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KRCNOLA Posts: 16
5/20/12 10:57 A

Every two to three days a small piece of chocolate. I try not to overindulge, but difficult when others around you are.

FIT4US135 SparkPoints: (5,193)
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5/20/12 10:26 A

once a week or two weeks...but i usually fit it into my daily calories. I set my own range, higher than SP's range based on what my own nutritionist said, and so that i lose slowly, but for good. It is easier to not binge when you aren't deprived

JUSTMINE Posts: 1,165
5/20/12 8:55 A

I do like saylor,
If I want to eat something, I just adjust my intake for the day, to accomadate what I am going to eat..


EX-PRESSO Posts: 478
5/20/12 4:25 A

If I really have cravings - I HAVE to eat ...

But luckily, when I'm eating proper and enough, I m not having a lot.

I m more a sweet person.

But it helped me a LOT, realizing that some food (i loved) are not good for me and make me sick in less than 20 minutes.

LAWMOMSPLACE SparkPoints: (117,328)
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5/19/12 9:27 P

On special occasions, usually in moderation.

HANNENATSUMI Posts: 201
5/19/12 6:51 P

I enjoy lots of foods that others might consider indulgences, but I have them in moderation. They are simply part of my food plan.


SAYLORS4 SparkPoints: (15,007)
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5/19/12 6:17 P

Technically, I indulge just about everyday.

My indulgence would either be cheese or chocolate. And I allow myself at least one serving of both everyday. As long as I can fit it in to my food tracker limits for that day. I keep a close I on that. There have been days when I've forgone my chocolate indulgence to save the calories or fat.

To that end, I do try to keep my indulgences on the healthier side. Lowfat Cheese and dark chocolate.

Otherwise, I don't really indulge until family get togethers or holidays, which happens once a month or so. And then I'm back on the healthy train.

SHE-LION SparkPoints: (38,084)
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5/19/12 4:48 P

Twice a week.

PATRICIAANN46 Posts: 10,599
5/19/12 4:45 P

About once a week.....

COOKIE352 Posts: 443
5/19/12 3:47 P

twice a week

GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (128,944)
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5/19/12 1:25 P

As rarely as possible....or it becomes a great "excuse"...."I'll just indulge a little now so I don't overeat later." Blah, blah, blah.

I have to police myself CONSTANTLY to keep on track!

MOTHERBOARDER SparkPoints: (119,083)
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5/19/12 10:18 A

every Sunday without fail

KEEPITSIMPLE_ SparkPoints: (61,192)
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5/19/12 10:01 A

A few times a week, in moderation. Maybe a candy bar, or ice cream on Sunday. In the beginning only on very special occasions.

FIRECOM SparkPoints: (107,673)
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5/19/12 9:48 A

Only on special occasions when the family gets together for holidays.

MEMORIES7 SparkPoints: (104,263)
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5/19/12 9:31 A

Never !

KAYFORR SparkPoints: (2,233)
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5/19/12 7:04 A

Once per month, I treat my self to a small serving of a special treat. Moderation, and know when to stop is the key. I never bring my treat home, but make sure I am eating it infront of others who I have charged to keep me accountable. I always treat my "treat" as a side and not a main course and always. always share, so I am not continually tempted after I have taken a couple of bites, etc.

JESSIHOVER1 Posts: 602
5/18/12 11:52 P

Rarely, in the past 15 months I have only indulged 2 times.

EHASKELL Posts: 3
5/18/12 11:35 P

I try not to beat myself up about certain foods, and try to focus on nutritious fruits, vegetables and lean protiens. My major indulgence is usually a glass (or a few glasses) of wine. I'm focused on making sure that my body looks the way I want it to, so I count every calorie. I like to joke by telling people that my iphone changed my life because I've lost 25 pounds since I got it. It's really the sparkpeople app that's changed my life.

MARYA81 Posts: 192
5/18/12 11:27 P

I dont indulge indulge..if anything I will come across french fries (my weakness)..that I had made for my daughter and she wont eat..so then I go ahead and eat 10 small strips. I always incorporate it into my daily calorie count though. I never go out to indulge unless its my birthday, or a special day.
I have a prob. with portion control, so as long as I cheat within my portion limits..i'm okay.

