breaking the dessert habit.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
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.