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7/17/12 1:13 P

Bacon! If fried until crisp and well-drained, it can be worked into a diet once in awhile, in small quantities. Nuts, dark chocolate and wine are all good for you in moderation, rich in anti-oxidants. My rule is nothing is off-limits, just be sensible about it and make sure you count your calories.

BUFFEDSTUFF-- Posts: 2,520
7/17/12 1:10 P

Don't tell the green police but I refuse to give up bottled water. emoticon

KDYLOSE Posts: 1,665
7/17/12 1:03 P

mayonnaise and Amy's Goddess salad dressing

(though I do use reduced fat mayo, and only 1 tbsp of dressing instead of 2)

CHICCHANTAL Posts: 2,135
7/17/12 12:57 P

small amounts of everything I like. Today, 2 bits of fudge and a tiny bag of mini pretzels. For people who love ice cream I would recommend sorbet made with fresh fruit. I actually prefer it to ice cream and there's no fat in it.

Edited by: CHICCHANTAL at: 7/17/2012 (12:59)
KESTRUNK Posts: 196
7/17/12 12:29 P


KEEPITSIMPLE_ Posts: 4,838
7/17/12 12:01 P

Chocolate, wine, and ice cream.

All things in moderation!!

AM_MORRIS87 Posts: 1,665
7/17/12 11:18 A

McDonalds ice cream cones. They are delicious, and help me stay on track. I don't care how clean I'm eating, I gotta have my cone!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GETIT2GETHER SparkPoints: (35,282)
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7/17/12 11:17 A

None. I have really learned moderation. I no longer eat things by the handfuls.

CLARK971 SparkPoints: (29,686)
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7/17/12 11:03 A

coffee. i have chosen not to completely give it up long term.

i have cut down on the amount, cut out adding sugar most of the time and replaced the flavored cream.

IVFNURSE1 Posts: 138
7/17/12 11:01 A

A glass of wine with dinner and once a month a few glasses of wine with my girlfriends during our book club.

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7/17/12 10:52 A

French Fries....while I'm not deep frying them, I can still make homemade ones in the oven and get my fry fix! A little olive oil in the zip loc bag, some seasoning, shake it up and bake. I'm good to go!

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7/17/12 9:59 A

Full fat coffee creamer - it is my favorite part of the day emoticon

KELLITWINS SparkPoints: (0)
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7/17/12 9:46 A

Chocolate and peanut butter. I just love them!

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7/17/12 9:31 A

Iced coffee. I love it.

MARIAK705 Posts: 2
7/17/12 9:18 A

Coffee and Iced Coffee! I feel so sluggish without it in the morning.

Edited by: MARIAK705 at: 7/17/2012 (09:19)
SNORTH100 Posts: 7
7/17/12 9:09 A

A small glass of red wine and a small piece of high quality dark chocolate almost every evening. As most people have stated, I believe in everything in moderation. It's the moderation part that causes the most difficulty!!

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7/17/12 8:36 A

Chocolate!!! Even if it's only a tiny piece, I just can't give up having some. I don't have it every day, but when I do, it's now in moderation. Sweets in general are a toughie for me, moreso because my family pushes food at anyone who visits them, which sure didn't build good habits in me. Now I'm having to undo all of that, and am taking baby steps to a healthier life.

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7/17/12 8:24 A

i eat healthy every meal of the day except at 8:30 at night when I have one cup of ice cream. It's really all that I indulge in, but I would be miserable if I substituted a "healthy" dessert in "celery and peanut butter" in place of ice cream.

ALICIALYNNE Posts: 2,230
7/17/12 8:10 A

I didn't really completely purposefully give anything up. I just eat much smaller portions of things, or enjoy them less frequently. I still eat chocolate, coffee, and chips. I just don't eat them every week anymore!
The one thing that has gone way down without my making an effort is the fast food. Especially Taco Bell- it just tastes gross now. I used to eat it once a week; now it's been several months without it. Chicken McNuggets also taste really gross; I still have a weakness for the Bacon Chicken salad though :)

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7/17/12 7:59 A

Coffee.....iced coffee, espresso, etc. Got to have my caffeine fix!

AURORA629 Posts: 2,393
7/17/12 7:04 A

I am with DRAGONCHILDE on this one. The only thing I really gave up was excessive calories. I still eat everything I like in smaller portions, revamped to healthier versions and/or as a very rare treat.

200LBSTOOHEAVY SparkPoints: (2,296)
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7/17/12 1:35 A

I've literally cut out most, if not all sugar. Since discovering I'm pre-diabetic, fruit, smoothie pops, and chocolate covered breakfast/energy bars now satisfy my sweet tooth!

7/17/12 1:27 A

I think there are two ways of looking at indulgences. Some people say that they fit everything into their diet, just in moderation. I feel like indulgence is something more along the lines of something that I decide to splurge on even if it's more calories. For me, it's butter. Nice, rich, creamy, salted butter. I eat it almost every day.

I consider cheesecake an indulgence too, and I haven't given that up, but only eat it about once a month.

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7/17/12 12:39 A

Coffee! Chocolate, too, but it's a rarer thing for me. Coffee is my every-day indulgence!

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7/16/12 10:33 P


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7/16/12 10:27 P

My flavored coffee creamer. One flavored cup, every morning. No exceptions!

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,577
7/16/12 9:46 P

I refuse to give up anything. Nothing is off limits. I just work it into my calories

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7/16/12 9:08 P


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7/16/12 9:01 P

I enjoy a cold glass if Pinot a few times a week.

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7/16/12 7:53 P

Mine is a little weird. I absolutely refuse to give up Newman's Own Creamy Balsamic dressing. I don't like the light/low-fat versions (they're too thin). Unfortunately, not giving up this indulgence means that I have to lower my fat intake for the rest of the day. But I just love it so much!

