Finally! As many of you know I have been trying to get my computer to communicate with my work’s software, but at long last it finally works!!! Since the news is so sweet and good I thought today I would talk about satisfying that sweet tooth. How can you control a sweet tooth that is out of control running a mock and driving you crazy?
First think about what the motivation is behind your cravings. Will you do better if you have limited amounts of sweet every day, every week, or once in awhile? Do you do better if you decide to avoid sweets completely and not have those around? Most people that crave sweets do better if they plan and limit the amount of sweets they have but have them more often according to one registered dietician.
I allow myself extra room in my diet when I’m tracking the foods that I eat to have these little indulgences from time to time. If you do not plan the foods that you love into your diet then I believe you are headed for failure or at least disappointment. You have to live with your diet for the rest of your life. As I’ve said before, it is a lifestyle change. You can maintain good health and still have sweets every now and then.
How do I plan these moments into my diet? I will every now and then limit the amount of calories I have for lunch or dinner and have a lean meal or salad and save the meal’s calories for a full dessert. There are many healthy ways you can add them into your diet. You can purchase those snack packs that are only 100 calories a bag. You can use a sugar substitute to make your homemade cookies. You can pre-bag up individual servings of your favorite cookies and snacks. This way you do not grab the whole package and before you know it you have eaten the whole thing. If sweets are what you love, you can use them as a reward for reaching your small goals.
Another hint would be to eat more fruit. If you eat enough fruit in your diet you are less likely to have a raging sweet tooth. Also you could save about 150 calories a day for your favorite sweet. This equals about an ounce of chocolate, a half a cup of ice cream or about half of a normal size piece of cake. You could try small little sweets like frozen grapes, hard candy, Tootsie Rolls, or Weight Watchers® frozen desserts. You could also try cutting sweets out completely for about two weeks and I know for me my cravings have vanished.
Some families think they need a dessert or special treat every night. In these instances try offering healthy choices which will allow them some variety. For example, you could compromise by having low-fat ice cream and fruit or fruit cup with a whipped cream on top.
The main thing is just to be sensible about it and plan your healthy diet around the foods that you love. Do not over indulge. Quit eating when you are full. Your body is sending you a signal, listen to it. Do not keep them in sight as a temptation. You CAN live a healthy life. Just remember, Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, Chardonnay in one hand, chocolate in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, “WOO HOO, What a Ride” I wish you continued success on your endeavors. God Bless.