Temptation is all around us in almost every aspect of our lives but it’s how strong our will-power is to realise what the right and wrong things are and to then act (or don’t act) accordingly. We cannot completely remove temptation around us, but we do have some control to limit where it finds us.
In terms of weight-loss, it is important to limit the temptation to eat poorly. I don’t need to tell you that snacking, heavy drinking and fast-food all have an impact on gaining weight but if you’re able to exercise some resistance it will aid you in meeting your weight-loss goals.
Today we look at your home environment, where the majority of us spend a large proportion of our time. We all get hungry every so often and that’s great, it’s part of being alive, but what are our actions in curbing the hunger? Do we immediately think “right, where are those crisps?” or “where is that chocolate bar?” What if neither were available in the house? Would you take the time and walk to the shops to buy the snack or would it give you enough time to realise they’re no good for you and go for a healthier option?
What I’m getting at is, if the bad snacks that you’re craving aren’t readily available within the kitchen/cupboard/sock drawer (in my case!) you’re much more likely to go for something else.
When I first started losing weight it was almost all to do with the change in my eating habits. I got rid of the crisps, biscuits, chocolate, cakes, pretzels etc because I knew that even though I had some will-power, if I knew they were only a few metres away I’d go for them. It was the same with alcohol. I’d have one or two glasses of wine 4-5 nights a week once upon a time but I knew they were all adding up in calories.
Physically throwing the bottles, snacks and tasty treats away, and giving them to friends was mentally an important act, that this was the change I needed to go through in order to fully change my lifestyle.
In the next part of this chapter I’ll introduce what food items I replaced them with and why I chose these items. It will give you lots of simple ideas that you can introduce along your own journeys.