Your Top Ten Foods You Just Can’t Give Up

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As the new year begins and the resolutions start rolling, you start thinking about the little changes that you have to make everyday to make your life a better one.

Sometimes those little changes are easy.

Sometimes not.

Exercise is going well. I put my exercise bike back in front of the T.V. and am used it 3 times last week. I would of walked, but it’s been pouring here for a week straight. Love the rain though!

I actually have a great walking route by my house. It only takes a half an hour and has about 4 steep hills. I can easily achieve 3 days a week walking when I’m in my exercise zone.

Now the food.

That’s always the issue isn’t it?

I actually feel sad when I think about giving up food.

I know that when I get into a healthy routine it really is pretty easy. You don’t miss it. But then something snaps in your brain, and you want the food again.

I’m waiting for my brain to snap back the other way.

Here are my top ten foods that are so hard to give up, or at least cut back on!

1. Chocolate – of course

2. Chocolate chip cookies

3. Chocolate Ice Cream

4. Bread

5. Pasta – any kind

6. Cheese – any kind

7. Hamburgers – I actually don’t eat much fast food, but I love a good hamburger!

8. French Fries – same

9. Eating too much at a great restaurant.

10. Anything sweet

Well, I kind of cheated with 9 and 10, but that’s the idea. Now I have to think of alternatives with these starchy, fatty, sweet foods and/or think of ways to bring them into  my week and still be healthy.

What are your weaknesses with food?

Till next week,


(Kim has already accomplished her first big dream by traveling to New York with her teenage daughter June of 2009. She lost 20 pounds and overcame her intense dislike (do we say fear?) of flying to accomplish that dream. She rotated off the blog in February 2010, but still hangs out with 8 Women Dream.  You can find her in the comments section)

  • H

    I can’t seem to stay away from baked foods – cookies, pies and bread!

  • Xenia

    The foods I can’t give up are:

    1. Rice
    2. Rich vanilla ice-cream
    3. Peach ice-cream
    4. Cherry vanilla ice-cream
    5. Ackee and cod fish
    6. Shrimps
    7. Home made soups Panamanian style
    8. Fish (whiting, jamaican butter fish, salmon, chilean something or another that I can’t remember the name).
    9. Brocoli
    10. an occasional rack of pork ribs.
    11. My mother’s fruit cake
    12. Strawberry shortcake
    13. Creme brule’

  • Denise

    “I could give up chocolate but I’m not a quitter”.

  • Kim, the traveler

    I used Rachel’s tip last night! I’ve gone back to my old rule of not eating past 7 unless it’s fruit or veggies, and about nine o’clock I found myself searching through the cupboards and then told myself, no for now, maybe tomorrow for lunch. Good day! Thanks!

  • Hi Kim,

    For me at least I find the more healthy stuff I eat, the less I crave the things that aren’t as “good for me” – and they become the occasional treats! So, when I am eating lots of green veggies and salads my body will actually start to crave that more and more… and not want the sweets as much.

    Of course dark chocolate is an exception for me too ;) I will never give it up and generally eat a little bit, daily! :)

    I love Rachel’s suggestion that each time you bypass something you remind yourself that you are not “giving it up,” simply saying “no for now.” That helps deal with the “reverse psychology” thing that happens – once we forbid ourselves to do/eat something, sometimes we want it MORE! But if you just say, right now I am choosing something else… That to me seems very empowering.

    Good luck sweetie! And congrats on all the exercise and getting your year off to a great start with that!


  • Rachel

    It is hard, ain’t it? Most of my triggers involve chocolate. Good bread is hard to stop, once you start eating it, but I don’t usually find it hard to “not start.” (Unless I go to a restaurant hungry — big mistake.)

    One thing I’ve found that helps to pass these things up when I need to, is that I don’t think I’m giving it up. Because honestly, no way am I giving up chocolate. I think, I can skip it today. On a good day, I can walk right by a candy dish (or whatever), and tell it “not today.” Which is a big step beyond where I used to be.

  • Remy G

    Ah, thank God Im not the only one. My 3 faves that are hard to keep within moderation: Bread. Pasta. Cheese. Sometimes if I’m creative I can take one bite and get all three. Looks funny but damn its good. Keep walking! Rem

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    lol great post. I am trying to add more volume food like salads, whole grains and high fiber. We’ll see how that goes . . .

  • Kim, the traveler

    Mirjam, yes wine and dark chocolate don’t count at all! ;)

  • Mirjam

    Hardest 3 foods for me personally… Wine, chocolate,cheese.
    Actually I consider a nice glass at the end of the day a health supplement…;)
    oh and chocolat… The organic dark chocolate at TJ might be considered health food too? Isn’t dark chocolare filled with anti oxidants?