Here’s a quick way to stop eating food you don’t want to eat!

Caped MaxI have an extreme story from an extreme guy (me).  You wouldn’t believe what I did last night; well maybe you would believe it.  I am probably not the only one who has done this.  Last night everything was going  just great.  I got the run in that I was hoping to do on Sunday.  I ran for 2 hours and got 18 activity points for it.  This gave me liberty on my eating for sure, but I didn’t want to take advantage of them because I would like to lose about 10 lbs before my May Strolling Jim 40 Miler.  I get home, have a nice dinner (chicken, potatoes, veggies, and three sugar-free Popsicles) amount to 6 points.  As I was looking in the pantry for my popcorn, I saw some biscotti from Starbucks.  I ate one, 4 points.  I hang out with  my wife for a little while and head back over to the pantry.  I ate another 1/2, two points.

Then I took the box and threw them in the garbage.  Here is the extreme story.  Did putting them in the garbage stop me you ask?  NO.  I actually went back to the garbage and got the other half because it was still in the wrapper.  Now this is embarrassing, but I thought I would share it with you anyway.  After that, I took each one from its wrapper, crushed it into small pieces and then put it back into the garbage.  Now that stopped the little episode.  I didn’t feel to bad about this, for this is normal for me.  I need to render things useless if I want to make sure that it won’t be a temptation anymore.  It is not that the biscotti was an “illegal” food, but I just didn’t want to waste points on such a small, non-filling treat that I don’t even really like.  Anyway, no big disaster, just thought I would share a funny and weird story.

Anybody else ever do this?  Here’s a couple more tips.

41 Responses to “Here’s a quick way to stop eating food you don’t want to eat!”

  1. January 6, 2009 at 8:54 am

    I totally do this, but I have to put some unsavory garbage (like vegetable peels or coffee grounds) on top or I’ll go back for more! It’s funny how we eat things we don’t really want just because they’re THERE. Awesome job on the run & tracking your eating/exercise!

  2. January 6, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Eek, sorry I put that up twice! Still figuring out this commenting thing 🙂 That pic of your dog is hilarious!

  3. 3 Sharon
    January 6, 2009 at 9:52 am

    I have done something like that, except I poured ketchup on top so I wouldn’t be tempted to dig through the garbage. You’re not the only one!

  4. January 6, 2009 at 9:59 am

    I do this too. If I know it’s there, I obsess on it in my head until I have to go have some. Like Wheat Thins. I’m a sucker for salty crunchy foods. I have a daughter that lives with me and she’s not doing WW. I make her hide her snacks and stuff where I can’t see or find them. Otherwise, they are just too tempting.

    • 6 run4change
      January 6, 2009 at 10:20 am

      I like those kind of snacks too. I have to say that chips are far and above all other snacks to me. I love them a lot. If I buy chips, I eat them all. In fact if I do ever buy them I only by them knowing that I will eat them all.

  5. January 6, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Hey, did you watch The View this morning? They were talking about this very same thing just now! Elizabeth Hasslebeck said to another of the ladies on there about how you had to demolish the temptations and put coffee grounds on it or something, not just put it in the trash. How odd is that that they just said that! 😉

    • 8 run4change
      January 6, 2009 at 10:34 am

      I have seen the view before, but I don’t have TV at home or work, so I never know what the heck is going on in TV land. I do go to my mom’s or sisters to watch the biggest loser though. THanks for the comment and it is funny isnt it

  6. 9 maggieapril
    January 6, 2009 at 11:28 am

    I totally do this – and I know myself well enough to take it out of the package. The garbage disposal works, too.

    I try to avoid bringing anything like this into the house. I can’t even be trusted with 100-calorie packs if they are any kind of sweets.

    Addiction is an ugly thing.

    • 10 run4change
      January 6, 2009 at 11:30 am

      It is ugly huh? I like some of those 100 calorie packs, but they are like taking only one shot of vodka when you are an alcoholic sometimes.

  7. 11 somedayistoday
    January 6, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Oh yes this is a common occurrence for us that have an issue of emotionally eating! As for home, the garbage disposal works best….trash can does not work. Just like you, I’ll go back for it! I can’t put ketchup on it as I have pets at home that sometimes get into the trash and I don’t need that all over the floor…Hahaha!

    I have two things that I do at restaurants so I don’t over eat or continue eating when I’m not hungry just because the wait staff has not cleared the table yet.

    The first thing I do is as soon as they bring me my food, I ask for a “To-Go” box. I split everything in half and put it in the box. I then give the box to the person sitting across from me to set it next to them. Out of sight, out of mind. As for when the plate is still sitting on the table and I keep picking at it? I usually take the salt, pepper and sugar packets and pour it on the food. 🙂

    • 12 run4change
      January 6, 2009 at 12:02 pm

      Great advice. Thank you. I used to do that to-go thing right off the bat too, I will have to start doing it again.

  8. 13 gettinghealthyatlast
    January 6, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Hey there! Again-thanks for the kind words on my blog today.

    I can totally identify with this! I’m a fan of coffee grounds, myself. Or dish soap.

