Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Foods That Have Power Over Me

Ellery Adams

I'd like to say that the 15 pounds I gained last year snuck up on me, but that wouldn't be true.

I saw it happening. I have a scale. My clothes got tighter but I figured I was still exercising regularly and the weight would come off as soon as I cut out some of the unhealthy foods I couldn't seem to stop eating.

The problem is that I didn't cut them out. Two weeks ago, I joined Weight Watchers online and decided to come face-to-face with the foods that have power over me. In order to make a lifestyle change, I must admit my weakness for these darlings and find substitutes and save them as a "once-in-a-while" treat and not a "once-a-day" treat!

1. French Fries - the crunchy, salty finger food has always been at the top of my list of yummy no-nos. I rarely order them, but when my kids don't finish theirs, guess who does?

2. Cake/Cupcakes - actually, it's just the buttercream frosting I crave. I can do without the cake!

3. Movie theater popcorn loaded with butter - so many points. Such greasy heaven!

4. Speaking of butter how about a heel of warm, buttered bread.

5. Reeses Peanut Butter Cups (frozen, of course)

6. Java Chip ice cream

7. Everything bagels (yep, with butter again).

8. Cheese puffs

9. Chocolate in any form
10. Fruit pies/cobblers

What about you? What food calls your name? What treat takes every ounce of discipline to avoid? And if you have any healthy snack ideas, I'd love to hear them!


Anonymous said...

Forty pounds snuck up on me once. It happens.

Sue said...

I replaced french fries with sweet potato fries that I bake in the oven. Thomas has a thin bagel that's really good and not loaded with points. You might like to check out for some really good substitues and snack ideas. One of my favorite snacks when available is frozen green grapes. I have lots of WW recipes that even my girls enjoy.

Booklady said...

Ellery, our lists look very similar. I'd have to add Starbuck Caramel Macchiatto - the biggest they have. But I've learned to have one only once in a while and I get a short (kid's size) skinny one. Why is it that the things that taste so good are so horrible for us and the things that are so good for us don't taste as good?

Beverly aka Booklady

Vicki said...

30 pounds snuck up on me through a combo of snacking and medication. Since the first of the year I've lost 18. I allow myself popcorn at the movies every few months have cut out sodas and mostly done it through portion control and cutting out candy but substituting fruit. I love celery and peanut butter! Execise can be tricky sometimes, I have cerebral palsy but I do a lot of walking and received a Wii for Christmas so I use the Dance Workout, interesting to watch I'm sure but a lot of fun and a great workout.

Aurian said...

I allow myself French Fries only once a week, prefarably only once every two weeks, as it also comes with other snackbar snacks you don't have in America.
I also love potato chips, chocolate and french cheese and kinds of pastry. All bad for you. But sooo good.

Kat said...

Thought of you when I heard the title of GA Mckevett's next mystery - Burried in Buttercream!!!

Debra said...

-Dunkin Donuts custard -filled -chocolate glazed. With ice cold milk, or hot coffee. MMMM
I had to go cold turkey because who can eat just one? I replaced it with a chocolate Tofutti ice bar-- 30 calories.
Are you finding WW online helpful? I am seriously thinking of doing it too.

Katherine said...

My list would include bread (the crusty kind you get from the bakery), Wise Cheez Doodles (I can't eat just a few but end up devouring the whole bag so I have to use strict portion control), ice cream of any sort except chocolate (I've found a raspberry sorbet put out by Wegmans that is just as good ice cream. Hard to believe I know), and french fries. I try to alternate between regular fries which I've started to baking instead of deep frying and sweet potato fries. I even found a brand of sweet potato tater tots that are pretty good.

Suzanne said...

Yes, Peanut butter cups, frozen. That's how I eat them. I recently started making sweet potato wheels. Peel, slice 1/4 inch thick and put under the broiler. Yummy.

Dru said...

My list would include pasta, pizza, grilled cheese, snickers. I gave up soda so that's one battle I won.

Anonymous said...

Coffee drinks like white mocha and pastries are my vise.

Nanc said...

Oh my...homemade buttercream frosting is a food group...

ev said...

I won't even go into the number that snuck up on me.

Ill help- you eat the frosting, I'll eat the cupcake.

Someone gave me a link today to a site called She said it's like weight watchers for keeping track of what you eat and your exercise, but it's free. I'm going to check it out.

Maybe I can sneak back up on those pounds and kick their ass.

Vickie said...

I had to switch out to only one venti no water nonfat chai w/one pump sugarfree hazelnut a week. I was having one or two a day! I had a scone a day, too....YIKES! One a week if I think of it.
The points are worth it.

Healthy snacks-cherries, grapes (frozen are even yummier), almonds, walnuts, raisins. Popcorn is still okay, just watch the butter. I have it buttery at the show, but not at home or work snacking.

Sandwich Thins are a great alternative to full up bread or bagels and the Bagel Thins are good. I still love my cinnamon raisin bagel once a week.

Sarita said...

Anything chocolate pulls me in. Or french fries. They do it, too.

Anonymous said...

My vices are chocolate and chips. So, of course, I was carrying a few extra pounds. I joined Weight Watchers in January and got rid of 31 pounds. I also started riding my bicycle and have ridden over 600 miles since March.

Weight Watchers has some nice snacks you can buy either at the grocery store or at the meeting centers. Online WW is a great tool for ideas and support.

Special K has a new cracker/chip that is delicious. Try it.

Good luck.

Shirley in Baltimore.

judyalter said...

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! Though that buttered heel of warm bread soundsd irresistible too.