From what I’ve gathered, we tend to think we owe it to ourselves to give in to temptation. We think that if we don’t have the treats, then we are somehow being jipped or unable to enjoy life. We think that “now or never” may become our M O. We also are accustomed to having that sweet something after meals at least once per day. So we’ve trained ourselves to have dessert.
Well we are basically spoiled, but the constant binge or giving in is making us unhealthy with the addition of body fat and/or toxins that come from junk food.
My challenge to you is to take a step back (literally remove your hand from the offending food) and ReTHINK the urge. Ask yourself, do i need this sugar, this cookie, those chips, this bowl of ice cream just because my family is having some? Is there an alternative for me that will satisfy me enough without the constant giving in?
You may also ask yourself, is my body missing something that makes me always crave something? This could be the case, although not always. I’ve learned that by having brown rice and other hearty like foods, the “need” for the after meal treat decreases. This can show that our bodies need a more satisfying sugar that comes from whole, high fiber foods. The general digestion process take some time and for good reason. We should not want something more after our meals. If this is so, we may not have eaten enough of what we essentially crave. The non-essential craving should dissipate with the essentials being added to our meals.
If you still desire a sweet something, i suggest a half ounce of dark chocolate (the higher the cacao percentage the better: i like 72%). This provides a little sweetness AND antioxidant protection.
If you take that step back as suggested, you may come up with a healthy snack for your in-between meal snack time. Schedule your meals and snacks with most beverages being consumed in between all eating times. This curbs hunger too.
One of my “step back” snacks has included sprouted grain bread with a tablespoon of peanut butter. Another one is a piece of low-glycemic fruits such as an apple or pear with a handful of nuts. Try sprinkling fruit slices with cinnamon and topping with chopped nuts. Then eat it with a fork—somehow this is more satisfying.
For healthy desserts, including healthy ingredients in your dessert—which shouldn’t necessarily be every day, will reap some good benefits. For those of you who know me, all my desserts are made 99% healthy, made without refined flours or sugars, and many times have only dates or coconut sugar as the sweetener. There are many ways to make healthy treats. Begin to explore and have fun with it. You can check out some recipes here if you’d like.
Part of enjoying life is learning that we are not the center of the universe and there are other important matters to tend to. Then greater joy will come because of selflessness. The quick indulgent behaviors and desires may then be replaced with that hobby you love or reading and educating yourself.
Proverbs 25:16 If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.
Proverbs 25:28 A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.
Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others
Hebrews 13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God