by Lesley Handley
I don’t believe in cutting something out of your diet completely. If you have regularly eaten crisps, sweets and chocolate, to go cold turkey and never eat them again is realistically never going to happen. You start to resent not having them, and with each day that passes you crave them even more – you see them everywhere, smell them, taste them and stare at other people that are eating them! This continues till you cave in… but by this point you crave them so much that its’ not just 1 small bar of chocolate or 1 bag of crisps… it’s a 500g bag of Kettlechips, a 250g bar of Galaxy, and because you have eaten all that, you think ‘ah well’, I will just eat the giant bag of Haribo that’s in the cupboard too! Result – Sugar and calorie overload! Can you recover back to the healthy eating (until the next time you cave in)? Or do you now think it was all a waste of time and you go back to your old diet?
Here is the alternative…
Step 1 – when you crave something, have a glass of water and see if that curbs the craving…
Step 2 – Try an alternative that’s a healthier option – what about Greek yogurt with fruit, it might be sweet enough to take away the craving…
Step 3 – Eat it in moderation! If you have eaten 2 bags of crisps every day for the last 3 months, cut it down to 1 bag a day – that’s a big improvement! Then cut it down to a bag every second day… that’s even better!
It is all about making small progressive steps to a healthier and better diet that will improve your health and wellbeing. To go from one extreme to another requires a massive amount of willpower that a vast number of people don’t have.