Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Why sould someone who is trying to lose weight keep sweets around when her achilles' heel is her sweet tooth?
There was a time I didn't. I bought into the fat free fad like most people, and my house was filled with rice cakes and fat free cookies. The sorts of things you either eat an entire sleeve of in one sitting, or you're hungry for more 5 seconds later.
The sorts of things that didn't really satisfy my sweet tooth.
And the problem was that I would eat everything else in the house because I was trying to deny myself the thing I really wanted -- because of course eating the thing I really wanted would make me fat.
So I have learned, over many years, that I need to have my chocolate stash. That by allowing myself to eat what I truly want, i am satisfied and I will eat less.
Of course, there are times, every once in a while, where having too many things in the house can get me into trouble. Never like it used to, just in eating more than I really planned to. Sometimes my hormones get the best of me.
For instance, I'd been very hungry the last few days (definitely hormonally driven). I did finally have a huge salad for a snack this weekend. It was satisfying, but I was having a hungry day and I was still hungry. But it made me feel good to just look at my huge bowl of food compared to my husband's little plate of a couple of eggs and a couple of slices of Canadian bacon.
Yesterday I'd planned on a salad as a snack again, but after a chilly walk with the dogs, it really wasn't what I craved. I chose hot chocolate and 2 vitabrownies instead. Thankfully, yesterday my appetite fell like a rock and I was totally satisfied for hours on that.
You've got to know yourself, as I write so often. You might have to totally ban chocolate right now. Or maybe you can only have it when you specifically go out and get it.
I just know for me, right now, if I don't have something on hand that will satisfy me, I'm more likely to eat around my craving -- which often leads to eating a whole lot more.
Do you have some sort of stash? What's in it? Or do you have to keep only "clean" food in your house? Have you ever eaten more than you wanted to because you were trying to deny yourself something you truly craved?
I know that I need to continue to try to tame my sweet tooth, and I do. It's something I work on all the time. And sometimes I've very successful, and other times I just need a little something.
Monday, March 15, 2010
If you're an oatmeal cookie lover, you should definitely check out yesterday's blog. No, it's not a real cookie, but it tastes like one -- and it's nutritious!
But today we're talking about dessert hummus. Never heard of it? Neither had I, until I thumbed thru the latest issue of Clean Eating Magazine. There's a company that makes chocolate hummus. Now THAT caught my attention.
I raced right home and looked them up on the Web, but there isn't any place near me that carries it (only a few places in the Northeast, actually, so very limited range).
Yes, they will ship it. But I thought to myself surely there are recipes for it out there. There are recipes for almost everything out there. And here's a couple I found:
Yup, right here at Sparks.
Hannah Kaminsky wrote "My Sweet Vegan", and while some of the recipes were just ok, some are just fan-freakin'-tastic (like the whoopie pies).
At the moment I have a raw chocolate-hazelnut spread I made, so it will be a while before I try this. But you better believe that I will. I always love finding "healthy" chocolate recipes.
Do you think you'll be making chocolate hummus? What ways can you think of to use chocolate hummus? Any other dessert flavors of hummus come to mind? Had you ever even heard of dessert hummus?
Sunday, March 14, 2010
One problem about reading food blogs is that you come across stuff you want to try.right.now. Sometimes it's healthy; sometimes it ain't (thankfully I hang out on the healthier food blogs). And sometimes, I have to admit, it doesn't sound terribly appealing. Even if everyone is doing it.
Enter the breakfast "cookie". I've seen it around on several blogs, in several forms, and I nabbed the recipe from fitnessista.com/?p=178 .
And yesterday I tried it. I didn't actually have protein powder, so I used Amazing Grass Chocolate Superfood, 1/3 cup oats, 2 tbsp soymilk, and added 1 tsp of chocolate chips. Then I added a little raw chocolate spread after heating it in my oven set to its lowest temp for about 20 minutes (oh, did I forget to mention that after you mix it up, without the chocolate sauce, you let it sit overnight in the fridge? Overnight oats or muesli, take your pick).
