12 Jun Getting Past Temptation: 10 Helpful Tips
You are sitting in your home, minding your own business when BAM all of a sudden you want nasty, artery clogging, unhealthy cheese. Or, you are at a party and there is a table full of sugar spiking, heart attack inducing cupcakes. You know that these things are not healthy for you, but you still can’t stop thinking of them. What do you do?
1. Read the book “The Pleasure Trap” by Doug Lisle. We’ll give you some more immediate tips in a moment, but if you haven’t read “The Pleasure Trap” it is a must read, and will help you to understand why we crave and want things that are not healthy for us.
2. Wait an hour. Tell yourself that you can have the bad food in an hour from now, just not right now. Delaying the choice often leads to much better choices.
3. Go for a short walk, or do a quick workout. Do something to get your body moving and chances are you will not want to undo all of the great cardio you just got in.
4. Drink some water. Have a big glass of refreshing water or a nice cup of hot tea.
5. Call a friend. You don’t have to tell your friend that you are craving bad food, just call someone to chat, and get your mind off the bad food that you are craving.
6. Ask someone to throw the bad food out. Kitchen clean up is essential to healthy living! Get all of the bad food OUT of the house. If you have family members who love bad food, tell them they can eat it outside of the house. We recently heard this from E2-er, Trish:
“My 17 year old son had a habit of bringing cheetos in the house, and I used to love them. I told them that they were not allowed in the house anymore, under any circumstance. Last week I thought I heard him come home, and went outside to find him sitting on the front porch with a bag of cheetos. When I asked what he was doing he said “Not bringing them in the house!” The rule has worked for me, and my family is starting to eat healthier (even cheeto teenager) because it is not allowed in the house anymore.”
7. Don’t buy it. This might sound obvious, but if you don’t buy it, you won’t eat it. We have some E2-ers who take photos of what is in their grocery cart each trip and send the photo to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) as proof they had a plant-strong shopping trip! Making a grocery list is very important if you have a hard time not buying junk food, people who make lists tend to be much more successful at changing to a plant-strong life.
8. Tell yourself that you’ve already tasted something plenty of times, and you don’t need to taste it again. The taste of food is temporary, and often that is what we are looking for, that initial taste or hit of pleasure. When you are tempted, remind yourself that you have had that food plenty of times in the past and you do not need to try it again.
9. Eat a GIANT bowl of salad first. We have a friend who is a personal trainer, John Pierre. He has a rule – have a giant bowl of salad first and then you can eat whatever it was you were craving. Trust us, if you eat a pound of salad, you are not going to have much more room for anything else!
10. Get online! We are always on facebook, twitter, pinterest, our blog and we check and respond to our e-mail a lot as well (email@example.com). If you need help, reach out! Find support and get some plant-strong encouragement.
What are some of your tips for getting past temptations?