May I just say, I totally know where you are coming from, and I still have difficulties with this myself. Because, let’s be honest, dessert is delicious! I’m gonna preface this list of possible things to do by saying first that it’s OKAY to have dessert every now and then, and it’s much worse to deprive yourself (because that could end in you over-indulging later and then feeling guilty.) Here are some things that might work though. Test them out, see what you like:
1. Just say “No.” It’s /okay/ to decline a friends offer of dessert. Be honest. If you are too full for dessert, say so. If you are just trying to eat healthier, say so.
2. If you are the curious type that likes to taste, but always ends up eating the whole dessert without thinking, just ask your friend if you can taste her dessert. It’s scientifically proven that your first taste of something is the best bite anyways.
3. Try and cut back on “sugar free” things. Sounds counter-intuitive, but drinking a lot of diet soda, sugar free gum, or artificial sweetener in your drinks may cause you to crave more sugary things later.
4. Try something sweet, but healthier. Fruit is always a great option, but I’ve also recently discovered that mixing a little Vanilla Dannon Light and Fit with lightly sweetened Kix cereal and honeydew melon makes for a delicious dessert! I can eat a whole CUP of this mixture for only about 100 calories, so it leaves my sweet tooth AND stomach satisfied.
5. Portion it out. If there is a tray of cookies, don’t eat from the tray, but get a plate or napkin and put your cookie on it first. Then pledge to only eat what you have given yourself. Same with candies. Get a plate, place a handful of candy on it, and take the time to enjoy it from a plate instead of mindlessly eating it from a bowl.
6. Track what you eat. You don’t have to count calories, but taking note of the foods you eat—how many servings of grains, dairy, fruits, veggies, proteins, and sweets you eat daily may help you display more self control later. If you see you’ve already had two pieces of candy and some gummy bears one day, you might be better about holding off on yet another dessert.
7. Plan ahead. This goes along with not depriving yourself. If you know there is a party or something coming up where sweets will be involved, acknowledge this and cut back on sweets during the earlier parts of the day so you can look forward to this event.
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