Kicking the Chocolate Habit

Friday, March 6, 2015


Chocolate had started to consume my life. Well, maybe that's a slight exaggeration, but it sure felt like it. I would grab a handful of peanut M&Ms to take with me while I was watching TV. A few hours later I would crave a little more chocolate so what's the harm in eating a small Ghirardelli square? It's small right?!

Wrong! All of those little pieces of chocolate added up! Before I knew it, I had gained 10 pounds. When I realized this I actually wondered where it all came from. Hmm that wasn't too hard to figure out, now was it?! Come of Ashley, pull yourself together and kick the chocolate habit! And that is just what I'm doing.



I've found the idea of kicking the chocolate habit to be much harder than the practice of it. I know I need to lose weight and I know that I will be much healthier if I actually cut it out.

So here are the three things I'm trying to do to kick the habit:

Water STAT! When I came home from work, it was just so easy to go to the closet and grab a handful of M&M's. I had to break myself of that habit. I tried to retrain myself to walk straight to the fridge and grab a bottle of water. Sure water doesn't taste like chocolate, but I'm fairly certain my body was telling me I was in need of water but my brain said CHOCOLATE!!! Double score for this small change. I'm increasing my H2O intake plus decreasing unnecessary calories!

Out of sight out of mind. That's pretty much working so far. I've hidden all of the chocolate. When I am tempted to go to the sweets closet, all I see are travel coffee mugs and lunch boxes, no chocolate in sight which helps a lot!

No cold turkey here! I left myself a few Lindt Lindor truffles out in the open. If I have drank my water and I still have a craving for chocolate after 20 minutes or so then I will eat 1 truffle. At 70 calories a piece, this gives me the chocolate fix I want without having the sugar high! A good compromise I feel.

Me kicking this chocolate habit has come at the perfect time seeing as March is my fitness month! Do you try to limit sweets from your diet? How do you kick a bad habit?


14 comments:

  1. I've noticed recently we always have sweets around. I always try and pick up stuff to make a cake, brownies or cookies because it is so much cheaper.

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  2. We try to limit how much candy and soda we keep in the house. But it's mini-egg season so I've been really really bad about limiting myself. It's pretty much the only time of the year that I have zero self control about sweets.

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  3. We don't keep much in the house, but I find myself CONSTANTLY wanting chocolate, haha. My husband doesn't have a big sweet tooth like me, so he's lucky.

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  4. We don't ever deny ourselves if we want something however we just limit how much of it we have. :) It has worked.

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  5. Oh man, M&Ms are my favorite chocolate, ever! But it is so true, they just keep adding up! I haven't had any M&Ms since Superbowl Sunday and this week I haven't had any sweets at all! It's been so hard, but I do feel a difference in how I feel! By cutting it all out and then adding it back in through moderation, I feel like I am slowly regaining the control back that chocolate had over me!

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  6. Ahh I really need to do this too. I find that I crave something sweet every night around 9:00 or 10:00.. which then leads to me eating like, a whole sleeve of Oreos! I might have to try these tips!

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  7. I know! We have cake brownie and cookie mix up in the cabinet right now. At least when it's still in the mix form it doesn't tempt me because I would actually have to bake them first. :)

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  8. Ahh Easter! Yes, I am quite sure that I will have to devour a home made chocolate covered peanut butter egg!

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  9. I wonder if it's more of a girl thing. John really doesn't have a sweet tooth either.

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  10. I feel like that is the best way. If I tell myself that I can't have chocolate I always end up binge eating it.

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  11. That's awesome. I feel like that is a good way to add a little bit of sweets back into your diet.

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  12. That is the time it hits me as well! I get a craving around 3 or 4 and then again after dinner. Drink water, just drink water!!

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  13. Girl, good for you for avoiding all my mistakes! My attempt to quit sugar cold turkey failed, BAD. I've switched over to dark chocolate for my chocolate cravings -- I figure it's healthier and I'm tempted to eat less of it!


    Elizabeth
    www.episeofcake.com

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  14. I couldn't do dark chocolate. It's too bitter for me. I hope you are able to cut back on the chocolate too!

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