Do you find it hard to resist a bag of chips when it’s in the house? My friend, Sab, who is a creativity coach and an amazing artist (here’s a link to his puzzle paintings) sent me this question:
If there are crisps or chips in the house I can’t stop myself eating them but there are always crisps in the house because we have kids. How can I control my impulse to snack until there is nothing left?
How We, Humans, Feel The Need To Finish What We Start
I can totally relate to this question. Although I don’t have kids, I know what it’s like to have crisps in the house and not be able to refrain from finishing them all.
And I guess it’s in the human nature to make sure we finish what we’ve started. If you take a quiz, you don’t just stop in the middle of it and continue later, never or let someone else finish that for you. With crisps it’s even harder because they contain a lot of salt which stimulates your pleasure centers in the brain. You feel good…oh and the texture…
But let’s come back to our tips.
The Reasons Behind Our Food Choices
First of all, I would like to ask you a question:
Why is it that kids are allowed to have crisps and you do not allow yourself to have them?
You know they are not that good for you and yet you have them and you also give them to the kids. Why? Is it to make them feel loved, happy or keep them busy?
I might not be the best aunt out there because I don’t usually buy food or presents to my nephew and niece, except for their birthdays. I give them my full attention and my love. We play, we go outside, we are silly, and we have fun.
5-Step Strategy To Stop Eating So Many Potato Chips
Now, I’ve been there with the bag of chips in my hand wondering if it’s going to survive the next minutes… I never save chips for the next day. They don’t even hit the bowl.
So, I have a strategy to reduce my consumption of chips that I think you’ll find helpful:
1. I buy smaller packs if possible.
Here in Germany, when you go to a supermarket you can find smaller packs bundled in packages of 4. So that might not work unless you share the other bags with someone else who might want them. But if you are serious about staying healthy and in shape, you’ll find a way. I found a bag of chips that’s 80 g. And the calorie count is lower than other brands.
2. I buy lighter versions of the crisps.
The particular brand of chips that I sometimes consume is light. When you choose lighter versions, you reduce the amount of salt and fat.
3. I buy plain chips, no exotic ingredients, no aromas or flavours.
If you take a look at the list of ingredients on every bag of chips with flavors, you’ll stay there reading for a while. Baked potato chips contain sugar. And the others just gather a bunch of ingredients you don’t need at all.
4. I make my own chips at home.
My favorite way of doing this is by baking potatoes, then slicing them and baking them a second time. If you’re interested in the recipe or cooking times, let me know and I’ll share that with you.
5. I do not keep junk food in the house.
I buy it, eat it and then if I want more, I’ll have to get some more…at least I’ll be walking to the shop.
These might not seem much of a strategy to you. But when you have all these ways of eating healthier on the back of your mind, you’ll remember them. And the next time you find yourself in front of the crisps shelves, think of me. Smaller packs, lighter versions, plain chips, not too many and maybe not today. Be picky about the type and amount of junk food that you eat.
Tell me about your experience with chips. Do you also find it hard to resist them? What strategies to you use to reduce the amount of chips you eat?
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