It seems easy enough doesn’t it? Keeping junk food out of your house. After all, if you do not buy it then the junk food does not come in. Right? Well, kinda.
In theory, if you live alone, no junk food comes in unless you buy it. Unless a friend comes over with snacks while you watch a movie or your kind neighbor brings you cookies. Then junk food can come into your house.
If you have kids, they may bring junk food home with them from school or purchase the junk food themselves once they are able to drive. If you have a spouse, he or she might bring the food home without your consent.
It can happen to all of us. Sometimes John will bring home food that people have pushed on him at the office. At his office, they celebrate each person’s birthday with a little get together that involves lots of unhealthy treats such as cake, cookies, spinach dip, and crackers. When the party is over, his coworkers sometimes get him to take some of the leftovers home “to the kids.” Occasionally he brings it home and other times he leaves it at the office. He, like most of us, doesn’t want to hurt people’s feelings.
If he does bring the junk home, we most often toss it.
Although other people may bring junk food into your house, the person most often responsible for bringing junk food into my house was me. I was the one who did the majority of the grocery shopping, therefore, 90 percent of the junk food in the house was ultimately my responsibility.
Once I stopped buying the junk, the flow of junk food stopped as well. It was like magic. Well, it took some magic self control, but you get the idea.
Over time, the kids got used to having little junk, my husband complained less that there was “nothing” to eat in the house, and I lost a bunch of weight. 158 pounds to be exact.
If you are having trouble keeping junk food out of your house, I’d encourage you to examine where it is coming from and come up with techniques on how to stop the flow. If other people are bringing in the junk, you may want to have a serious conversation with them about how having junk food in the house makes it difficult for you to control your cravings and lose weight.
How do you keep junk food out of your house? Diane