I try to eat healthy 80% of the week! and its been working out great! :)

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,905
5/18/12 10:53 P

How often to I eat exactly whatever I want and not even think about the calories? 2-3 times a year (my birthday, anniversary and christmas). How often do I plan in food that others consider to be a non-diet food? Everyday. I will have a chocolate something everyday, because I love chocolate and don't want to deprive myself!

FORESTGHOUL Posts: 555
5/18/12 10:16 P

Define "indulge." i have a "treat" of some kind every day. might be a couple of chips, a cookie or something else. i have a piece of chocolate every day, well most days. white, dark, super dark, milk, exotic; i love it all. and a couple or few times a month i'll have a big juicy burger or pizza, chicken wings or cheese curds or something mexican or (gasp) an asian buffet!!
i indulge by having what i want, when i want but i don't binge. that's the difference. no food is off limits and there's no such thing as "diet" as a method. it's a lifestyle.
i keep a solid exercise routine and workout harder when i feel the need to and try not to worry about it too much. as long as the clothes i currently have still fit and i'm healthy and active, that's what matters.

DNICEST88 Posts: 393
5/18/12 9:31 P

I try to let myself have a small indulgence once per week. Today I had shared a slice of key lime pie with my dad. Some weeks I slip and have a few, other weeks I don't have any indulgences.

JEANNEBOYD1 Posts: 482
5/18/12 9:18 P

Not often. I feel like I get a lot more for my allotted calories if I eat mostly fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, etc.

MRSWCISEL Posts: 35
5/18/12 4:59 P

My indulgences are the greasy, fatty foods and I really have to limit them since I have high blood pressure and am on medication for it. If I eat too much of these foods it makes taking the medication pretty pointless really, so I eat them rarely, maybe once a month or so. Unfortunately those are the foods that got me in this situation (overweight with high blood pressure) and those are the foods that I still crave, so I work very hard to keep them at a minimum.

CAH-RD Posts: 947
5/18/12 2:54 P

It varies. Sometimes I'll have an "extra" once a week...sometimes a couple times a day. I feel that as long as I'm reasonable overall, I'll accomplish what I want.

LOGANSAMA SparkPoints: (1,451)
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5/18/12 2:43 P

If you really want something but deny yourself, you'll feel deprived. Nothing is off limits to me, as long as I stay within my set calories and meet meet my nutritional goals. So if I'm low on calcium and have plenty of calories left, I'll have a serving of ice cream. My indulgences tend to be sweet...I never have done a lot of fried or salty food. :)

If my mood is driving me, I proceed with caution because I am a compulsive eater. I'm also trying to make indulgences out of good stuff. I just discovered that Greek yogurt is FANTASTIC in smoothies...they taste more like milkshakes now. So I put a dollop of Trader Joe's whipped topping on it and feel like I'm in heaven.

FIT-HEALTHY1 Posts: 551
5/18/12 1:46 P

When I get the urge for something sweet, I eat a Hershey Bliss dark chocolate square...35 calories. Very smooth and tasty. Satisfies the sweet tooth and dark chocolate is good for you they say...albeit in small amounts obviously as it does contain sugar.



Edited by: FIT-HEALTHY1 at: 5/18/2012 (13:49)
VALERIE30907 Posts: 66
5/18/12 1:44 P

not too often... since April 7th anyway. Prior to that... all I did was indulge!!! so I don't mind staying off the sweets for a while in general. For some reasonTODAY for the first time sinc April 7th... I am CRAVING a snickers bar.

But... just cause my brain wants it doesn't mean my body needs it... so I'm just going to make cup of hot tea with half and half and artificial sweetener... and drink my veggie smoothie and stay on plan and tell my brain to BE QUIET!!!

HAPPYERIN Posts: 326
5/18/12 1:30 P

Right now I am trying my best to make all my daily calories count toward food that is good and nourishing, so I try to only allow myself indulgences one day a week (sometimes two, depending on what's going on). Suprisingly, it hasn't been much of a struggle for me because I keep myself satisfied with lots of fruits, veggies, and protein. My weaknesses before all this were baked goods like cookies or brownies, ice cream, and chocolate. Now when I get the urge, I'll have a Soy Lil Dreamer (a healthier ice cream sandwich kind of thing that's actually really good!). Or like the other night, I'd had a rough week, and "rewarded" myself with spaghetti squash for dinner because I LOVE it. I'm learning that treating myself food-wise doesn't have to be about sugar.