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7/16/12 7:03 P

Like so many others, it's icecream for me too...Strawberry to be precise. I've just found a good low cal/carb substitute...Blue Bunny Carb Freedome double strawberry. 1/2 cup is only 100 calories...I can then add frozen strawberries on top!

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7/16/12 5:38 P

I refuse to give up Magnum ice cream. I buy the mini classics which are about 150 calories and 10 grams of fat. And it is the real deal instead of some diet substitute that leaves me unsatisfied. It is definitely worth the treat and totally fits into my diet.

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7/16/12 5:06 P

good quality bread, no more than two slices a day, usually for breakfast or lunch.

7/16/12 5:00 P

Dark chocolate. I have to include it in my plan.

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7/16/12 4:51 P

I like many others, eat pretty much what I want. I eat in modeation, and if there is something looming on the horizon that i don't think I want to give up I figure it in at the beginning of the day. i try to avoid sweets becuase i was very addicted to sugar and its like potatoe chips, i can't eat just one. I do now know my short coming and can eat a small dessert and be satisfied 98 % of the time. The other 2 % i have to have a talk with myself and it works. Its working..

7/16/12 4:42 P

Toast! I love it! Only now I just have it for breakfast, not at random times throughout the day. There's no way I'd stick to a plan without it, I just make sure it's in my calories for the day.
Oh, and a few drinks at the weekend.

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7/16/12 4:23 P

Ice Cream Sandwiches..........mmmmmmmmm! I try not to deny myself too much. I have learned portion control and try to adjust things so that I can have one in the evening if I have had a good day! If you deny yourself it just seems to pull you further to the dark side of dieting so I try to just watch it so that I don't have to tell the ice cream man no!

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7/16/12 4:11 P

All of them.

To me, it's all about balance. If I want something, I have it, then I stop. No specific food got me to where I was, it was my eating habits - bingeing especially. I do my best to get my fruit and veg (somehow that got lost yesterday, haha) along with the other things that taste good and - more importantly - make me feel good. But if I want a donut at work or a popsicle at the beach, I eat it with pleasure, not guilt.

JJSKM21 Posts: 249
7/16/12 4:08 P

When I started earlier this year it was going to be Diet soda but I don't really want it anymore.

IN102WIN Posts: 862
7/16/12 3:53 P

Chocolate (all types except white) and salty snacks (chips, cheese _____ insert item here!) I eat them in serving sizes now instead of having the entire pack in front of me, and include the calories in my daily intake! I also try to eat it at least once a week and not every day as I am known to have done!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Edited by: IN102WIN at: 7/16/2012 (16:10)
LOVSSUGAR SparkPoints: (30,176)
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7/16/12 3:15 P

I eat everything I used to, just more moderat, or with substitutions.
I eat whole grain varieties of things, as well as more fruits and veggies, and "light" options.
But two things i will never substitute: sugar and butter.
Artificial sweeteners aren't the same, and margerine is just strange to me.
So i manage to fit things in my ranges by cutting back, not eliminating.

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7/16/12 2:13 P

Italian Ice! But now I go for the sugar free versions :)

7/16/12 1:34 P

I have a similar mindset - nothing is off limits or I have to give up. But I do have to eat some things WAY less than I used to.

Chocolate. I've been finding ways to fit it in and some days are better than others.

TKORTE99 Posts: 143
7/16/12 1:09 P

Popcorn at the movies!! I know its terrible for you, but I just can't go to a movie without eating popcorn!! Its just not right!! LOL!! Good thing I only go to the movies about once a month or so!

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7/16/12 12:34 P

Ice cream...I don't have it often. I have found that sometimes I want it just to have something cold and sweet. Although there is just no substitute for Cherries Jubilee, frozen yogurt or a simple popsicle sometimes works..but sometimes I just need my ice cream. emoticon

Edited by: TJ1TJ1 at: 7/16/2012 (12:34)
OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (255,340)
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7/16/12 12:33 P

a Chicago style hotdog. I don't have them often (not easy to find them in GA!), but I will indulge 2 or 3 times/year. Sonic makes a decent one, but when I luck up on an authentic Chicago style dog, I'm going to order one!

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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7/16/12 12:27 P

Everything. :)

I have given up nothing in my quest for a healthy lifestyle. I'm not dieting, I'm building the habits that will keep me and my family. I allow myself to have anything I like, as long as it's in moderation, in my calorie range, and I'm not shortchanging myself over the long term.

I even allow myself very luxurious meals occasionally that blow my calorie range out of the water. It's not often, but it's allowed.

I don't feel deprived, and I see no reason to give these things up. It's working for me!

7/16/12 11:54 A

If I really, really want something specific, I'll figure out a way to work it into my food plan. I just don't like the words "never" and "totally forbidden." If I do have a beer or glass of wine, or a piece of dessert, it's somewhat rare, but that's okay; I record it and count it in my daily log. Then I adjust the rest of my food so I don't go over.

If I know ahead of time I'm going out, I pre-plan and log the indulgence ahead of time. Then maybe I can sacrifice something earlier in the day.

Nothing wrong with a little indulgence from time to time. The problem for me is "free feeding" without any planning at all. I get into trouble quick if I rely just on my eyes and internal logic.

7/16/12 11:44 A

Vodka. I've been drinking either dirti martinis or just plain vodka with seltzer at bars.

LISBETH636 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/16/12 11:38 A

Is there any certain food or drink that you're not willing to totally omit from your healthy diet/routine?

For me it's a good heavy dark beer if I'm going out for an evening or celebrating. I know there are much more low carb/cal drink options but nothing beats the occasional good beer.

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