Chocolate and birthdays don’t mix and I used this as an excuse to fall completely off track.
I need to learn how to indulge without overindulging. I need to change my mindset and learn that you can have treats especially if its your birthday. What is not OK is to use this as excuse to ‘throw the towel’ in and give up.
I’m not a quitter!
I am ready to give myself a kick up the bottom and get back on my journey. I will be facing the scales tomorrow (wish me luck).
One of the main struggles with losing weight and eating properly is having to cut out the foods you enjoy.
So whether it is that cheese cake, ice cream, chocolate chips cookies, or that pepperoni pizza, cutting out foods that you enjoy entirely out of the diet is a recipe for disaster. Cheese and pizza is my favourite – I couldn’t live without and likely reason I’m overweight.
The problem is that if you go without the foods you enjoy for too long, eventually you will give in, and then often you will overdo it, and probably cancel out a weeks worth of effort. Plus, you will usually end up feeling guilty, and end of blaming yourself and getting discouraged with your weight loss goals. Sound familiar?
What we need to do is learn to add small portions of the foods that satisfy your cravings from time to time. This will help to avoid a complete meltdown and falling off plan completely like have.
Here is a few tips for Smart Indulgence…
•Schedule your Treats!
Planning your treats ahead of time can be beneficial in two ways: first it gives you something to look forward to, and second it will help condition you mentally to limit your treats to those designated times. You may choose to have a small snack daily, or a larger portion of a food you love as part of a Friday dinner, either way just make sure you do not go overboard and exceed your weekly calorie goals.
I usually have a treat on a weekend because I know this is the time I’m more likely to cave in.
•Swap your favourites with alternatives
Often times there are ways to cut calories in the snacks you eat and still get the satisfaction. The awareness of health issues has created a market for healthier versions of the snacks that we all grew up on; examples of this are baked chips instead of regular, reduced fat Oreo’s, low calorie ice cream and frozen yogurts. This is a simple way to cut a few calories, but still satisfy that craving.
For instance instead having a whole bar of Diary milk swap it for one piece of dark chocolate.
•Cut your portions
If its chocolate, sweets, or pizza that you are craving, then indulge but limit your portion. One tip is to plan a meal like this a weekly treat tea, and then limit the size of the meal.
The basic idea is to satisfy your craving, without stuffing your face and wasting calories. You may be surprised to find, that it just takes a little of the foods you love to stop the craving, and get you back on track.
•Increase speed foods/veggies and healthy alternatives to your plate!
Instead of having bowl of cake and cream, add fruit instead instead of cake. Adding fruits to your desserts or using sugar substitutes are a good way to still have that yummy snack, but less calories and guilt.
In the end, its all about staying on course with your diet goals.
By adding a little indulgence to your diet, you make it easier to stick to it, and more importantly make it a way of life.
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