If I lived alone, shopping on a diet would be easy. I wouldn't ever buy things, or have things in the house that were off plan.
Sounds a pretty easy thing to do
But I don't live alone. Also I live with two teenage girls who do not have and do not need any issues with food. I am determined not to become the food police at home. I will not limit what is available to the rest of the household because of me.
So I have for the last 10 months cooked a wide and varied meal plan for my daughters and usually soup for me. They accept the fact we eat differently. OF course I cook healthy options at home, I always have. I also have other foods available and eaten by everyone else.
I have learned a few tricks to help me avoid food in the house
If there are tempting foods about - or if I have cooked food and there is some left over. I get it covered immediately. I find uncovered food on a plate tempting. As soon as it is away in a box with a lid, it doesn't tempt me as much.
If there is a serving of a meal left over, I box it, label it and freeze it. Gone, away from temptation.
If something in the house is really talking to me, whispering in my ear, tempting me in...I throw it in the bin.
When I am out shopping, or having a coffee and a food tempts me I stick to the cartoon above, if I buy it I would eat it and if I don't buy it I wont eat it and so I walk away.
I have no opened packets of tempting food. I don't keep foods like cookies in the house although I do occasionally buy small packs for the family.
I tell myself something when I feel that familiar craving telling me I really WANT something to eat...when I feel those hunger pangs that are tempting me to eat something I say, that's good, that feeling is you losing a bit more weight.
Food, and eating is a necessity for life but very much also a social activity and I will always have foods around that tempt. I don't want to make this diet some sort of fake world where I never see foods I cannot eat, as life just isn't like that. I have to learn to be surrounded by food choices and make the ones I want to make for me and for my life. There is no other way.
How do you manage having foods around that you know you don't want to eat?