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Eat Your Carrots and Cake, Too!


By Mary_RD on Jan 19, 2010 12:00 PM in Tips & Updates
Edited By +Rachel Berman

By Tina Haupert, blog author of Carrots 'N' Cake.

Living a healthy life is all about balance, which is the main premise behind my blog, Carrots 'N' Cake.  Eat your carrots and cake, too!

About 5 years ago, when I decided to lose weight, I knew that a strict diet wouldn't work for me. I needed to find a balance. My new way of "dieting" involved eating plenty of healthy foods that filled me up, but I allowed myself to indulge my sweet tooth so I wouldn’t feel deprived. I love sweet treats like cookies and cupcakes, but enjoying them a little too often prevented me from losing weight, especially in the long run. Now, I balance my carrots with my cake, which keeps me healthy and happy!

A long time ago, I realized that diets don’t work for me. Restrictive meal plans didn't allow for my favorite foods, which inevitably set me up for failure. I'd religiously stick to my diet for a few weeks, but I'd eventually end up overindulging when faced with a big plate of cheesy nachos or warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies. I love to eat so by not allowing for the occasional splurge, I would over-do-it, get frustrated, and then quit my diet. And, of course, I’d regain all of the weight that I had lost.

Cutting the sweet treats out of my life also made me miserable-- and even obsessive at times! I remember one time, I met some friends at an upscale cafe downtown for coffee. My friends ordered thick, fluffy mocha cappuccinos and buttery chocolate croissants, but my diet didn't allow for these indulges. I enjoyed catching up with my friends, but the whole time, I felt deprived-- and, I couldn't stop thinking about all of the foods I wasn’t allowed to have! Now, instead of skipping out on sweets, I pare-down my portion sizes. I allow myself to indulge in a small treat everyday. A small piece of high-quality, dark chocolate usually does the trick!

While a small piece of chocolate each day is a delicious way to indulge my sweet tooth, sometimes I just really want to splurge. It's easy to grab a chocolate cake donut with my afternoon coffee run, but splurging this way never feels special to me. To make a big splurge "worth it," I schedule a specific time each week to enjoy a really a decadent dessert. For instance, every week on “Cookie Friday,” I allow myself to enjoy any treat I want-- usually, it's a big oatmeal raisin cookie. To make up for the extra calories, I cut a few from lunch and make sure to fit in a workout that day. Needless to say, I really look forward to Fridays now!

Another way that I deal with my sweet tooth is by getting creative in the kitchen. Making my own baked goods allows me to control what ingredients go into my treats. One of my favorite healthy baked treats are Banana Oatmeal Chip Cookies. They taste too delicious to be good for you! And, they're made with a super star cast of ingredients: ground flaxseed meal, banana, soy milk, agave nectar, whole wheat flour, walnuts, and canola oil. I usually end up eating more than one, but at least these cookies are a (mostly) nutritious treat.


Your thoughts....

Have you learned how to eat your carrots and cake, too?


We get by with a little help from our friends like Tina - one of our favorite blog authors who champions Calorie Count's philosophy of moderation.  Thank you, Tina!



Comments


I, too, cannot deprive myself of sweets, or anything for that matter.  It just sets me up to overindulge and fail.  I do log my food in a journal each day and count Weight Watchers points, as that helps to keep my portions in control, while being able to eat what I want.  It also helps to track water, fruits/veggies, lean protein, and whole grains. 

But, for example, if I go out for Mexican, I'm not skipping the chips and salsa and I will eat TWO tacos and the beans!  An extra mile or two on the treadmill the next day is all it takes, and the food is totally worth it!



Hey Nice post. Well I haven't yet learned to eat my carrots and cake but this definitely makes me think. I hope I dont end up eating only cakes Laughing



I allow myself either one 100 calorie pack of a sweet treat or I scoop out one tablespoon (okay, heaping table spoon) on chocolate chips and I put one in my mouth at a time.  I try to enjoy every single one of them and sometimes this tablespoon lasts me for hours.  (as long as it is walking distance away from my mouth. 



I'm a big failure when it comes to dieting and exercise.  I'm now 53yrs old and still so angry for not being more fit.  It's easy to be sabotaged with food that co-workers bring in, they too need to lose weight.  I feel my health is suffering for my failures too.  I try to seek out others that are motivated individuals as I am not.  Depression sets in and then the "who cares" attitude begins.  I know how to diet I just don't find it interesting enough to follow it thru.  My day begins at 5a.m., I drive 150 miles to and from work each day, my husband expects a hot meal each night and by the time I feed the dog as well as my husband, clean the kitchen I'm flat out on the couch and sleeping by 9:30pm.  I mostly wish for a miracle but that would be unrealistic.  I'm currently trying to cut out starch, sugars and most fats, exercise, well I walk at work during the lunch hour.  But how long will it last....it won't.



Jello Chocolate indulgence mousse cups are phenomenal!  60 calories and they are very indulgent!  I also do a lot of my own baking and have learned recipe modification, such as substituting applesauce for oil and eggs and cutting down on sugar.  Extra Fruit Sensations gum is sweet and cures my desire to munch.  and if i am going to have something i get a single serving size, such as 1 small bag of coconut M & M's (210 cal) and of course i try to offset by cutting calories elsewhere and getting in a good solid workout too.  Cool



I always say indulge and be realistic with yourself. I try to set reasonable goals for myself and somedays I fail but hey chin up tomorrow is another day.



Being diabetic I'm told to cut the sweets but wow I have a sweet tooth.  I also like diet coke, at least one a day and withdrawal yesterday as we were out of cokes.  I did realize I didn't eat as many sweets as I seem to like sweets with diet coke or choc with milk. 

