I don’t remember if I’ve ever talked about it on the blog before, but I have a really bad habit of hiding/hoarding food. It’s not a fun topic for me to talk about, because it’s very personal, but I know that probably a lot of you can relate.
I’ve had this problem for almost as long as I can remember. My mom has had issues with her weight throughout her life as well, so when I was kid, she always went out of her way to make sure that I was making the “right” choices when it came to food. Even though her heart was in the totally right place, she didn’t really go about it in a way that helped me. She was never mean, but the things that she said to me just made me feel uncomfortable and upset, especially as a teenager who didn’t completely understand my mom’s motives and who was already dealing with body issues of her own. Because I felt like she judged me for eating certain things, I took to consuming a lot of my food in private so that I wouldn’t feel so ashamed.
This problem only got worse and worse as I got older. Once I started driving and had my own car, it was so easy to go out and buy whatever food I wanted and then hide it in my room to eat when I was alone. In high school, I had a huge binge eating problem that stemmed from this habit, which is something I’ve never really even told anybody until now. Luckily, my binge eating stopped when I went to college and I haven’t had an issue with it since, but I still have that bad habit of hiding food.
Even though Brent would never judge me for anything/how much I ate, I still have this uncontrollable urge to hide food from him — which is an even more aggravating habit to have when you’re living with the person. I don’t want to have this problem, but I’ve been living this way for so long that I’m not really sure how to stop.
That’s where this how-to post comes into play. While candy isn’t usually what I hoard or hide, this idea can work with any food for any person. Either way, I think that Brent and I can both benefit from keeping our chocolate and candy at a reasonable distance.
While there are some things that I just won’t buy/eat — candy bars at the checkout, non-diet soda, Pillsbury cinnamon rolls — chocolate and candy just isn’t (and can’t) be one of those things. I’m sorry, but if I have to live my life without those things in order to be skinny… maybe I don’t want to be skinny.
I (and most other people) need to find a way to live in harmony with chocolate — so, like me, make use of this simple and easy idea to get rid of the temptation.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Step #1: Take all of your candy and place into storage bags, divided by type.
Step #2: Use labels to mark each bag with its type of candy, serving size, and calories per serving.
Step #3: Put all of your candy into a storage bucket labeled “candy” (or “chocolate” or whatever).
Step #4: Place on the highest, most uneasily reachable shelf in your kitchen/pantry.
Step #5: Only indulge every once in a while and make sure to measure or count before you eat!