I recently read an article regarding dieting that said that, instead of saying that I CAN’T eat a particular food, I should instead say that I DON’T eat that food. Saying “I can’t” implies a sense of helplessness, while saying “I don’t” implies that I am choosing to refrain from eating something that is unhealthy for me.
Since I’m trying to reign in my sweet tooth and limit processed sugars to weekends instead of what has become a nightly dessert, perhaps I should try this approach. Maybe if I tell myself that I DON’T eat sweets after dinner during the week rather than I CAN’T eat them then I’ll feel more in control and less tempted to give in when the chocolate’s calling my name. Worth a shot, anyway!