Resist Everything, Including Temptation

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Living alone can have its drawbacks, but it can be great for your diet. You can mold the pantry into your vision and your vision alone. That’s not the case if you live with someone else, whether they be your spouse, your children, your parents, or in today’s world, a combination of all of the above. Maybe you’re living with picky eaters. That can be annoying, yes, but it shouldn’t be too much of an obstacle for your diet.

However, what can be an obstacle is living with someone who is in no way on a diet. Maybe your spouse loves chips and salsa, or you like to keep cookies on hand for your children. Maybe your parents like to have coffee and cake after dinner. The exact scenario doesn’t matter. What does matter, though, is that you’re regularly facing temptation. And possibly regularly succumbing to it.

If this is your issue, it doesn’t have to be for much longer. There are ways to avoid what you might think of as “bad food.” First of all, get it out of your sight. There’s a reason we say “out of sight, out of mind.” It’s the same reason I keep my skin care products on the bathroom counter. Because if I don’t see them, I might not remember to use them.

So apply the inverse of that principle to your kitchen or pantry. Hide your temptations from yourself. Even if you have to put them in containers so you don’t see them, it’s worth it. If you don’t see them, you might stop thinking about them and then you won’t eat them.

Another easy way to do this if you have the space is to carve out your own space. This is what I do, because I don’t live alone. I keep a cabinet to myself, where I have all my diet-appropriate food. I never need to go into the other cabinets, because everything I need is right there. Sure, temptation awaits when I need to go to the fridge or freezer for something, but I don’t see it because I’ve hidden it.

These might sound like simple or silly tips, but it really can be that easy. It’s food, it’s not bigger than you, and you can get the upper hand.

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Salome is a freelance writer who frequently writes about health issues, as well as pop culture.