MILLIE5522 SparkPoints: (42,470)
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5/18/12 1:22 P

My indulgence is salty foods such as peanuts. I rarely eat them as they are so high in calories but when I do, I always track them and try to even out any calorie deficit over the week. The only substitute I've found for peanuts has been soy nuts which are good if I am craving that salty crunch.

LADYV2010 Posts: 77
5/18/12 1:22 P

I subscribe to the idea of refeeds, so about every 5 days or so.

JESSICADATKO SparkPoints: (7,209)
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5/18/12 1:21 P

I'm super picky about my sweets (even though I love them) after having a roommate who worked for a chocolatier for 2 years, so just any treat from the grocery store isn't really going to appeal to me... however on Saturdays I trek down to the market downtown with a friend and along with lots of super great farm fresh veggies I treat myself to either fresh gelato or a sweet dessert from one of the other vendors. That tends to satisfy my sweet tooth for the rest of the week and if I get another craving during the week, a lindt truffle fixes that :)

KATIEE67 SparkPoints: (10,675)
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5/18/12 12:56 P

Every day I tried to have something sweet like a lindt truffle or weight watchers ice cream. This prevents me from feeling deprived and/or craving something I really should not be indulging in.

I.M.MAGIC Posts: 12,840
5/18/12 11:39 A

I am diabetic, and I do have kidney problems, which means basically that certain things have to be either limited to small portions, or eliminated altogether. Things high in sodium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus... no yogurt for this kid! Oddly enough, I CAN have sour cream... curious, isn't it? LOL

It's not the lactose; like most protein sources, milk protein is high in sodium, potassium AND phosphorus... so I am only allowed one serving (equivalent to one cup liquid or 1 oz cheese) a day.

And yes, I eat sugar. I too will buy one bar of dark chocolate, and have one square at a time--usually every other day, though, and I keep mine in the freezer! LOL--it has a lot of minerals in it too. Besides, I have a bad reaction to artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes, so I don't go there. And it's a common myth that sugar causes and/or is bad for diabetics. It's not just sugar, it's ALL CARBS. Sugar just hits faster, that's all. And that comes in handy when your glucose levels crash! LOL

I think I'm with SMERRIMAN7 on this one. I figure in my "indulgences" as part of my regular meal plan, so I can eat what I like to eat-- within my limitations. It's all about portion control, when it boils down to it... and I try very hard not to do that "impulse eating" thing... lol

So I plan.

A HUGE thank-you to whoever came up with the tracker! It has made my life SO much simpler! I LOVE it! LOL

Kathy emoticon

P.S. MARITIMER3, about those salty snacks? My roommate and I each have a little "milk crate" bin on a shelf in the kitchen where we keep our own snacks. He doesn't touch mine without asking, and I don't touch his... His has all those salty things you mentioned-- and throw in the Reese's Peanut butter cups and the like, all my favorites! LOL

Mine has salt-free and low carb versions! Example, Lay's makes a low-sodium potato chip now--I actually PREFER them to the regular chips! I buy the big bag and split it into ziplock baggies so I can grab one quickly when I need a snack--which of course, I've planned for... lol
And I do have to be careful about nuts (they have that magnesium etc in them), but I can and do have a few practically every day. I go to Winco and buy the raw nuts in bulk and make my own blend of all the healthiest ones: walnuts, almonds, pecans... and keep them in a little canister in my treat-bin. Many stores like Walmart, Target, etc, carry inexpensive condiment cups, that hold about 1/4 cup... I just dip in and fill one of those about half to two-thirds full. The nuts can easily be toasted in the oven if you like that (I did it that way at first, but it was a hassle, and once I started just eating them raw, I actually prefer them that way--and it's healthier too! LOL) When it's sweets I want, I have that chocolate bar in my freezer, yes... along with bags of various berries and peaches, etc... but I also have a big bowl of fresh fruit (primarily apples) on my dining table, where they are up for grabs--literally! LOL

Play around with some ideas like this, and come up with your own. Anyone can! It just takes a little thought and planning...

... It helps when you get a craving and see hubby indulge, if you can have something that's your own...

