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BLC 20 plan for the holidays

Monday, December 03, 2012

I have really mixed emotions about this. I know I have a definite problem with sweets. Yet to totally eliminate them does not seem to be a solution. Because if I break over and have one, it will be look out!! I won't stop until I have eaten the whole batch. Then I'll probably make more!

I have discussed this issue with a dietician, family, and friends. Most think that total avoidance of sweets is not the answer. So how do I do moderation? How do I stop at just one or two? I have no idea, obviously, or it wouldn't be a problem. I know I can lighten them up and make them healthier. But it is still a problem of stopping with just a serving. That has always been an issue.

The only idea I have come up with is to allow myself a treat each day. But only one with the idea, "you can have more tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that". Maybe that will eliminate the "fear" that leads to gobbling down every bite. It is like I treat it as "the last supper" and shove in everything possible.

I know if I would be sure to exercise every day it would also help. And perhaps vamp up the exercise.

That is the best solution I can come up with. If any of you out there have any ideas or suggestions, I will gladly hear them. I need all the help that I can get.
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    I's love to advise you but I haven't figured out how not to binge on chocolate when I mean to only have one. Once I start I eat it all. emoticon

    I will tell you that I eat a fruit every time I want chocolate. I have found when I am hungry I start thinking chocolate. So now when I want chocolate I go to the fruit bowl first. emoticon
    2501 days ago
    Thank you all for your comments and information. It makes me feel so much better to know I am not alone in this battle! If I ever find a sure cure, I'll be glad to share with everyone of you! I'll do my best this holiday season. Not sure how "good" that will be, but I will try.

    2541 days ago
    My opinion.. don't listen to them.

    Sugar for me... and flour to a big extent... trigger more cravings. So I think the answer is to find other "treats" for me.

    One year it was diet hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps.
    Another year it was reading my favourite book.
    Often I allow myself another serving of something I really enjoyed.
    I have tried sugarless jellos and cheesecakes... somehow aspartame and artificial sweeteners are just as bad for me. I'm not saying for everyone... just me. They make me hungry!
    If low sugar is an option... I have to admit I have been enjoying peanut butter dream (dark chocolate and peanutbutter) on a piece of fruit. Apple sauce, yogurt... all are OK for me. As a diabetic I don't eat a lot of fuit any more so that is a treat too... have to admit a fruit smoothie with protein powder is now a treat. Does it cause cravings? I don't think so.
    I used to have a rule of no sugars in the house. You can have them when you go out... and sometimes I will have something when I am at someone's house but I have to be aware of the consequence for me which will likely be cravings the next day. For me it is self awareness. Saying yes just means a long time until I can say no. If you can do the one a day... good for you. I have a feeling I would eventually lose control. One would not be enough.

    Funny because I was having this same conversation with myself this morning. It takes a while to get sugar out of my system before the cravings stop. It also takes a while to get used to small portions of food. I was rereading the thread list for "mindful eating" and not eating sugar for this next challenge certainly came to mind. Thank you so much for this blog.

    2541 days ago
    I have the same problem, I'm all or nothing, it's never one sweet it's the whole damn batch or bag! I try not to have anything in the house and when I go over to friends or parties etc, ill eat one or two so long as I don't surpass my calorie count for the day. It might not be the best and most nutritious way but its the only way I can find a balance. I am able now to keep a box of cookies in the house without guzzling them down but it's only when I'm focused on the whole nine yards, ie., working out, eating healthy and just 'on the wagon' when I'm off it ill eat anything in the house so long it as a bit of sweetness to it, I'm terrible! But keep trying your will power, eventually it will get easier!
    2542 days ago
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    I think you have the right idea of only one a day. I agree with PARKERB2--go for a small piece of dark chocolate. From what I have read 1 ounce of dark chocolate is suppose to be healthy for you.

    2542 days ago
    It's worth a try...
    2543 days ago
    I have see same problem...if I start I can't finish..actually I can but only when its gone! lol

    Honestly, I do not want to eliminate sweets from my life...I love them! Life doesn't need to be about denial you should be able to enjoy a sweet. I just need to learn a way to control myself and have one even two but not a bakers dozen! Baked sweets are my biggest challenge...soda no prob gave it yrs ago after drinking a liter a day...can be done but I gotta want it I guess!
    2543 days ago
    I eat or drink something sweet everyday I usually drink it in the form of a proten shake by pure protein called frothy chocolate this also helps me get my protein for the day without all the calories.
    2543 days ago

    I do the Big Breakfast Diet .

    Now each am by 10 am . You are to have a desert. That is in order to curb a sugar
    binge later in the day .
    as of now . I am doing the tame your sweet tooth by sparks team for 4 weeks.

    I eliminated sweets for lint last year , so I know I can do it.

    I suggest stay away from sugar free products . Good Luck
    2543 days ago
    My whole family has problems with sweets- we basically keep eating until the stuff is gone. My plan is to make smaller batches so that we only have one serving per person available at a time.
    2543 days ago
    Go for a small piece of special dark chocolate, the kind that is extremely good for you. Get your will power on and limit that to just a little and that should help with the sweet tooth. Hope this helps.
    2543 days ago
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