"That's easier said than done," you may counter, particularly when we're talking about physically addictive foods like sugar and chocolate. And I might have agreed with you before I gave up sugar and chocolate and found out how easy it was.
When we keep eating nonfood, we make it so hard on ourselves! But if we decide that a food like chocolate is no longer in our lives, we may miss it for a day or two, but then we forget about it -- no pain, no feeling of deprivation. On the other hand, when we go on a diet and expect to be able to eat our coveted foods again on the maintenance plan, we end up counting down the days until maintenance time arrives.
If thoughts arise about a food that you've given up, simply ignore them. Don't, I repeat, don't give them an audience. If you spend a lot of time entertaining your thoughts about that food, you'll torture yourself. Give up the food for good, commit to not spending any time thinking about it, and life will be so much more pleasant.
Find out more about this book:Skinny Thinking: Five Revolutionary Steps to Permanently Heal Your Relationship With Food, Weight, and Your Body