Keep Junk Food Out of Your House: It is Up to You

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It seems easy enough doesn’t it? Keeping junk food out of your house. After all, if you do not buy it then the junk food does not come in. Right? Well, kinda.

In theory, if you live alone, no junk food comes in unless you buy it. Unless a friend comes over with snacks while you watch a movie or your kind neighbor brings you cookies. Then junk food can come into your house.

If you have kids, they may bring junk food home with them from school or purchase the junk food themselves once they are able to drive. If you have a spouse, he or she might bring the food home without your consent.

It can happen to all of us. Sometimes John will bring home food that people have pushed on him at the office. At his office, they celebrate each person’s birthday with a little get together that involves lots of “treats” such as cake, cookies, spinach dip, and crackers. When the party is over, his coworkers sometimes get him to take some of the leftovers home “to the kids.” Occasionally he brings it home and other times he leaves it at the office. He, like most of us, doesn’t want to hurt people’s feelings.

If he does bring the junk home, we most often toss it because none of us needs it.

Although other people may bring junk food into your house, the person most often responsible for bringing junk food into my house was me. I was the one who did the majority of the grocery shopping, therefore, 90 percent of the junk food in the house was ultimately my responsibility.

Once I stopped buying the junk, the flow of junk food stopped as well. It was like magic. Well, it took some magic self control, but you get the idea. 🙂

Over time, the kids got used to having little junk, my husband complained less that there was “nothing” to eat in the house, and I lost a bunch of weight.

158 pounds to be exact.

If you are having trouble keeping junk food out of your house, I’d encourage you to examine where it is coming from and come up with techniques on how to stop the flow. If other people are bringing in the junk, you may want to have a serious conversation with them about how having junk food in the house makes it difficult for you to control your cravings and lose weight.

How do you keep junk food out of your house? Diane

4 thoughts on “Keep Junk Food Out of Your House: It is Up to You

  1. Leah (Goodnight, Cheese) says:

    I know if I buy a jar of marshmallow fluff, it will be GONE in two days, max. It’s mostly the same for all treats. If I know there’s ice cream in the freezer, I’ll keep thinking about it. So I avoid keeping any junk in the house. It’s just me and my husband, and thankfully he doesn’t mind.

    I’m surprised that people care so much about your husband taking food home. Maybe it’s just a different culture, but in my office people couldn’t care less who’s having the cake and who’s not.

  2. Christine says:

    It’s all about chips for me. I can leave ice cream and dessert for days, but I will eat the chips! I try not to buy too much junk food. I do the shopping, so I do buy some junkfor the kids and my husband. I am trying to focus on what I can eat and make sure that I have that in the house so that I am never in a bind.

  3. julie says:

    For those of us who don’t live in deep suburbia, kids can buy junk as soon as they can get money. Lots of kids around here have soda and chips for snacks (the trash ends up in my yard). And few kids are supervised in general.

    Anyway, my bf is nice enough to bring stuff I don’t like. Ice cream with fruit in it, cookies that I dislike, sweets that aren’t chocolate. Sometimes I grumble about this stuff, because I’d like to eat it, if it wasn’t nasty. Occasionally, for a special occasion, I’ll bring in a single serving of something to share, but my weight rises if I do it too often, of course.

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