I was driving home from Weight Watchers the other night with a raging headache. I was thinking about how I just wanted to lay down. While I was stopped at a traffic light, I glanced at my phone and saw a notification of a new e-mail from a pizza place. Immediately I started thinking about how yummy and comforting pizza would be since I wasn’t feeling well. I decided right then that I needed to just unsubscribe from ALL pizza related e-mails.
Prior to seeing that e-mail, I was perfectly happy to be heading home to the taco salad I had planned. The meat was already cooked. All I had to do was throw it together…easy peasy! So why did I still feel like pizza sounded like a better/quicker/easier choice? It was no easier than what I had planned. In fact, it would have been out of my way to go get pizza! Something so simple as seeing an email turned into at least 30 minutes of debating and thinking about it and talking myself out of it. If I had never seen the email, I would have just gone home and happily had my salad without even having to entertain the idea of having pizza.
1. Avoid unnecessary temptation.
There are many food temptations beyond our control. Why give myself added temptation when I CAN control this? I don’t need to be alerted to sales or new flavors. I don’t need an email putting the idea in my head. Seeing a yummy picture or really great deal will just make me think about ordering pizza when I had no intention of doing so!
2. Paying full price makes you think twice!
Why make it easier on myself to make a less healthy choice? We have all been guilty of saying “I couldn’t pass up the sale…!” Paying full price makes me stop and think twice. It gives me a chance to ask myself:
~ Do I really want it?
~ Is it really worth the money?
~ Do I really HAVE the money to spend?
~ Is it more important to save money or to save calories/points?
3. Avoid buying too much.
Having a coupon often encouarges us to buy more! Maybe we were going to order a medium pizza but there’s some amazing coupon for a large pizza PLUS garlic bread. Of course we will be inclined to get more food at a bargain price! When we have too much food, we will eat too much food. Then we will have leftovers so we will have more temptation later that day or the next day. Instead of one high calorie meal, it could become two or three high calorie meals. This is especially true if you won’t throw it away because you don’t want to waste it.
I’m not hating on pizza. I like pizza! It’s just usually high in calories for a small quantity of food. You can totally work pizza into any healthy eating plan. The key distinction for me is that I want to have pizza when it is the right thing for me and when I have planned for it, not when it’s an emotional decision and I’m looking for comfort food. I’m trying to break the habit of turning to food for comfort. Hopefully removing this one extra temptation will help with that!
My solution is to unsubscribe from those e-mails. If you are a bargain hunter who won’t buy anything without a coupon or a sale, maybe you could set up e-mail filters instead of unsubscribing. (Check out the instructions to set up filters for Gmail and Yahoo.) The filters would then send those e-mails to a specific folder instead of your inbox. When you decide you want pizza, you can go to that folder and look for coupons rather than being tempted by seeing those coupons at a potentially weak moment.
What do you think? Is this a good way to avoid temptation? What’s your best tip for avoiding something that is a temptation for you?