Originally Posted by Mrs Rock Chick
I find it hard to rid the house of all that I eat in overmoderation though because I feel like I'm depriving the children of goodies by doing that, so I think I will just have to be strong and hold out.
Of course we are all different, but I tried that strategy for years, decades in fact and it just doesn't work. The definition of insanity - doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting a different result. I couldn't rely on my strength - I was done being fat. I had to look at my history and I knew a change had to occur. A big one. I had to set myself up for success. You can't eat it is it's not there. I am a sugar addict. And like any addict, we don't do moderation. Just ask any alcoholic. Obviously, I've gotten a grip on it to a very large extent, but it's still there and there will be certain foods that will NEVER enter my home.
I have learned that it is no deprivation in not eating *junk*. I have learned that the deprivation is EATING the junk - and remaining fat.
So though I got rid of the *junk* , no one was deprived. I taught myself and my family what a real *goodie* is. It's foods that taste GREAT and are GREAT for you. We had to rethink what a treat is. There is always delicious foods on hand here for snacking - in season fruits, baked apples with walnuts, cinnamon, maple syrup and raisins, poached pears, cut up veggies and salsa, fat free yogurt, sugar free jello, frozen banana slices, popcorn...
Those other treats, the cookies, cake, etc - the sugar/fat laden ones - those are once in a while things. Not every day things.
If you feel that you must have stuff on hand for the kids, I would hope that you would make it a minimal amount and make it the stuff that really doesn't call out to you. I'd also urge you to think of it as *their* food, it's their's, not yours, it's not intended for you, it's not earmarked for you. I'd make it a DEFINITE NO. This way you don't make an option to even START eating it.
It really isn't about going on a diet, but about overhauling your lifestyle, losing the bad habits and incorporating new healthy habits into it. You're looking to create a new normal. For you and your family.