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Mini Challenge: Remove the temptation
Temptations in healthy eating challenges become a real stumbling block for most people.
I know that I once joined a weight loss competition, and not being able to eat certain things made them all the more desirable. In the end I ate more movie theater popcorn and cupcakes during that 8 weeks than I would have otherwise because I wasn’t supposed to. Then I felt guilty. I hated every minute of it, and swore I would never do another one.
I have since learned. For me it is less about depriving myself of whatever the temptation is, and more about giving myself better options. So if I know I get hungry at night and end up eating something bad for me, I should have healthier options on hand for when the hunger hits. If I remove the temptations, and make the better things easier, then I can exercise self control and feel proud of myself rather than guilty.
So today’s challenge is to pick just one temptation, whatever it is, and get it out of your house. Make it harder to succumb to it, and not just remove it, but replace it. If you like a dessert after dinner, replace the cake with some fresh fruit and greek yogurt. If you find yourself reaching for the chips and salsa late at night while watching television, try carrot sticks and salsa or celery and salsa.
Instead of punishing or depriving yourself, find ways to reward yourself with healthier, happier food choices. I loved this article about how ditching just one tempting food can improve your health and increase weight loss.
For me it has always been what I eat after the gym. I am hungry, and I want something sweet. So often I would grab a treat or bad-for me-snack. I realized how counter-productive this was, and now I reach for an Energy Bite! It fulfills my sweet craving while giving me protein and is not filled with sugar!
These come together fast, and are the perfect little snack to keep in the car, in a bag in my purse, or on the kitchen counter for an easy, healthy, go to snack when I need to fill a craving.
- 8 Medjool Dates you can also add in dried blueberries, prunes, and other fruits to mix up the flavor
- 1/2 cup nut butter almond butter
- 1 cup nut of choice almonds
- Extras: chocolate chips coconut, lemon juice, vanilla, cocoa powder, etc.
- Put everything in your blender or food processor, and process until desired texture is reached. Form into bit sized pieces. Roll in coconut, chopped nuts, cocoa powder, or leave plain.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.