've been enjoying Bigelow French Vanilla a lot. It's a black tea so I only drink it earlier in the day and not every day, but with a little Splenda and a tablespoon or two of milk, it's so very nice. There are a lot of really small tea companies that make fascinating teas. If you want to check out some unique teas, look at ones made by ButikiTeas. I haven't tried any of them yet but they have some truly fascinating looking flavors and have really good reviews.

11-24-2013, 07:18 AM
Baked goods(cookies, cake), cereal, peanut butter. Peanut butter is my worst enemy. I still can not buy a jar of it (skippys reduced fat is my fav and no reduced fat doesn't make it any better it just happens to be sweeter and thats why i like it). But jif makes to-go cups now. the serving size container helps me and also that its not skippys helps too. I wish i could get past my baked goods problem.

11-24-2013, 09:46 AM
The only thing that I absolutely can't have in the house, a binge happens every time, is Jelly Belly jelly beans.

I love those critters too! I only get them a couple of times a year, always when I'm out of the house and expect to eat the whole bag in one go. I always enjoy seeing the new varieties in the bins and making my selection.


Fiona W
11-26-2013, 03:38 PM
I can't have cookies, candy or donuts in the house—not any for me, that is. My husband is allowed to have those things, but he keeps them in a special cabinet that is high up and hard for me to reach.

When we first started this policy, we were taking turns going grocery shopping. I had a problem where if I bought some cookies for him—his favorite kind, not mine—I would poach his cookies, standing on a step ladder if necessary.

So we changed our plan to separate grocery shopping. He buys his food, and I buy mine. If I never buy cookies or whatever other carbos for him, it's like I don't know they're in the house. Over time I have become totally not curious about what's in his cabinet. This is a huge relief, believe me! When I go grocery shopping for myself, I occasionally pick up a couple of items for him, but ONLY those things he likes that I would never eat—cottage cheese w/ pineapple, for example.

I know I'm blessed to have such a supportive husband. We do look forward to the distant day when we'll be able to cook for each other and eat together again, but not now...not during the long journey to a smaller size and better eating habits that I've embarked on.

12-04-2013, 07:17 PM
Rice is definitely my weakness TT u TT;; oh gosh, I can just eat it all day everyday...WHICH I USED TO! In high school, whenever i came home from school, I would make a whole pot and eat it before my parents came home! wow!! ^^;;

12-06-2013, 12:59 AM
What drives me nuts is not the banned foods (candy, chips, etc), but those I can have for a while ... but that will eventually trigger a binge.

For example, I was loving Kashi crackers for quite a while. I would have a few with hummus and plenty of veg. And for a few months I was ok with them in the house. But eventually I broke down and started scarfing them. So they are on the banned list for now.

Nuts are usually banned, but at the moment I have some in the house and they aren't triggering anything.

Last night it was freezing so I made some hot tea with honey and finished off the bottle of rum I've been nursing for two months (I count this as a binge even though there were only two shots left ... I only wanted one but I had both).

Sometimes I can have ice cream in the freezer ... sometimes I can't.

Dieting is crazy sometimes.

Mad Donnelly
12-13-2013, 09:13 AM
Me! I can't have cookies, crackers, chips, bagels, chocolate...really, most things that are snack-able ... If I want a bagel, I must go to panera bread and buy one (which I will rarely do). Everything else, I allow myself from time to time, but I have to take a special trip to the store for it.
This was post #2 but this is me EXACTLY also. For me, my laziness always trumps making a special trip to the store for those cookies or whatever. I miss having those snack-able things, but not having it in the house forces me to learn to adapt which I need to do anyway. I'm low carb which means we scour the meat prices and stock the freezer so when I HAVE to eat something, there's something there even tho there's no "immediate gratification" while waiting for it to thaw. But, again, that helps me to learn to adapt that hunger is not the emergency situation that I try to make it.

This technique doesn't work for baked goods that I lie to myself that I can freeze so it makes it harder. You can eat frozen rum cake and frozen Girl Scout cookies. There's no lag time at all.

12-27-2013, 11:08 PM
Stuff like bread, crackers, etc aren't that bad for me, but anything sweet like cookies.... Candy/chocolate is especially bad for me. I can't have any sort of chips near me or I will eat the whole bag :( Also, since I count calories anything that I "in theory" know is bad for me but that doesn't have a readily available calorie amount (like takeout, for example) I cannot have or I will go way overboard.

Sometimes I'll just go into zombie-mode and start baking cookies, telling myself that individually they aren't that many calories and I'll just have one, and I KNOW that I won't actually "eat just one" but I BAKE THEM ANYWAY... sigh...

12-28-2013, 12:19 AM
I have to have all kinds of stuff in the house since I have a fit husband and two ravenous teenagers. The trick for me is NEVER EATING ANY. So it is there but I never take that first bite. EVER. Here are some of the things I normally would binge on, and somehow have to tolerate, but seem to be able to resist:

Peanut butter
Chex mix

These are all IN MY HOUSE and I somehow manage to NOT EAT ANY. EVER.