    You’re a guy, but have you ever seen the episode of Sex and the City where Miranda is trying to eat healthier? She made a chocolate cake, ate a good bit of it, then threw it away. When she found herself digging it out of the trash to nibble on it, she squirted a ton of dish soap in the trashcan to stop her! Thank you Miranda for the tip! Haha!

    Thank you for the encouragement. It is so hard to break nasty habits, so I’m thankful to read other people’s stories.

    • 14 run4change
      January 6, 2009 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you very much for stopping by and posting such a fun and real comment. I will take your comment to heart.

  9. 15 ladlam
    January 6, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    I have a bit of a problem with this myself, but I like my girlfriends approach. If we eat out and something comes with chips, she’ll eat a few and then mash them up into a gross looking pile of mush so she won’t eat any more!

  10. 17 The not-so skinny chick
    January 6, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Thanks for the encouragement.

  11. January 6, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    I have a problem doing this because I think, “I’m ruining for everyone else who might want it.” I know I should do this at times, but I let things sit around because of what others around me might think.

    • 20 run4change
      January 6, 2009 at 1:54 pm

      I have thought that way before. Even last night I went I got my wife to ask for permission basically, just in case she wanted it. If she said that she wanted it, I would have asked her to hide it away. SHe always will do that for me. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  12. January 6, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Ha, ha, ha – I’ve go such a visual from your description! I can’t say that I’ve done anything that extreme, YET. Now you have given me an idea though. I’m still trying to get over the 18 activity points in one run!!! You are my HERO. I may need to add this to my goal list for the year.

    • 22 run4change
      January 6, 2009 at 2:01 pm

      AH, that comment made me feel sooo good. Thanks so much for posting it. That was such a wonderful comment. You keep up the good wook Lter. Thanks for stopping by. See you next time.

  13. 23 afatgirl
    January 6, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    I cannot thank you enough for posting this embarrassing story; you see… two hours ago I was in a similar boat. So I am so glad I’m not the only one. (although a bit nervous now that I’m learning this instinct doesn’t go away…)

    • 24 run4change
      January 6, 2009 at 2:36 pm

      Oh you’ll be fine. Just keep up the great work that you are doing. These things happen to us, they are real. We learn to deal with it, fight it, or change something else to make it all more livable.

  14. 25 gplongwood
    January 6, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    This is why I try to keep a lot of healthy choices at eye level. It doesn’t always work, but when I get a craving for something, usually sweet, I will grab 4,5 or even 6 clementine oranges and eat them instead, or drink a low sodium V8, I know that ones weird, but it works for me. If that doesn’t work, a down a ton of water. It’s hard sometimes, but the results are really worth it.

    • 26 run4change
      January 6, 2009 at 3:21 pm

      GP, I love V8. Both varieties. I really like the salty one better though. Salt is a bit of a weakness for me. I usually have stuff that is good at eye levels (kinda) too, but I am out of groceries at the moment and will have to go tonight. Thanks for the comment and coming over.

  15. January 6, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Oh man, I have so got you beat on this one! I have definitely been there done that one. I don’t remember what the food was, but just think baby and diapers and where I shoved the food before I put it in the garbage. Believe me that took all temptation away from eating it. I have also drenched the food in water before throwing it away too.

  16. 29 robfitness
    January 6, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I have to say that I just did the same thing only a few minutes ago. What I also do is once I bury it in the trash, I then take all the garbage out to the dumpster so that way I’ll never have the chance to dig threw it. I always thought that I was the only one that did embarrassing things like that as well, but it seems that there are many of us out there that can relate to you man.
    Keep up the great posts. You did have me laughing because once I started reading I said that “this guy does exactly what I do” Like I said I thought I was all alone on this one.

    • 30 run4change
      January 6, 2009 at 5:14 pm

      I thought that others did it, I just wasn’t sure. I was relieved to find I had friends out there. Thanks for the comment. I love your comments and they are appreciated.

  17. 31 elisep1766
    January 6, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I am a big fan of the drenching-in-water trick.

  18. January 6, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Well I’m glad you put something embarrassing out there. Now trying posing in your underpants!lol
    I love exposing our secrets…opening up ourselves, being vulnerable…that’s when we find out we’re not alone & normal. Other people reading get either comfort or inspiration from it. I know I do.
    I’ve absolutely done this with junk food but never with fruit or vegetables. Why is that? lol
    These days I don’t have the snacky snacks in the house. I can’t handle it yet.
    Thanks for the honesty. It’s refreshing.

  19. 35 myweightylossjourney
    January 7, 2009 at 3:07 am

    I’ve never done this, but it sounds like something I would do. Either that, or eat the whole packet (which is what I’ve been doing lately)

    • 36 run4change
      January 7, 2009 at 5:16 am

      Just pop back up from that “package eating” gig and start walking again. We are all there at times, but we just need to keep on.

  20. 37 lissa10279
    January 7, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Yes I most certainly have done this. It’s kind of where my disordered eating began … I’ve tossed more things than I care to admit, and … unless something was buried and gross (meaning, if it was on top of the trash and wrapped) it sometimes made it “ok” — it’s awful, trust me … I know.

    • 38 run4change
      January 7, 2009 at 6:53 am

      Thanks for sharing. It’s great to know we are in this crazy journey with so many others. Not a good habit or action, but we all are working on it I guess. I sent you an email.

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