Healthy Eating Tips

Healthy Eating Tips and Strategies: Avoid or Compromise?

No, I’m not talking about conflict resolution strategies, although "Avoider" and "Compromiser" ARE two types (one typically being much more effective than the other).

The question at hand is, "Should I avoid certain foods I know aren’t good for me, or should I compromise and just have a small portion of the ones I love once in awhile?"

And the answer is, "it depends." Before you get upset with me for being so vague, let me explain.

When to AVOID: Avoid certain foods you love completely if you are the type of person that has a history of going on a binge with that food. For example, if every time you have potato chips you end up eating the whole bag, you probably will be better off not even touching them (remember Lay’s Potato Chip ad, "Betcha can’t eat just one!")

Usually "out of sight, out of mind" kicks in after the first several weeks away from your trigger food. Once this happens, you won’t have such strong cravings.

THE BOTTOM LINE: If staying away completely helps you avoid going overboard, you should just avoid the food.

When to COMPROMISE: Some people, on the other hand, when faced with the rule, "you can’t even have one bite of that food" start craving that food very intensely because it's "forbidden": they’ve told themselves they can’t have it. This is a psychological trick the mind will do to respond to deprivation--sometimes simply telling yourself you can’t have something makes you want it even more.

THE BOTTOM LINE: If you become obsessed with foods you've told yourself you can't have, your best bet is to have a small, pre-measured portion of the treat food. This will keep you from overeating in response to the self-imposed deprivation.

The ultimate key to successful dieting and my best piece of advice is,
Once you figure out which strategy (or rule) works best for you, stick to it!

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