I ditched dessert, but no one said anything about breakfast pastries. These became my go-to. Having a carby sweet treat in the morning didn't seem like a big deal. I was just eating a pastry in place of, say, an egg breakfast sandwich, but I should have known better. For starters, white flour and white sugar are total blood sugar spikers, causing crazy energy crashes and vicious cravings (guilty!). And even though I wasn't downing deep-fried doughnuts, at 500 calories a pop, a banana walnut muffin or almond croissant isn't exactly light eating. But the biggest truth of all is that calories can't tell time, and eating a butterscotch scone for breakfast is essentially a morning dessert. (If you have a hankering for dessert, try one of these healthy desserts that actually make better breakfasts.)
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I'm the kind of person that if you say, "don't think about blank," it becomes all I think about. Not only did giving up dessert turn up my internal voice, cranking the volume from low to loud, but the frequency of my food thoughts multiplied. The chocolate chips in my freezer were screaming EAT ME! with such force that I had to stash them at my neighbor's. In fact, I did a clean sweep of all dessert-like food from my fridge and cupboards because of their incessant yammering. That shut them up, temporarily.
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I know. I'm not proud. But after I cleared my house of all the obvious confections and the sweet-talkers in my head still wouldn't shut up (out of sight, out of mind only worked for a hot minute), I went all MacGyver and whipped up granola bars from scratch. I carefully cut them into perfect portions with the intention of just eating one a day to satisfy my sweet tooth in a healthy way, but the next thing I knew the whole pan was gone. D'oh!
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One of the biggest eating mistakes people make is rewarding themselves after exercise. I've been guilty of this mindset myself, but I believe the adage: You can't out-train a bad diet. Yet somehow I fell down the rabbit hole again. My thinking: If I'm not indulging in a sweet square of chocolate or canoodling with a cookie after a meal, I deserve more dinner. So when I ate out with my kids, after devouring my own meal, I'd polish off their fries. And at home, I had no problem going back for seconds…even thirds. I earned it, right? I also earned the tummy ache and energy suck that went with the pig-out. Ughhhh!
You've heard the axiom before: Everything in moderation. I'm certainly not one to label my eating (translation: you won't hear me throwing around Paleo, gluten-free, or vegan like food badges of honor), but balance works for me. Not that I constrain myself with healthy eats (when it comes to fruits and vegetables, have at it!), but moderation keeps me to one cupcake instead of four and lets me enjoy dinner without obsessing over what I’m not allowed to eat afterwards. Moderation keeps me honest. In other words, I’m never giving up dessert again.
The article 6 Things That Happened When I Gave Up Dessert For 2 Weeks originally appeared on Prevention.