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Resisting free food

I generally have really good will power when I shop at the grocery store. I read the nutritional info, estimate how much I"ll eat and determine if I should buy it or not.

But when I am at a conference, or another event with fattening, but free food, I eat it. I know it's partially b/c it's the only food available to me at the time, but I still make bad choices. For instance, yesterday I ate a small piece of cheesecake at a luncheon. I was not hungry and I would never have purchased this from a store, but seeing it available.....I just had to have it.

I'm sure I'm not alone here. I know my group members struggle with resisiting food in the employee lounge.

Any suggestions on how to Just Say NO?

Fri. Jun 2, 6:37pm

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I have the same problem, but I seemed to have solved it by just having a bite or two or a very small amount of the forbidden food. If it is a couple of bites or a piece we always want more, so I just take a couple of bites on my plate and pop a mint or a hard candy in my mouth afterwords and then I've forgotten all about the forbidden food.

Friday, June 02, 2006, 7:10 PM

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To rant..."free" is often the important part to me. When you're on such a tight budget, its sometimes hard to pass up! Often even at the grocery store I sit between two products debating whether to go with the cheaper food or the lower cal food! Anyone else wish the fatty foods were the expensive ones???

As for advice, I sometimes do what the above poster said and pop a piece of gum. Makes your mouth happy and ruins the taste of any food!

Friday, June 02, 2006, 9:52 PM

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Free food

I share the struggle that the original poster describes. I give trainings all the time and there is almost always food out - cookies, pretzels, etc. Even when people do put out fruit, it's the unhealthy stuff that calls to me. I guess everyone is different - I like the suggestion of having a small bite and stopping. Unfortunately, for me, once I start, I cannot stop. I eat several cookies, chips, etc. and do not end up stopping until I feel super full or it becomes too embarrassing to keep taking food.

Sometimes, when I think about free food, I try to think about what it means to consume food just because it is free or right in front of my face. The cheapest and easiest foods? They are frequently the least expensive - think McDonalds. Type II diabetes seems to particularly hit poor communities because some of the unhealthiest food is also the cheapest and most accessible. So . . . when you see free food and think you have to eat it because it makes financial sense, reflect upon your true economic situation and think if you can afford to buy healthier food. Even students who sometimes try to live on free bagels and pizza and pretzels at school events can probably scrape up the money for oatmeal, soup or other non-perfect, but healthier choices on the cheap.

Friday, June 02, 2006, 11:05 PM

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Have you read any thing lately about trans fats? All those free foods, cookies, dougnuts, french fries, etc. are packed full of trans fats and trans fats are REALLY, REALLY bad for you.......I mean like heart attack......clogged artries....95% easier to have heart problems..........go Google trans fats and read up on them..........this is enough motivation to make me stay almost clear of them.

Saturday, June 03, 2006, 11:23 AM

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Eat a meal before you shop.

Saturday, June 03, 2006, 12:51 PM

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