TRAVELIN_FOOL Posts: 763
5/18/12 11:32 A

I eat what I want. I work out my calories every day and plan for what I want so that I stay within my ranges. I do keep certain foods (salty snacks mainly) out or to a minimum because I tend to over indulge when stressed. But, there isn't anything I don't eat. As far as changing things up to make them healthier, I do that some, I am a true Southern girl and love my fried chicken! I usually will make an oven baked "fried" chicken and that satisfies me, but every once in awhile I go all out and get the real thing from the restaurant in town that makes it the best! I have fallen for the Skinny Cow ice cream products - they are delicious and a good alternative to regular icecream. However, I still have regular ice cream if that is what is available. I wear a Body Bugg and make sure that I burn more calories than I consume every day. So even if I go over my calorie range (rare but it happens) I still work off those calories. It's a win win situation. Dieting didn't ever work for me. This does.

MEESHINTHEUK Posts: 419
5/18/12 11:24 A

I REWARD myself with fish 'n' chips (the proper kind, deep fried in beef drippings) once a month. They always taste so yummy!!!

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (121,155)
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5/18/12 10:22 A

my biggest problem is salty foods. I try to keep them out of the house, but DH likes his chips, crackers and salted nuts.

ALLYTHEATHLETE Posts: 858
5/18/12 10:13 A

I try to treat / reward myself everyday.

My Spark nutrition plan often schedules frozen yogurt with dinner, so I get this really awesome caramel praline froyo (110 calories) and top it with 1T sugar-free caramel sauce (45 calories).

Or, if I have some wiggle room in my daily calories, I'll have some Dove dark chocolate nuggets. 4 nuggets is about 1 ounce and 168 calories. I keep them in the freezer so it takes extra long for them to melt in my mouth.

I've found that if I try to totally deprive myself, food tantrums happen that cost me more calories during the week than my daily, planned rewards.

GUNNSGIRL91303 Posts: 3,170
5/18/12 9:52 A

About once or twice a week I will take a bite from my husband's nightly candy bar, so sweet is almost always my indulgence. About once every 4-6 weeks I will buy an organic high quality dark chocolate bar and eat it over a few days. I use the excuse that it is full of antioxidants and a good compromise when I'm craving chocolate. I ALWAYS track my indulgences so they don't get out of hand and I keep myself honest and accountable.

Edited by: GUNNSGIRL91303 at: 5/18/2012 (09:53)
JOYFULME01 Posts: 482
5/18/12 9:11 A

Everything in moderation.

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5/18/12 9:07 A

I enjoy "indulgences" every day, in moderation. It's a bad day if I don't have my small portion of chocolate! But that's exactly what it is, a small portion. I buy a bar at the beginning of the week and that's my chocolate for the week. If I eat it in one sitting, it's gone, so I don't.

SMERRIMAN7 Posts: 296
5/18/12 8:54 A

Some people may think of it as indulging - I think of it as eating what I want, in a way that fits in my calorie needs. As I've learned more about food and nutrition though, my 'treats' have changed. I've found substitutes for many things, but I know with a little planning I can fit just about anything into my calorie range. Though something extreme would probably end up being a small portion!

Most weeks I eat pizza 1-2 times. Because I work part time at a pizza place and on a day when I'm working 8-9 hours, that is what I need to do. But I know how to choose something to fit my overall plan. It helps that I can make my own food there, so I know its made right & what goes into it. I normally have desert at least 1-2 times a week. Usually something along the lines of frozen yogurt, so lower in calories. I snack on chip substitutes 1-2 times a week on average. About 110 calories for a decent portion.

So in my opinion no indulging, just thinking about what I need & want and finding a way for it all to work together.

