#1 Diet Tip – Don’t Have Bad Foods Accessible

I’m feeling a LOT better than I was yesterday, and I’d have to think that at least part of that was that I didn’t do my first impulse and sit down and eat a bunch of cookies because I was in pain and seeking comfort by eating something tasty.

Don’t get me wrong — I love sugar! Cookies are my friends! I like making them and I like eating them! And doughnuts, cake, ice cream, etc.

I just don’t eat those sugary things very often anymore. That doesn’t mean I’ve cut them out entirely — but I make sure that I only eat them if they are something really tasty and I’m going to enjoy a lot. And then I go back to my regularly scheduled plan of not eating them.

Calling sugary things “bad” food isn’t exactly how I’d put it, but it does work for a concise and catchy title. It’s more like that sugar is nutritionally inappropriate a lot of the time.

Sugar has a few potentially bad properties that I’d rather avoid as much as I can:

  1. It can cause inflammation. Since Crohn’s is already an abundance of inflammation, any more isn’t going to be good for me.
  2. It can feed the intestinal bacteria that I don’t want. Intestines are filled with bacteria, the key is to encourage the kind of bacteria that makes you healthier and discourage the kind of bacteria that makes you sicker.
  3. It has a lot of Calories and I’m trying to get leaner and more fit.

And so on. You get the point. This isn’t really a rant about sugar for today.

So what helped me avoid a pig-out of eating cookies all day?

I didn’t have any in the house to eat. That’s it.

Short, simple, it works!

If I don’t keep something in the house, then it is much more difficult to eat it.

That’s a lot easier than sheer willpower.