It was a big family-visit weekend for me. My sister was over at my house, looked at my overstuffed refrigerator and pantry and said, "Your cupboards are the total opposite of mine. I have Go-Gurts and Ho-Hos and your food all looks so healthy." It's not like I am a 100% virtuous shopper. I buy the occasional package of cookies or candy. Sometimes I get a pint of ice cream. I always have Kashi Tiny Little Crackers and usually have blue corn tortilla chips. I just don't keep a wide variety of snacky foods in my house. I try to make it easy on myself and keep things simple. If I have only one or two kinds of treats, I feel out of control. It's hard not to keep going back for a taste of this and a nibble of that if I have a ton of different kinds of snacks. I also don't like to have added sugar and artificial colors and flavors in things like yogurt and cereal. It just can get to be too much.
Not coincidentally, I had three days of food that was not my usual fare, and I know I overdid it all three days. I would like to be the girl who can sit next to the candy or Doritos and not give them a second thought, but I'm not. I find myself totally preoccupied with junk food when it's around. Even when I've already eaten more than I wanted and am feeling uncomfortable, there are certain foods that call to me. I had a lot of them around this weekend, and it was really hard.
I don't understand how people are able to keep cupboards fully stocked with snacks and baked goods and not feel tempted by it. If I have that stuff around, I will always choose it over the salad and fruit. Why make it hard on myself?