:-) I changed the emphasis in this quote a bit, for dramatic effect. Unless i'm much mistaken, it needs to be attributed to Dr. Mike Eades. I made note of it when i first read the words, as important to the scheme of things in my life.
The gateway drug to carbs is ALCOHOL.
I'm not sure of what all the mechanism includes, but part of it is simple disinhibition. The fact is so well-impressed upon my brain, it isn't easy to sneak up on me with forbidden temptations but i can rationalize to myself under the influence of a couple of glasses, and give myself permission to eat questionable things. Sometimes -- not often, thank heavens -- the things are downright, unquestionably WRONG for me.
And THIS is the best reason to keep "bad" foods OUT of the house. Who knows what dark mood, bad event, or simple "liquid overindulgence" might trigger a run for the cheetos? If they ain't there, it's easier to avoid them.
Yesterday, the shipment from the Concannon wine club arrived, and i had to open a bottle to make sure it shipped all right. ;-) Two glasses in, a pizza sure would have tasted good, but i was too strong to be tempted to order one. The stash of hotel popcorn that i'll be taking to Texas with me, later this month, was less resistable. At least it had palm oil instead of hearthealthypolyunsaturates....