Issues With Food and Self Control

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
1838 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Brideonabudgetlauren:  it’s fine! it can be hard to resist junk food when other people are eating it, but there’s nothing wrong with eating a hot dog if you usually eat healthy.  no need to beat yourself up over it!

Post # 4
51 posts
Worker bee

Hey! I am a PT on the side and one thing that I say you need is diet and cardio for a healthy body. It is really a misconception that you can do one without the other.  

I would suggest stocking your refrigerator with pre-planned meals. That way, you already have meals waiting for you when you come home. Also, whenever you have a temptation, remind yourself of the work you put into the gym last night and the work you will put in tonight. You want to move forward, not be stuck in a rut, working off the unhealthy cals you put on during your meals! 

Clean eating is so so so important and I tell that to my clients everyday. But, it doesn’t mean that you have to starve. I always say that you can enjoy lean meats, such as steaks and then fill your plate up with half vegetables and half starch (potatoes, etc). I train women for NPC bikini competitions and a big thing that I stress is to eat often. Lots of healthy snacks like nuts, fruits, and veggies brought to work! It helps to have these snacks so that they aren’t scrounging for food from the vending machine.


Hope this helps!

Post # 5
2571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Brideonabudgetlauren:  You are singing to the choir here… DH and I have healthy stuff in our house, but if I have so much as a little craving I’ll go crazy with it.  Especially if it’s right before that time… *sigh*

Post # 6
2052 posts
Buzzing bee

@Brideonabudgetlauren:  LOL this is me.  Seriously.  Spent most of the pre holidays trying to diet and lost it all over xmas, then decided what the heck, why stop there!

What usually helps me is calorie counting because that is a diet that is NOT about denying yourself food, but just being more mindful of portion control.  It is harder for me at work too because if your co workers are all eating bad, you want to join in (plus it’s good for networking), so usually if I am bad for lunch, I just try and eat something healthier for dinner.


Post # 9
1248 posts
Bumble bee

@Brideonabudgetlauren:  i am right there with you, girl. I started this thread the other day & some incredible bees gave some real good advice. Hopefully it helps! I have def noticed its harder for me to say no to free food & drinks. I just try and  stay away from those who would offer it, or if it’s sitting out somewhere. I keep in my mind what I brough and that i dont need it. Also, i got a new background on my lock screen on my phone that says “Keep Calm and Get Fit”. It’s kept my mind on the fact that i dont need lots of processed fatty fried foods. And a blatant reminder that I have goals!

Post # 10
5162 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Brideonabudgetlauren:  This makes total sense and LOTS of people have this problem – including me!  I certainly don’t have all the answers on this, but here are some ideas to try:

1) Environmental control.  As you’ve mentinoed, the problem is when people are putting the food in front of you.  Do what you can to keep your environment clean.  Maybe you can get a group of people at work into having healthy lunch together?  It’s January…probably lots of people making resolutions.

2) Cheat day.  I know a lot of people think it’s unhealthy, but having one defined cheat day helps me say no the other 6 days of the week.  When I try to just be “moderate” with my cheats they seem to get a bit out of control and I end up feeling guilty all the time.  If I choose one day a week where I can eat cheat food with no guilt, it helps keep me on track.

3) Manage your will power.  There is a lot of reserach out there saying that our will power is very limited.  When you use it on one thing (such as staying disciplined at a stressful day at work) it dimishes the store of will power you have available later for other things.  Check out some research on Wil Power (there are some good Ted Talks) and try to use that to hack your situation to make life easier.

Post # 11
885 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Brideonabudgetlauren:  Ugh I hear ya!  On Monday I came in to work intending to turn over a new leaf after Christmas, only to find someone had brought in a tin of cookies – which I proceded to eat most of throughout the day!  

Having healthy snacks definitely helps.  This weekend I’ll be buying a big bag of raw almonds to keep at my desk – snacking on 10-12 of those mid-afternoon helps keep the cravings away (and keeps me from grabbing a muffin at the coffee shop)

Post # 13
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014


@Brideonabudgetlauren:  You need this book – it’s available for kindle and it seriously changed the way I eat.  It’s nothing new but the way its written is really great and helped me more than any other book that preached the “eat what you want” method

Post # 15
608 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Brideonabudgetlauren:  Do you allow yourself cheat meals at all?

Whenever I get cravings, I tell myself “I don’t eat that crap” and then move on to something healthier.  I also allow myself a couple of cheat meals a week.  If I give in and have too many though, I’ll start craving it more and more which makes it harder to turn down.  It’s a vicious cycle, and trust me you’re not alone!

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