Day 7 addresses managing your environment to make dieting easier. Beck suggests doing a pantry and fridge clean out and getting rid of triggers and temptations. She also suggests some techniques for dealing with food in the workplace.
To a degree, I agree with her that removing temptations and triggers makes dieting easier, especially in the beginning. On the other hand, we can’t always control our environment and I think it would be smarter to learn how to deal with the temptations and triggers rather than try to control our environment and the people around us all the time (of course, she may address this later her in book and this is meant to be a preliminary step to make starting the diet easier). I admit I do have some triggers, for some foods, it is easier to have NONE than to have one bite, or one piece and then try to stop. I still have them in the house though because my sons and husband don’t have issues with these foods and although they are not the best foods for them to eat – they are occasional treats for them and they have no issues with control around these foods.
Since I’ve been working on this diet/lifestyle thing since February, I’ve pretty much got my fridge and pantry under control. I buy my own treats in single portions and measure/weigh out others as I eat them. At work, I have come up with my own strategies for avoiding doughnuts, chocolate and cookies – sometimes I am more successful than others – but I am more comfortable finding my own way than trying to rearrange and control my environment completely.
I made a new response card based a little on Beck’s suggestion, but modified to suit my needs:
“Once I make changes in how I react to food temptations and triggers at work, home and with friends, dieting will be easier.”
I’ll add this card to my others and read each day.
Giving myself credit for:
1. Tracking everything I ate today, even though I didn’t make the healthiest choices.
2. Sticking to two cups of coffee during a very stressful day.
3. Only eating while sitting down.
I haven’t asked my friend Shelley about the Diet Coach thing yet, I will be seeing her tomorrow after work for coffee and will ask her then.