NIRERIN Posts: 11,922
5/18/12 8:44 A

personally i am all for starting where you are and making what you like better for you.
i took a family recipe, which called for two sticks of butter and cut it down to a Tablespoon of olive oil if it's a really extended family gathering, i'll use half a stick of butter, but for the most part, no one really noticed the swap or complained [and it's my dead grandma's recipe and a family favorite, so there would have been complaints]. i've also doubled the veg called for and scaled back on the cheese. again, when i make it at home for me or the less extended family, it gets the triple veg, single Tablespoon of oil and half the cheese treatment. for the more extended it's double veg, 1/4 butter and slightly less cheese. and just cutting out a stick and a half of butter cuts out 133 cals per serving on this recipe. and no one noticed. at. all.
the other thing is that once you start cutting back on these things bit by bit, it becomes easier and you become adjusted to it. in other words, if you cut half the fat out of most recipes, odds are you aren't going to like the change. but if you start using a small portion less, and then scaling back every few times you make it, that's going to help you adjust easier. and if you like the food you're eating, you're going to be able to keep the changes you make easier. if you love pizza and you can make a 150 cal portion that satisfies you, you can have pizza more often. that's not to say you can't have the 500 cal slice from the local pizza joint you love so much every now and then, but having lower cal alternatives means that you can have it more often and it's not going to be such a boulder to work around. and the same goes for burgers or alfredo or whatever it is that you love. if you can tweak it to make it better for you, you can have it more often and it goes from being something to be balanced out to something balanced.

N16351D Posts: 2,349
5/18/12 8:18 A

My indulgence is to have two servings of sweet treats of my choice each week. For example, 1/2 cup of ice cream and 1-2 cookies. If birthday, wedding or other special occasion is coming, I will hold out for that. I choose the day and the treat.

This is a very difficult and daily challenge which has benefited me greatly. My cholesterol has come down in the last year, and my belly is smaller! It is hard for me to do as I grew up having treats every day!

ALICIALYNNE Posts: 1,555
5/18/12 8:08 A

I would say almost never, because I don't really count anything as indulgences! Moderation, moderation, moderation! When you have a moderate serving size of a tasty treat, you can make room for it in your meal plan so that you don't go over in your ranges.
My goal is a lifestyle change. I know from past yo-yo experiences that trying to cut out the foods I love completely will just lead me to resent myself, and then binge. Now, I plan to eat my favorite less-than-stellar foods. For example, I am going to buy authentic tacos de carne asada tonight. I have put them into my meal plan for the day, and will be eating a light lunch to compensate. That way I can ENJOY my tacos without the guilt and shame that can come from a binge. I CAN eat chips, ice cream, etc., as a special treat so long as I plan for it and eat nice and healthy the rest of the time!

SUSANK16 Posts: 491
5/18/12 7:24 A

My question is what do you mean indulge? If that means having an extra piece of delightfully tasting furit or a dinner roll or a couple of bites of an excellent appetiszer then I would say when I want it and all the time. Then again I am participating in a lifestyle change and I do not consider it as an indulgence Since I do not severely restrict my diet there is no opposing indulgence

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
5/18/12 7:19 A

Ouch.
Wrong question.

Do I incorporate foods in my menu that most people would not consider "diet" friendly?

Yes.

Do I do it often?

Depends on your definition of the food, really.

OK - here's the thing. If you use "diet" to mean a "quick fix" then you'll treat foods as "good" or "bad". If you use "diet" to mean a lifestyle method of eating - then you'll balance your food choices according to your tastes, and you won't overdo any one thing, to the exclusion of another.

If eating something triggers a negative response, such that you cannot stop, then I'd say you need to avoid those for a while. However, as a lifestyle, no foods should be strictly avoided, just because of a perception of "good" or "bad". I avoid a lot of baked goods and starches, as a choice, because I'm much happier, and my body is happier without them - however, they are not "evil"; that is just a dietary choice in my menu (example: some people don't want to eat asparagus, so don't)

THINKPINK06 Posts: 1,237
5/18/12 7:19 A

I rarely indulge. I just eat in moderation. If I want a brownie then i will eat half and save the rest for later. If I do indulge then I work extra hard in my workout and maybe eat fewer calories the next day.

BUFFYLOVESBIFF Posts: 43
5/18/12 6:31 A

Oops..this a trigger topic for me. So I'll comment quickly then move along... emoticon

I eat exactly what I want. If I want a brownie, I eat it. If I want a scoop of peanut butter, in it goes. Finding a healthier option to brownies just won't cut it for me. Because as soon as I eat the "healthy" brownie, I want the "bad" one. So I end up eating more.

This strategy has come from years of over dieting and finally figuring out how not to binge.

There. Hope that helps you a bit. Off I go! emoticon

NIGHTFLOWER03 Posts: 441
5/18/12 12:14 A

How often do you indulge in something not friendly to your weight loss goals? Do you go for the sweet, the fried? What is your indulgence of choice? Have you found something healthier that is similar or that has replaced that indulgence?


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