But there are other things I am "allowed" to have in moderation and that's where I get into trouble:

Sour cream dips of various kinds
Low-carb cookies

I have to measure the dips/hummus/guacamole carefully and limit myself to one or two tablespoons or I will dump 3/4 cup onto my plate.
I have to weigh the cheese on a kitchen scale or I will eat half a block.
I have to eat only nuts-in-the-shell because then I have to take my time cracking them open and it forces me to slow down and eat one at a time. I eat a set amount of nuts-in-the-shell every day.
Low carb cookies: oh. my. gosh. I bake them myself, they are amaaaazing, and I can't resist them. At least they are low carb but they are definitely NOT low calorie! Ugh

12-28-2013, 06:48 PM
I used to eat a pot of hummus and guacamole a day and it stalled me out for months at 170. Dips are the devil.

However, everything and anything is in my house because I am married with kids. My solution has been to separate my food from the rest of the family's. It helps me mentally. So I have my own mini-fridge, my own pantry and my own part of the freezer for my food.

Drives the wife nuts.

12-28-2013, 08:25 PM
Specifically: Keebler soft batch chocolate chip cookies. That's the only thing. If I don't demolish them my son will in one day. My son isn't overweight but I worry about it at times.

12-28-2013, 09:35 PM
I'm not good at the moderation/willpower thing... And although I buy these OCCASSIONALLY, they are things I can't have around all the time.

Plain Potato Chips
Gourmet Breads
Premade Asian Food
Snyder's Honey Mustard Onion Pretzel Pieces
Cheesy Potatoes

12-28-2013, 09:51 PM
So I have my own mini-fridge, my own pantry and my own part of the freezer for my food.

I was thinking of getting a mini fridge. Hmmm...

12-28-2013, 10:05 PM
Amazon do some great ones. I have one at home and one in my office. Both different brands. Both great.

At home, in my basement, I have a Haier HNSE04 4.0 Cubic Feet Refrigerator/Freezer, White.

In my office under my desk I have an SPT 2.5 cu.ft Compact Refrigerator Stainless Door with Black Sides.

Obsessed with weightloss/healthier lifestyle? Yes, I am. But I had to be...

Don't ask how I managed to get a mini-fridge into my office. It involved getting up very early one Friday morning, and carrying the thing into downtown DC on a dolly on the metro. Tough. But worth it.

12-29-2013, 04:34 PM
I'm the same. I can't have most snack type foods. Anything sweet is a no no and stays outside my house. Cereal is the worst. I absolutely can't have it around or it disappears in a day or less. I know I need to work on that but for now it's easier to just keep the stuff away!

01-24-2014, 04:43 PM
I think that you will be amazed if you read Beating the Food Giants by Paul Stitt.

It is a book written in the early 80s and is even more true now. Mr. Stitt used to work in the food industry and it shows how the food companies actually put addictive ingredients into our food so that you can't eat just one!

I have it by PDF if any one would like to take a read.

Velvet bean
02-01-2014, 02:32 PM
I don't buy sweets anymore, but sometimes I get a chocolate from someone, so I have some in the flat. I told my honey to hid them from me, so I don't know where they are! :)

02-01-2014, 06:59 PM
I think that you will be amazed if you read Beating the Food Giants by Paul Stitt.

It is a book written in the early 80s and is even more true now. Mr. Stitt used to work in the food industry and it shows how the food companies actually put addictive ingredients into our food so that you can't eat just one!

I have it by PDF if any one would like to take a read.

Kat i would like to read it. I'm wondering if they still use the same stuff or things have changed at all.

If it is why i can't stop eating sugar foods, then it would make sense. However i still thing sugar and salt are major culprits. Anything that intensifies the flavours will do it. That's partly why i don't have such a problem with even fruit, let alone all the other natural unprocessed foods. They are just not so sweet, salty etc.

02-01-2014, 07:11 PM
When i'm trying got lose weight, Things i deliberately don't buy that are a problem for me if they are in the house are peanut butter, ice-cream, lollies, biscuits, cake, cream although i am using up the bottle of sour cream i had bought before my diet began. Luckily its full of preservatives.

If i'm in binge mode, nothing will stop me making a special trip to the shop for them. I think i'm like a heroin addict, though i have never yet mugged anyone.

I have never bought a jar of nutella for the sole reason that i have always known, i would go mad on it.

Cereals can be a problem for me when in binge mode, even the not very sweetened ones like cornflakes and weetbix. It then becomes the milk that i like so much. But i don't ban them when I am in a good eating phase like now.

Nuts can sometimes become a problem but when i am able to eat them just sprinkled on a salad, like now, they are allowed.