breaking the dessert habit.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

jacques torres chocolate chip cookies

this past week, ed and i challenged ourselves to stop eating dessert after dinner- sockerbit, black and white cookies, and pinkberry froyo are in the usual rotation. i think it's in our southern roots to have a bite of something sweet (said in a paula deen voice) after the meal, but honestly it's just a bad habit we need to break.

i truly believe that depriving yourself of any food is ridiculous as anything can be eaten in moderation. completely renouncing dessert was not my plan, but for the sake of our health and a little self-respect, i wanted to prove that we could.

i devised a plan:

1. i start to search for the sugar goodies around 9pm, so i put a reminder in my calendar that said are you hungry? and set it to go off at 8:30pm. of course the answer to are you hungry? is certainly no since i had just eaten dinner. this helped me to remember that my behavior was obviously just a habit.

2. are you hungry for breakfast? you might be eating too late at night, or (in my case) eating a bowl of candy at 10pm and waking up not hungry. this was a motivator for me, because, well, i like breakfast!

3. the obvious thing to do here would be to completely rid the house of all dessert. but since we aren't trying to lose weight or have a health concern at risk, i truly wanted to break the habit by creating a healthier habit. again, completely avoiding dessert is not my goal. i bought a bag of lindt truffles (so rich! just 1!) and ate one of those after dinner instead. or maybe ed and i split one of those huge black and white cookies. i even found myself eating more of my (healthy) dinner as opposed to saving room for an unnecessary dessert. this is the good habit i was going for.

4. that being said, if weight loss is your concern, don't bring the sugar goodies in the house and get rid of them if they already hang out in your cabinets. try this rule: only eat a dessert you make yourself. since you've rid your cabinets of the usual suspects and are no longer bringing prepared baked goods and candies in the house, this will cause a perfect dilemma. if you want it bad enough to make it yourself and go to the grocery for the ingredients, by all means, go ahead.

5. have a slice of cake on the weekend. seriously.

ps: here's the jacques torres cookie recipe because seriously- i'm not suggesting you give up dessert. just don't make it a habit.

16 comments:

megan said...

My goodness, so guilty of this. I live in France now and a desert after lunch is expected, but to be honest, indulging in a little something sweet after lunch means I'm less likely to the do the same after dinner... is that better? Not sure. BUT the reason I was commenting was that if you get the growlies in the evening, drink a really big glass of water and wait twenty minutes, I find I usually forget about being hungry (but if you're prone to waking up a hundred times to pee at night this might not be the trick for you).

Jamie said...

I hope you're having chocolates today! If you eat them in the morning or middle of the day it's not dessert, right...?

the southern hostess said...

Jonah and I have been trying our best not to eat dessert during the week. Usually, I eat something sweet just because I want to taste it or worse yet, because I'm bored. Hungry is rarely the case. This is such great advice!

rebecca said...

jamie-
ha! timing this post on valentine's day was maybe not the best idea? :)

Danielle E. Alvarez said...

I actually only got into dessert as an adult... but as an older teen I did struggle with getting out of the "afternoon snack" habit, ha. My approach is to have a piece of high quality chocolate (that I only need one piece of), have a rice cake with a thin spread of nutella/pb, or have a greek yogurt with a bit of jam. All are equally satisfying, depending on the craving :)

aschaedle said...

I've been thinking along those lines recently, and you articulated it well. It gives one pause to think that some foods we eat are purely habit driven. Please give updates on how you make out with that plan!

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lily said...

a small piece of yummy cheese is a great dessert :)

Chelsey said...

You'll probably feel less tired in the morning too! I make it a (general) rule to not have sugary things after dinner. If I do, I notice that I am much more tired and my day is less productive!

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

It's pretty rare for us to have dessert, although we did indulge in a flourless chocolate cake last night that was heavenly. Usually if I have a sweet tooth or I'm feeling peckish, I'll dig out one piece of bittersweet chocolate or fruit, and I always feel better!

Rui (Ree) said...

This is a hot topic of debate for me and my roommates. Especially this week, in honor of Valentine's day, all seven of us contributed to our sweet snack supply in the house! There are/were M&M's, toffee, brownies, peanut brittles, etc all displayed on our counter. Breakfast commenced with a bite of a toffee and soon pretty much every meal. I agree with you that the best solution is to just get rid of it. Out of sight, out of mind. Right?

Now the hardest part... is actually getting rid of it all haha

Shoko said...

say it ain't so! i'm a dessert maniac :)

Rebecca said...

hahaha, I love the "are you hungry for breakfast" technique. I think I'd always choose my AM savory omelet over sweets at 11 pm. And so much less guilt....

HGV Training Course said...

You are right, eating dessert is not a problem but we don’t make it as a habit. You have a good plan to ignore desserts.

Lauren Knight said...

I'm eating chocolate as I write this...

felica cox said...

such a realistic + great way to look at dessert.

Anonymous said...

Just out of curiosity- and I see this on a lot of blogs where super skinny chicks eat burgers, fries, pizza,dessert, whatever and whenever (usually, a lot, according to their pictures) - how do you stay skinny like that?
Love your blog!
Beth

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