Well, there's a reason it's sweeping the blogosphere. In fact, excuse me for a minute, cause I got to go turn on the oven for today's bowl.
Ok, I'm back. Yes, it really was sort of like eating a bowl of warm oatmeal cookie (minus the sugar and the eggs and the flour). I liked it so much that I picked up a couple of packets of Jay Robb protein powder at Vitamin Shoppe (needed to get some stuff there anyway) to try it again this morning.
I'm not a big protein powder person. It secretly sort of amuses me that all these people who are so careful about what they eat have no problem at all with protein powders, which is certainly not something you can grow yourself or your grandma would be familiar with. But maybe I'll convert now.
Of course, it would be a lot healthier without the chocolate, but you know me. At least it's dark chocolate, and it's a small amount.
I'm not sure I've seen anyone else that heats it up, but truly, it's awesome that way. Still, it's meant to be a grab and go breakfast, so I suppose if you can't heat it it might still be good. Only this morning I'll be real glad to heat it, because while we changed the clocks, we completely forget about the electronic thermostats so it's a wee bit chilly here at the moment.
What recipe that sounded weird have you tried? Was it good? Was it a bomb? Speaking of bombs, there's this chocolate cherry smoothie that's been sweeping the blogosphere that I'm dying to try, only I can't find frozen cherries anywhere! What is the deal?
Saturday, March 13, 2010
. . . I've decided to try out salads as a snack. I already know people who do this. Usually in the afternoon. But I'm contemplating it as a mid-morning snack. Mostly because I'm trying to get more "filling foods", as WW would call it, in earlier in the day.
Breakfast tends to be oatmeal or bagels & lox or waffle sandwiches here. I do the occasional savory breakfast, but I just don't usually crave them.
I've been trying to get back to green smoothies as a mid-morning snack, but I'm just not that into them right now. I need something to chew, I think.
Yesterday went quite well. Because I made sure to get lots of fruit & veggies in early in the day -- and that's what gave me this idea.
It may be old hat to you, but for me, it's an old dog learning new tricks. And the biggest trick, I think, is to make the salad interesting. And I'm pretty good at that.
So how bout you? What do you snack on midmorning? Or don't you snack? Do you snack on salads? What's your favorite salad combo?
Friday, March 12, 2010
Wait, did I really think that? Why yes, I did. If only the rest of the day had gone as well.
Basically I maintained this week (up a tiny bit, but while I pay attention to that, I never really consider that to be "up" -- could just be a heavier breakfast, heavier clothes, etc., altho there were no barettes invited to the WI yesterday).
And the hungries/cravings continued yesterday. They handed out chocolate pretzel bar samples at the meeting . . . I didn't eat it then, I had my apple & my Luna protein bar that I brought with me. Yet after shopping I ate the pretzel bar, too. Maybe the Luna bar got me craving sugar? Because I was sure craving it the rest of the day.
Came home, had my nice planned healthy lunch, then had 1 Kashi cookie.
Had my nice planned healthy dinner, then had 2 of the chocolate peanut butter bars (about the size of a truffle, they're not full bars) DH brought me from Seattle.
I'm not sure if I got into a "well, I'm gaining weight despite my best efforts (or not losing, take your pick) so I mayt as well eat" frame of mind. Instead of "I'd like to thank the academy", I'd like to blame my hormones, but there are no excuses. Hormones ebb and flow every month and we've just got to learn how to ebb and flow with them instead of blaming them and excusing ourselves from all responsibility.
Now, the one thing I am proud of is that I may have eaten more than I planned to, and most of the extra food I ate was junk, but I ate it all mindfully, and enjoyed it. So it's done. Today is a new day with new choices. I will see if I can figure out what's going on, because if I can't figure out the WHY, how can I ever hope to change the behavior?
Do you feel guilty after you give in to cravings? Do you try to figure out just what prompted those cravings in the first place? Ever find yourself actually craving healthy food? Or chasing said healthy food craving with something not so healthy?
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