I’m on a “Diet” technically. Because I’m changing my caloric intake from what it used to be. It used to be a lot. Now it is not so much. Since I started tracking my weight, I’ve lost about 1 to 1.5 pounds per week. But there’s a lot of talk out there about how “Dieting” is not healthy, what you should shoot for is a “Life-Change” or a “Healthy Lifestyle.” I guess my diet is more of the latter: an attempt at a life change. I let myself eat treats. Why would I do this while trying to lose weight? Because I need this to last and if I cut treats, strict, none, never, I’ll cheat, then beat myself up, then give up.
Maybe you read my post last year “Redefine the word Treat,” It was a good post, still is a good post, but it was written in the middle of a zero-sugar 30 day challenge. Guess what? I made it! I ate zero refined sugars during that 30 day period. No candy, cake, juice, cookies, nothing! But sometimes it just felt weird. Like at a party for instance, I did not eat any cake. That’s good right? I just don’t know.
The difference now is in quantity. I allow myself a small taste instead of several dozen tastes. I eat three pieces of chocolate every day, and a small bite of any “Surprise” treat. For example, a Birthday party, or a friend who brings over baked goods would be considered surprise treats (this happens once every 1-2 weeks). I feel like instead of cutting out treats altogether I’ve got to learn to control myself. Treats are everywhere and no one is stopping me from eating them but me.
I have been controlling myself, eating just a small amount of treats, except for one thing. Perhaps this is my sweet drug of choice: Fresh Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies. Cake, yes it is good, but very sweet. Brownies are delicious but a little over-powering. Ice cream gives me a stomachache. But cookies. They are warm, chocolatey, with just the right touch of salt and chew, and the clumps of deliciousness lingering in my mouth are bid a loving adieu with a cold glass of milk. I can’t have just one chocolate chip cookie. Or just five.
My Tastes will Change
Thats what healthy, very healthy eaters have been telling me. If I cut out sweet treats entirely, I won’t even want them anymore. After a while, its true, the intense cravings for lots of sweets diminished in my 30 day challenge but I found myself just wanting a bite but not being able to bite. I just wanted to experience the taste of it sometimes. I’m doing it right now! I’m just tasting! I guess what I’m going for is called “MODERATION.”
Is there such thing as moderation with sweets, or is it all or nothing? What do you think? Now, if you have a moment, a hilarious sketch from Portlandia when the man tries to give up Pasta: This Pasta Sketch Speaks to Me When it Comes to Chocolate Chip Cookies