I already decided what not to do. Dieting. Calorie counting. Cutting out carbs. If I would cut out everything I like to eat, I’m setting myself up for failure, because I know I would never be able to stick to that. But, I also know I’m not the “I’ll just take one candy and close the bag” kind of person. Unfortunately, a bag of candy does not last more than a day in my house. So, I will have to build in some sort of self-protect system. Because if not for the carbs, then something else will have to be cut.
Cut the Candy and Cake
My first victims were candy and cake at work. Although that may not sound like a very spectacular change, I’m expecting it to have quite an impact. Whenever a colleague is leaving, we do two things: we eat cake, and we calculate how much wait he or she has gained while working here. Everything is celebrated with cake here. Birthdays (around 30 a year), colleagues that are leaving (also quite a lot, mainly interns that stay only for a few months), a successful project, a new home, a diploma, a driving license, a new dog, a sunny day. Yes, we celebrate sunny days in The Netherlands. Come live here, you’ll understand. I’m not exaggerating when I say we get out the cake knifes at least once a week. Until now, my ‘strategy’ was to join in only now and then. Problem with that is that at the actual moment you have to decide to either eat cake or not, there is always a good reason to eat. Now with my new strategy, I only had to decide once, and be done with it.
Another thing we did, was apply to Hello Fresh. They deliver a box with healthy ingredients and recipes (very necessary for a kitchen princess like me, not) for five days. This has turned out to be a really good service for us. Because we used to start thinking about what to eat at 6.30 PM, after work. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand that this is not the best time to decide what to eat, knowing the food first needs to be bought and cooked.
Finally, as the cherries on the cake-that-I’m-not-having-anymore, I decided on not eating on the road and not keeping any candy at the house. That leaves me with parties and special occasions (except for at the office of course!). Luckily, I’m from a big family, with brothers that all provided for many nieces and nephews. So I don’t think I will be experiencing withdrawal any time soon. My only fear is that the host of my next party will be serving healthy snacks.