How Supermarkets Sabotage Dieters- Let's Talk About Food Addiction with Pennie Hale

DEMOULAS-DIETSIGNBy: Pennie Hale – April, 2012


Why is it that whenever you make it known to your family, friends and co-workers that you are dieting, they seem to want to contribute to your diet failure? I cannot count the number of times that I have been quietly eating my carefully planned, calorie-counted meal when someone offered me a cookie, a piece of cake, a donut or some other highcalorie treat. I don’t understand the logic behind that.

I also have noticed that on a daily basis, I will be faced with a decision. I know that at some point, I will have to decide whether or not to accept an offer to eat out, to attend a party, to sample someone’s new recipe, or to drink that high-calorie coffee beverage that a friend brought for me.

At a recent trip to the grocery store I noticed that in the same aisle as the “diet food”, you can find CANDY! Sabotage! Why in the world would those two categories of food be in the same aisle at the grocery store? Is that helpful to the dieter?

When I read the aisle sign, I thought to myself, “It’s almost as if the manager is saying – hey dieter while you’re here picking up your diet food, don’t forget your candy bar because we all know that’s why you’re here anyway!”

And even if the dieter is able to get to the checkout with their carefully selected items, what do we find right there on the way out? Candy, candy and more candy.

When I have opted to dine out with friends, I always make that decision based on the idea that I can always find something on the menu that is low-cal and healthy. However, when I look at menus, in most cases I see that the salads are full of high-calorie ingredients and there is no salad dressing that I can eat.

I end up selecting a small garden salad with no dressing. It makes me think that restaurant managers don’t think of their calorie-conscious guests.

A healthy, carb-free, high-protein, lowcalorie diet is what works best for me. I know that it is ultimately my decision to make healthy food choices all day, every day. My goal is to lose beste online casino weight. I know how to do it. I have been successful in the past. If I was able to resist all temptation, I would have reached my weight-loss goal long ago. It would help if I wasn’t constantly faced with sabotage!

Why is it that people feel the need to sabotage the dieter? Is it because they don’t really want us to lose weight? Is it because they are trying to be humorous?

Is it because they don’t know that what they’re doing is hurtful?

Offering a cookie to a carb addict is not helpful, funny or nice. If someone offered a glass of wine to an alcoholic, people would be enraged. Why is it acceptable to offer sugar to a sugar addict?

I know it is my responsibility to make healthy food choices. It is not practical for me to expect to never be faced with temptation. I can’t expect family, friends, co-workers or anyone else to know that I don’t always have self control when faced with sugary foods. But when I see sabotage I call sabotage!

So, here is a message to all diet saboteurs: STOP IT!

Contribute to my success!

Not my failure!