You may or may not know I am a baker. My earliest memory at 3 years old was asking my Mother to make cookies and staring at the bowl with butter transfixed upon how it could actually end up as something I could eat.
Baking was the way I had fun and was highly valued as I came from an Italian family where food was essential to every occasion and to be without was almost sinful.
Eventually my love for baking and food led to my profession. I still love to bake, so how do I reconcile this love with my everyday job of speaking to clients each day about how to moderate their carbohydrate and sweet intake?
Good question. I do believe that having some sweet every day is important to moderating overall sugar intake. I advocate 2 squares of dark chocolate per day. My clients tell me “those 2 squares help when I’m at a party to avoid having the rich desserts or bread while out since I know I can come home and enjoy my dark chocolate.”
Those Holiday Goodies…
But what about all the holiday goodies, cookies, treats, and See’s candy laying around the office never mind the amount at parties, 2 of which I experienced just today.
I ask myself – how do you want to feel AFTERWARD? I know a bite or two might be okay but beyond that I’ll feel bloated, uncomfortable and hungrier than normal later and for a few days.
Giving IN versus RESISTANCE Muscle
It’s just not worth it – and sometimes just one bite increases your “giving in muscle” opening the festival flood gates and lowers the “resistance muscle” of
“I want to feel comfortable in my clothes and have good energy tomorrow.”
If it feels safe to have a little extra go for it, but consider the amount, how it will make you feel in the moment, later on AND will it increase your desire for more?
The holidays come and go and unfortunately your health and weight do not go on vacation. If you indulge do so wisely and remember the most important goody you can give yourself is a healthy happy body – and not a sugar hangover.