Conquering Temptation When It Rises

Beautiful Young Woman choosing between Fruits and Sweets

When it comes to eating healthier, all of us are tempted. Life can become increasingly overwhelming trying not to cave every time an unhealthy favorite crosses our path. Focused on withstanding the temptations that loom in our daily lives, I know many of our GT readers are committed to staying on track with their healthy eating goals. To reduce your risks of making unhealthy food choices, you’ve implemented significant lifestyle changes. For starters, your workspace area and the office’s community refrigerator are now filled with healthy snacks. From low-fat yogurt, homemade granola bars, and fresh fruit to sliced celery and carrot sticks. Home-cooked meals have become your new normal rather than eating out. Your consumption of fried chicken, hamburgers, pizza, seafood platters, soul food and all-you-can-eat at your favorite eateries have subsided.

Your healthy eating decisions are fine and dandy until the inevitable happens. A coworker brings in an array of artistically sumptuous donuts; red velvet donuts with cream cheese icing, chestnut glazed donuts, and peanut butter banana-filled donuts. You sit shaking your head trying to determine your options for conquering temptation. Later that same day, you cook a healthy meal; grilled fish, brown rice, and a medley of steamed vegetables. Your spouse comes home and is adamant about eating at the new Italian restaurant that recently opened in your neighborhood. She wants you to try their Gnocchi & Italian Sausage. It doesn’t end there. The next day, you get a telephone call from an old business associate who is in town and wants to catch up with you at Starbucks. She knows your favorite drink is Starbucks’ Venti Double Chocolaty Chip Crème Frappuccino® Blended Crème. She is not aware of your recent lifestyle modifications, and that after discovering your favorite drink was 540 calories and 69 grams of sugar, it became a deleted beverage item.

No worries. Below are some tips for helping you conquer temptations:

Tip One

It’s okay to allow yourself an occasional bite-sized treat. Go ahead and select a donut and split it in half. Simply share the second piece with someone else. If your coworker brings in donuts through the week, then your occasional bite-sized treat should be limited to one day. Always remember that as the frequency of bite-sized treats increases, so does your chances of not accomplishing your health and fitness goals.

Tip Two

Accompany your spouse to the new Italian restaurant. Two words to keep at the forefront of your thoughts are fresh and small. Focus your attention on the menu items made primarily from fresh ingredients. Plan on consuming a smaller amount of food that fills a salad size plate. Instead of your high-calorie favorite, consider grilled fish or grilled chicken breast with a double serving of vegetables. Avoid cream sauces and heavy cheese. A piece of bread dipped in a small amount of olive oil is fine, but no gorging. Avoid the signature flatbreads. Avoid the high-sodium soups. As far as your home-cooked meal awaiting your consumption, take it for lunch the following day.

Tip Three

Starbucks is great place for catching up, but it’s important that you be aware of their menu options that include drinks that can equal the calories of an entire meal. Simply plan ahead. Visit Starbuck’s website to review and decide on a low-calorie option.

Now what are you options for conquering the in-your-face temptations when you’re continuously surrounded by healthy lifestyle saboteurs? Write down and make it plain.

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”(1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV)

Bridgette L. Collins

AFAA-certified personal trainer and RRCA-certified running coach Bridgette L. Collins is the author of Broken In Plain Sight, Destined to Live Healthier: Mind, Body, and Soul and Imagine Living Healthier: Mind, Body, and Soul. She is also the owner of Total Innovative Wellness Solutions, LLC., a consulting firm that provides individuals and organizations with strategic solutions for implementing and sustaining healthy lifestyle habits. She has been an avid runner for more than 20 years participating in a plethora of endurance race events (from 5Ks to marathons). Learn more about Coach Collins at www.BridgetteCollins.com.

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