Sunday, June 30, 2013
For those of you reading this that aren't part of the Let's Squash the Weeds and Turnip the Blooms challenge, my office had a retirement potluck. It was taco themed so there was quite a bit of LC food there for me to eat, and eat I did! As I fixed my taco salad I perused the table and what was there at the end? The dreaded brownies! I raced from the area that contained the bane of my existence.
I am not really a sweet eater and never have been but I must admit there are a few things that will seduce me like Adam and the forbidden fruit and a well done, rich, fudge brownie is one of them.
My plan was that I would just stay away from the food and not even pick up my dish until someone had eaten the last one- which I knew they would. Picture if you will a fresh kill on the African plains, vultures circling overhead, around and around just waiting for their turn at the carrion- now you have an idea of the staff down the hall that is always invited but never brings anything, instead politely refusing to participate but always shows up after our staff has had their fill. My plan worked. However I simply could not get the thought of chocolate out of my head- it was stuck in there like the jingle from a catchy commercial.
Thank Heaven for SP! Instead of snarfing down a box of chocolate pudding or worse (my house is not devoid of all evil since I am not the only one that lives here) I browsed our wonderful team forums and found an acceptable substitute; a sort of mock fudge. The fudge contained cream cheese, unsweetened chocolate, vanilla and Splenda. I knew if I made an entire batch I would eat it so I just cut down the proportions to a single-ish size serving. It was Ghirardelli brownies but it did the trick! Not only did I satisfy the craving for something sweet and chocolaty but it also was just the right amount of fat to bring my percentages of fat, carbs and protein to the levels I like them to be.
I LOVE the LC lifestyle. I've found because I'm not starving all the time (because I get to eat rich foods) that its the easiest "diet" ( and I use that term only because I can't think of a better word) to stick with. The craving for something "I'm not supposed to have" just isn't there as much anymore and, as in this case, I was able to eat something that was almost as good that I won't beat myself up over tomorrow. With the odd exception (BBQ's where everyone brings potato or macaroni salads), I can always find plenty to eat that fits with the program. How many low cal/low fat dieters can say that? I mean there are always the ubiquitous veggie tray the poor low cal/low flatters can munch on, sans dip (not that the store bought dips put out by the people that brought the tray in the first place are any good). I can be in line behind someone and watch as they pick through piles of grilled chicken to find a dried out breast, then have to take the skin off! I will think to myself "I'm a LC er and I will eat my skin!" Unless of course the friend of the person that brought the veggie tray is doing the grilling and they just dumped a bottle of store bought, high fructose laden BBQ sauce all over a perfectly good piece of free range chicken that I brought- Wait, I don't go to those BBQ's