If you’ve been reading my blog, or following my Facebook page you will notice that I post a lot of healthy, usually raw food recipes. I had someone ask me recently if I eat like this all the time. Of course the answer is NO! I would LOVE to have the self discipline and the income to do so- and I am working on both- but for now I live by the ” everything in moderation” concept.
When I met Dr Libby Weaver earlier in the year, I asked her if her cook books were based off her personal diet. She said yes, that is pretty much what she eats 24/7. It’s no wonder she looks so amazing! While my diet is primarily made up of beans, lentils, veggies, fruit and Nutrimeal I am a real sucker for sugar. I’ll be the first to admit, I may….or may not.. have a bit of a sugar problem. I like-no, LOVE chocolate. In fact, I don’t like to go a day without having some sort of chocolatey substance inside me. Just sitting here writing this post is making my mouth water for the creamy, decadent taste of chocolate…
Sorry, where was I?
Oh yeah. So, I may.. or may not be an addict. And, there is nothing to stop me from having chocolate and sweets for breakfast, lunch and dinner ( apart from maybe my husband who would be giving me the stink eye), but I don’t do it because I KNOW i’ll feel like absolute crap-o-la at the end of the day. I have learned from experience that if I ate french toast for breakfast, pancakes for lunch and burgers and fries for dinner then not only would I have a pancake and burger body, but I would feel sluggish, sick and disgusting.
I know how to fuel my body properly. I also have weaknesses. How do I manage those when I am in a social setting and there is the temptation to over indulge? I found myself in this exact situation last week when I went to a ladies tea party for church and there were the most divine looking cakes, cupcakes, brownies, bars and rice krispie treats all waiting with my name on them! How do I enjoy myself and celebrate with those around me, without rolling home feeling ill?
1.Sit at the table furtherest away from the dessert table. This is a no brainer for me. If i’m not close to the dessert table I won’t be able to hear the brown mouthed demons calling me ” Eat me Tiffany, EAT ME, everyone is doing it!” So I hit it, and quit it.
2.. Take a walk. Before I put anything on my plate I take a walk around the table to get a good look at what’s on offer. This helps me to make a decision before I start piling things on that I don’t actually want, but will eat anyway, because I put it on my plate.
3. At the end of the day, it’s all cake. There were about 6 different colored cakes at the party. The chocolate one looked beautiful, but i’ve eaten about 1 million chocolate cakes in my lifetime. Instead I went for an interesting flavor that I don’t usually have and that was worth having a slice of! By limiting myself to different and unusual flavors it stops me from feeling like I need to try a bit of everything, just because it’s there.
4. Look for fruit. Usually, at a buffet or a dessert table there will be some type of fruit. I try to have something on my plate that is high in fibre like strawberries because they help me feel full faster.
5. Become a chatterbox. It takes your tummy about 20 minutes to tell you that you’re full. So, if we eat slowly then we get the message before we overeat. This one is easy for me, I just put my fork down now and then to tell one of my (many) interesting stories 😉
Do you have a sweet tooth? What tips do you have for controlling yourself when you go to a dessert bar, or are out celebrating with friends? Share them with me!