After reading this article on 7 Ordinary Ways to Be Healthier, I remembered something I had forgotten within a few months of my wedding – my mother had stopped keeping things like Nutella and Chocopie and Cheeselings around the house because I would gobble them up at God-speed since I was a teenager and of course, that’s extremely unhealthy! As the first point in the article states, just don’t keep junk food around the house and you’ll automatically find yourself reaching for that banana instead of a chocolate bar. However, since I’ve gotten married – there’s been an abundance of these foods around the house. And of course, my first instinct was to say “take it all away! don’t keep this in the house otherwise I will become seriously obese and have clogged arteries!” (my mother always threatened me with clogged arteries every time I asked her for another round of oranges and fresh cream) But that is a senseless kind of demand. Just because I completely and utterly lack self-control when it comes to my favourite “bad foods” doesn’t mean the whole house needs to suffer – it should be around the house for whenever someone wants to munch on something yummy, and also for any guests that arrive unannounced.
But the problem I’m facing is – how do I learn some self-control? I’m honestly terrible with it – nobody was in the house the last 2 days (they’d gone on a short trip) and I managed to clean up an entire bottle of Nutella, and all the fruits and yoghurt and cucumber/tomatoes/eggs were left untouched. There is no lack of healthy food around the house, and I do pull up my socks sometimes and think “Ok, I am going off junk food forever!” I manage well for about 4 days, and by the 5th day – I’m back to gorging on anything junk-y lying around. If this were an occasional occurrence, I wouldn’t bother. But every single day I’ve been eating a chocolate (or two) AND a packet of chips (or two) and I feel it’s time I do something about it. It’s just not the right way to eat, and I need to make a change.
I’ve even considered getting all the junk food locked in a cupboard and giving my mother-in-law the keys. I will need to ask her to open it every time I want to eat something unhealthy. This way, she’ll be able to tell me when it’s getting out of hand, or she could also just flat out refuse to give me the key 🙂
Any suggestions on how to ensure I eat healthier? I need some major help!