Believe me, I completely understand how it is super hard to fight the craving for a food we “love” and are used to consuming on a daily basis. The problem lies in the fact that when people hear that they have to give something up, they run for the hills. It’s not like you’re giving up food for the rest of your life. It’s just breaking a bad habit through a series of baby steps to eliminate it and then remaining vigilant about it so as to not fall back.
Chances are that your food nemesis is full of sugar and/or sodium and is harmful to your health. You may not notice it right away (what you can’t see won’t hurt you) but the long-term effects can be bad. Really bad, in certain cases. But I know, we’re all human. I’m not saying never drink a soda EVER AGAIN because you will die!! No. That’s ridiculous! Every once in a while is fine and be happy with that. It is so much better for your health to consume your food nemesis less often than consuming it 2-3 times a day.
So, I wanted to share two of my food nemesises. This first one is actually my first and biggest learning experience in a food addiction and the harmful effects it can have on the body.
Chocolate milk. I loved Ovaltine as a kid and drank it often. But the chocolate milk served in one of the dining halls in college was so much more than just special. It was like a smooth, creamy frosty from Wendy’s. I was a little homesick the first few weeks of freshman year and that chocolate milk showed me a little comfort of home. I never had a problem with my weight and considered myself blessed with a decent metabolism. This milk was at my disposal and during the weeks between Labor Day and Columbus Day and I think I drank it nearly every day with lunch. Now, we all know the cliche “freshman 15″ that women gain when they go to college. Well, in those weeks I gained about a freshman 30. I’m not kidding. I was around 120-125 lbs when I got to college and I ballooned to about 150ish. It was terrible. I never felt so bad and embarrassed. When I went home for Columbus Day, I had to buy new clothes. It was really hard to see my high school friends who could totally see the difference and tried not to stare. I went back to school after that Columbus Day weekend and decided I needed to change my diet. I did not have the invincible metabolism that I thought. I cut out the chocolate milk and slowly but surely the weight started to come off. I haven’t had chocolate milk ever since…in it’s cold form. I love hot chocolate in the winter. But I only have it as a special treat.
Potato chips. I don’t have any crazy story about potato chips except that I did eat a full bag once as a child. I love them and it’s obviously bad news if there’s a bag around. That’s why I stay far, far away. I only eat them on special occasions like my birthday or something. They’re even better when dipped in onion dip…:-)
Yeah, I went there. See!! It’s tough. But it’s better in the long run. I promise. I have mentally trained myself to stay away. And I’m happier this way because I don’t and won’t weigh a metric ton.
Tell me your food addictions? Did you have a similar experience? What did you do about it?