Impulse control is a daily challenge, more for some people. We all get tempted.
"In the heat of the moment," my brother replied when I asked why he had four children.
I keep a plastic container of roasted almonds in the front seat of my car. When I get hungry running errands, I eat a handful of almonds instead of buying something unhealthy.
But yesterday I paid $1.75 at a deli for one decadent, Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie. Outraged by the price, I decided to make a batch of chocolate chip cookies.
"I can share the cookies with my hiking partners," I rationalized.
What saved me was looking up healthy chocolate chip cookie recipes. Healthy eating is a lifelong obsession. The recipes use oil, not butter. Cookies without butter are not worth eating.
Arriving home, a stick of butter was softening on the counter with chocolate chips and coconut. Suddenly came to my senses.
"The reason I don't make cookies is I'll eat them all," I thought. "I will eat frozen cookies like I did as a kid. It's your choice: gain five pounds or spend $1.75 for one cookie."
With relief, I put away the baking ingredients. Portion control reigns.