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Choices Choices!

Sunday, April 02, 2017

I am making my usual weekly meal plan, using my friends, my many WW cookbooks. I am amazed at the number of dessert recipes in WW cookbooks. I haven't made very many of them over the years.

Now that I am at goal, you'd think I can now add the desserts back in. But I hesitate to re-activate a desire that with a lot of work I managed to extinguish.

The savory recipes call for low fat ingredients, of course, that's the whole point. Now that I am at goal, I am choosing to use whole milk in cream soups and full fat sour cream or yogurt in cooking, all measured out, of course. I can do this because I'd rather have the mouth feel of creamy savory than the sweet treat of dessert. And, of course, serving size is WW portions, not restaurant portions. Even restaurant appetizers are larger than what I would call a meal portion.

Some people love the desserts, and there they are, in full color in the cookbooks. I can't have both, alas, so I choose creamy savory. There is no right or wrong choice, thank goodness. With care (and a planner and a kitchen scale) I can have my 1 cup portion of full fat savory, and still maintain my weight.

I leave that sweet dessert for Christmas.
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  • IMAVISION
    I, too, am maintaining & choose to forgo the sweet treats = just not anything I care to reintroduce to my daily diet. We just have to make choices that work for us in staying at goal. I still have trouble with portion distortion at times = when I get lazy & don't weigh & measure = choose to eyeball it. emoticon Not a good choice!

    God bless!

    Ima
    1213 days ago
  • RUBYREDIVY1
    Wow you're brave. I don't think I would have the will to live without desserts...I can forego main meals but I have to have a dessert once in a while
    1240 days ago
  • JOANNS4
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    1266 days ago
  • JSTETSER
    I read your blog again today. Choices is what I'm dealing with!
    1267 days ago
  • JSTETSER
    Great blog!
    I hope that your day is as awesome as you are!
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    1280 days ago
  • BUNNY98537
    Ha! Devouring half a box of Girl Scout mint chocolate cookies between the front door and the kitchen is what got me into Weight Watchers in the first place! Maybe it was the whole box... selective memory! I can relate to what you've written, Nell. I no longer want sugary snacks and desserts, but there are a number of other foods willing to take their place. Portion control is so crucial. Perhaps, this is more true as we get older. We don't need as many calories. I don't seem to burn off those excess calories as I used to be able to do! I just got a WW cookbook with recipes geared for 1 to 2 people. For daily fare, these are sized just right. No leftovers, no "cheatability". As I'm working back toward my WW goal, I appreciate your thoughts!
    1286 days ago
  • MJREIMERS
    I can completely understand. Hugs!
    1289 days ago
  • no profile photo CD17654070
    I shy away from sweets too, because if I have sweets 3 days in a row, I am addicted. Then it takes a month of denying myself before the cravings disappear. So better not to go there at all for me. However I do insist on real butter and 2% milk. I will pay that bill in exercise if I must.
    1292 days ago
  • AJDOVER1
    Thanks for sharing your wisdom and experience here! Other than a few holiday treats, I'm not one for sweets. My choice is to make room for real butter in my diet.
    1297 days ago
  • KSNANA2
    I have a sweet tooth I am trying to control by avoiding all desserts. Not sure how long it has been as I didn't write it down. I like how you have chosen to use full fat dairy in your recipes now. That would be my first choice too when I can add back.
    1297 days ago
  • SNOOPYLINKOS
    good for you! desserts have pretty much disappeared around here cuz I eat the whole thing! WW does have some great ones tho, if you ever change your mind.
    1297 days ago
  • DOVESEYES
    Great choice :)
    1298 days ago
  • KENDRACARROLL
    Full fat savory is probably a better choice than sugary desserts. Sugar is such a big trigger for me that I cannot do just one dessert. I always wind up with days of cravings and why subject myself to that? Definitely not worth it.
    1298 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    My desserts are almost always fresh fruit -- pineapple and berries, maybe some frozen mango chunks. Oddly enough, at "business lunch" Friday the waitress brought us an un-ordered peanut butter banana cheesecake to share among four -- and it did not get eaten. Nobody really liked it and nobody wanted it . . .
    1298 days ago
  • NANASUEH
    Sounds like you've got a plan. You're already self-aware of what works and you'll be able to head off any backsliding.

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    1298 days ago
  • STRONGDAWG
    I won't compromise on Coke. I don't have it often but when I do, I want all the sugar. Not Pepsi. Coke. If it's Pepsi, I have water.
    1298 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I totally agree with this thought....but I thought I was probably the only one like this.
    1298 days ago
  • ICECUB
    THANT IS A GREAT IDEA. I DON'T LIKE ANYTHING "DIET". ALSO I LIKE THE BITE SIZE CHOCOLATES. ICAN DO PRETTY GOOD WITH THEM. I HHAVE TO WATCH SODIUM MORE THAN ANYTHING.
    1298 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15520036
    That's a very good idea. I've always been a bit leery of low fat versions of anything.

    I still have to get to where I can plan a whole week of meals.

    I believe you may be at least one of the longest, if not the longest maintainer on Spark.
    1298 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/2/2017 12:28:04 PM
  • SUNNYBEACHGIRL
    I find myself eating cake when I am down. It leads to more cake so I do try to avoid it. I do agree that a little fat in the diet seems to help quash the sweet tooth.
    1298 days ago
  • KITT52
    Doing what works for you..
    Great job emoticon
    1298 days ago
  • KAYLEEVICTORIAX
    I have been curious about WW
    1298 days ago
  • SERENASEA
    I have subscribed to WW Magazine for years, and many of their recipes have made it into our favorites. Like you, I don't focus on the dessert recipes. BUT...one of my favorite spring/summer go-to dessert recipes is a Weight Watchers recipe: teeny phyllo cups with a spoonful of strawberry preserves at the bottom, followed by a dollop of lemon mousse (equal parts FF or LF Cool Whip folded into lemon curd), topped with lemon zest. Such an easy recipe to make at the last minute, perfect to bring to get-togethers or for wedding/baby showers, and people actually gush when they eat these. (And a WW serving is three of them, even better.)
    1298 days ago
  • no profile photo ELRIDDICK
    Thanks for sharing
    1298 days ago
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