How to avoid going and buying sweets all the time and eating out ALOT!! Any Tips??
If I can feel a sweet craving coming on, I stick to the rule of no eating 3 hours before going to bed, and instead I have something right after dinner. I mix a few handfuls of dried unsweetened coconut flakes with a handful of unsalted cashew pieces and a handful of golden raisins. It's yummy, satisfying and won't set your goals back too much. As far as eating out goes, if it's a convenience issue try making large batches of recipes ahead of time when you get the chance so you can reheat them. Or if it's personal taste, you could try recreating fun healthy versions of your favorite restaurant foods.
I completely agree with ErinP. Planning ahead is really key. If you're really hungry, and all you have around the house is sweet stuff, then you're going to eat the sweet stuff. Keep healthy alternatives around like fruits and light proteins, and prepare large quantities of healthy meals that you can eat or snack on over the course of the week. If you really crave sweets and have trouble resisting those cravings, it may be really uncomfortable to set limits on yourself at first. That is totally normal. What is also normal is for these new and healthy lifestyle behaviors to eventually become self-reinforcing and habitual. Aside from the self-esteem boost that comes with results, your body will also just learn to do more with less, and your cravings should diminish.
I know that my advice is a lot easier said than done sometimes, and it is something I work on daily myself, but here it is... Make the decision early in the day that you WILL NOT go buy any sweets or go out to eat. Simply make the decision and stick to it. Planning ahead with the right foods at home will help, but too often we try "tricks" to keep us on the right track and instead, we need to just make a decision and stick to it. This can apply, of course, to every aspect of our lives. Decide and follow through.
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