My penchant for sweets is pretty well known among my family. They joke and say that when I’m not around, sweets around the house take forever to get eaten. Even around my office, I would routinely pop pieces of candy in my mouth throughout the day. I’m known as the person who would “have a piece”.
Earlier this year, I noticed that this was becoming a lot more common. There is no shortage of sweets in our office throughout the year: small candies, birthday cakes, and leftover desserts that people are trying to get rid of.
I thought, “Do I really need all this?”
So I made a pact with myself; only one dessert a week. There have been some weeks where I would have loved to have cheated on it (and there was one week where I did sort of have 2 desserts, but one of them was fruit with whip cream – I rationalized that it shouldn’t count as much). Six months have gone by since I made the pact, and aside from that one time, I have not deviated.
So my conversation this past weekend with my father bothered me a little bit. I was talking about how I was eating healthier and that he should too. He responded that he just needed to give me a week at home and I’d break that. It is true that we still have a lot of sweets. But I don’t think he realizes my desire to eat healthy (which hopefully I’ll cover in a later post).
So how did I stop my sweet cravings?
1. As I said up above, I committed to cutting down my sweet eating. Only once a week do I allow myself to have anything that I would label a “dessert”. If this is not something you want to commit to, then you are going to have a hard time staying firm in your commitment.
2. I do not let myself cheat. If I cheat once, it makes it so much easier to cheat again. There definitely have been some times where I would love to dig in to something. Then I realize that I am trying to make myself healthier and that I am working more towards the long term than just receiving short term pleasure.
3. I have stopped eating food that I believe is bad for my body, meaning reducing processed foods in my diet. This also means paying more attention to what I buy at the grocery store. Do you realize there is high fructose corn syrup in many of the breads you buy at the grocery store. Yuck!
4. And finally, I have upped the amount of fruits and veggies I eat. I’ve learned how to make them taste good through a little trial and error. I can’t believe they used to be the thing that kept me from cleaning my plate when I was younger.
Have you tried to cut your sweets down?