Challenge: Willpower vs Food
(Or: That certain food vice that always beats your brain)
Everyone has a food vice. For example – If I were to shout “ICE CREAM!”, some of you would immediately start walking to the freezer. But that’s okay. Instead of feeling guilt, let’s deal with this head on. When it comes to food, we just need a few rules to help our willpower control our food cravings.
When I decided to become a kettlebell instructor, I knew there were (and still l are) some tough habits/challenges I had to face. One of them is my love for chips. I can smell those salty, crispy morsels from a room away when a bag has been opened. If I could, I’d duct tape that beautiful foil bag of fried potato salt to my face like a horse’s feed bag.
Marcia ! What the heck? Aren’t you an adult with responsibilities and a mortgage? Where is your willpower?
When it comes to salty, crunchy savoury food, my willpower has as much effect on me as a red light does on a late 99 B-Line Bus: as in, none at all.
Depending on willpower alone is like tackling Mount Everest without a sherpa. It might happen, but it takes a heck of a lot more effort. When it comes to our vices, be it ice cream, chips, cigarettes, liquor or cotton candy, we need a plan and perhaps some sherpas to help us along.
Here are some rules that I try to stick to.
Rule 1 – Groceries:
No chip buying. Chip bags aren’t allowed into my house. EVER.
Rule 2 – Parties:
No unnecessary grazing (and really, is grazing ever necessary?) I make sure to stay out of the kitchen area and other food stations to avoid eating for sport. It helps to make sure I have a glass of water (or wine depending on the occasion) in my hands. Occupied hands can’t get into chip bowls.
Rule 3 – Mindset:
I struggle every day to get more vegetables in my meals. Yet, I have zero struggle with chips. But what if I tried switching my mentality? Veggies = good and yummy. Chip = overcooked potatoes that fell into the salt jar on the counter…
This one is still underway, so I’ll have to get back to you!
Bonus Rule: Tell your people (or, get help climbing your mountain)
There are many reasons people communicate their dietary limitations; they may be celiac or diabetic, vegan by choice, have food allergies, or just struggle like me. Your friends and family can be a huge support system when you’re out at restaurants and parties, if they know about your goals, maybe they can help you too.
You may find implementing one of the above steps into your day may be a huge help in the small steps leading to great rewards.
I’ll check in a couple of weeks to tell you how it is going. In the meantime, how do you handle willpower and a chip bowl?