SNACKS! I love snacks, and I think that's where most of my sugar addiction comes from. "Oh, I'm a little bit hungry? I'll just stop into Duane Reade and grab a granola bar. Oh! and its around Easter [Halloween, Christmas, Valentines, etc.] and there happens to be holiday candy right in front of me, so I'll just snag one of those delicious peanut butter chocolates shaped like an egg [pumpkin, Christmas tree, heart, etc.]" That was the conversation that I would have with myself. In my head, not out loud, don't worry.
The Whole30 diet suggests that when you are craving a snack in between meals you should think to yourself: "Am I hungry enough to eat a full meal? A protein and a carb?" If the answer is yes, ,then you should eat a meal with a protein and carb. If the answer is no, then you should ignore that craving. (I KNOW, IT'S HARD)
That's what I've been trying to do. Eating a full meal when I'm hungry instead of inhaling 30 clementines. However, there are times when I need a quick bite. For example, right after I teach a fitness class. In those cases here is what I do eat:
Almonds, boiled eggs, carrots and hummus, crackers and cheese with an apple, chia seed pudding, avocado toast. Basically, I think it comes down to being prepared so if you absolutely NEED a snack you aren't just grabbing the first thing you see in the vending machine. But also really asking yourself if you are actually hungry or just bored/craving sugar.
Holidays in convenient stores are hard.