We're all guilty of doing it at one time or another. We know we're not hungry, but there is a small voice in our head telling us to eat something. The battle begins.
The next thing we know, we're in the kitchen eating from a bag of chips, the cookie jar, or dishing out the ice cream. The battle is over, and we've lost.
These battles, whether fought daily or weekly, can be minimized if you learn to leave the poorer food choices at the grocery store. Make a shopping list of healthy foods and stick to it.
If you don't do the shopping for your home, talk to the person who does about your needs. If they are going to continue to buy foods that tempt you, ask them to also buy some foods that will give you healthier options. And perhaps they'll be willing to keep the tempting foods in a special place -- a "battle zone" you can steer clear of.
The point isn't to banish these foods forever, but to minimize the encounters you have with them. Winning the battle begins with having more healthy, low calorie options, and fewer poor food choices to tempt you.
Megan Porter, RD