Getting weight off is a major struggle.  In past two years I've lost the same 10 lbs. no less than 20 times. 

I've seen 198 for about 3 days and then here came the lbs. again.  At least I did get below 200. 

Yesterday I forced myself to get outside and walk a little bit. 

Having some health issues on top of trying to lose weight just seems like it fills up my whole day thinking about it and yet I get busy and don't think about it for very long. 

I also like food, sweets and I eat it because I like it, the tastes, pleasures. 

DH does a lot of our cooking and he for sure doesn't want to cook healthy so good food in our house is a struggle.

Still struggling in NC. 

 

 



I feel the same. I have the staying power for a little while, but a lifetime without sweets or potato chips is not tenable. Eating healthy and staying fit is a lifetime endeavor, so I know I must have a way to work in sweets and chips. So, I allow myself some of my favorites, but definitely watch the calories. The other day I baked cookies, and limited myself to just two. I thought at the time hey I just had two cookies. In the past, I would cut cookies out totally, and wind up overeating after months or weeks.  Thanks for your posting. I think I will try your cookie recipe.



Awesome idea--I think I need a "cookie Friday" too!  It's kind of a reward for all your hard work!



I eat the weigh-less oatmeal crunch cookies (80 cals for a packet of two) or two low choc covered rice cakes (88 cals for two) or a toasted wholewheat slice of bread with sugar free peanut butter topped with a fruit spread sweetened with fructose (at only 27 cals per tablespoon :p)...

that or I modify my favourite recipes... for instance for my banana nut bread, I've subsituted the flour with brown flour and the sugar for honey and I only use nonfat or 2% milk in all my baking and when it calls for yoghurt or cream cheese or buttermilk, I usually bake with the low or non-fat options...  I wish someone invented non-fat butter though LOL!!!



I eat whatever I want! I have lost 55.2 pounds and I think it is because if I want the cake or mcdonalds, I plan for it. So I will work it off, I think because I do that it saves me from binging. It's the way to do it!



Original Post by: sherylboyd

I'm a big failure when it comes to dieting and exercise.  I'm now 53yrs old and still so angry for not being more fit.  It's easy to be sabotaged with food that co-workers bring in, they too need to lose weight.  I feel my health is suffering for my failures too.  I try to seek out others that are motivated individuals as I am not.  Depression sets in and then the "who cares" attitude begins.  I know how to diet I just don't find it interesting enough to follow it thru.  My day begins at 5a.m., I drive 150 miles to and from work each day, my husband expects a hot meal each night and by the time I feed the dog as well as my husband, clean the kitchen I'm flat out on the couch and sleeping by 9:30pm.  I mostly wish for a miracle but that would be unrealistic.  I'm currently trying to cut out starch, sugars and most fats, exercise, well I walk at work during the lunch hour.  But how long will it last....it won't.


I feel for you sherylboyd. I'm the same age and I struggled everyday with my food choices. I do keep a food journal, which helps me control my calorie count. I also belong to TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) and am the weight recorder for my Chapter. I get great encouragement from the members and it certainly helps to stay on track. I try not to call it a "diet", rather eating healthy and making better choices for myself. I've also learned that I have to do this for myself and that I need to take care of "me" first. It's ok to take care of your husband or children but also plan some "me" time and don't be afraid to say NO. The housework will be there tomorrow, the dog or cat will get fed, ask for help from the hubby or children to feed the animals or help with kitchen cleanup, or whatever chore needs doing. Thankfully my husband doesn't expect a hot meal every day, once in a while he will fend for himself if I'm at my meetings or busy or I just don't feel like cooking a huge big meal for us. The key is to ask for assistance from your loved ones. If they want you to be happy and healthy,  they will comply....if not you have the right to do this for yourself and not feel guilty or selfish for demanding to have some "me" time. Find the time to join a local weight loss program, one that fits into your schedule...remember...you deserve it and it will help you in your weight loss journey.



I have finally gotten over the attitude that I am either "off" or "on" a diet.  It used to be if I ever overindulged, I would just go on a major binge, because I had already "blown" my diet.  I would add hundreds of calories that I didn't even particularly enjoy, because "tomorrow" or "next week" I would have to be back "on" my diet and I wouldn't be able to eat all these yummy treats.  I have finally accepted the fact that I can indulge occasionally, and not "blow" my plan and go overboard.  Even if I go over buget for that day, I can get back on track or increase my exercise that week.  Perhaps I need to plan a Cookie day each week....sounds like a plan!



Does anyone know the nutritional value of the Banana Oatmeal cookie? Would like to try them but want to know the calories in each cookie. Thanks to anyone who knows.



I too am feel I have been in a constant struggle. I have a sweet tooth! This is only the 2nd diet I can remember being on and I am 62. The first was 12 years ago Dr. Atkins and I lost lots..took many years for it to creep back. This time at an all time high but still only a size 12...I knew I needed a drastic measure. I ordered Lose 20 lbs in 10 days, knowing it was total BS but desperate to get a grip. And surprisingly enough, the diet was healthy and demanding. It helped me break habits, get on track. A 4 day on, 1 day off, 4 day on, diet, then maintenance and I  lost 14 lbs and kept them off for the last three months. Over the past months I found that I could eat just about anything I wanted, sweet and all, but NOT every day, and within reason...and the weight stayed off. So I think learning how to combine foods, how to eat leaner, less fat, and allowing sweet indulgence if that's your thing, makes it all work. And yes, my sister told me I had to buy a scale...and wow, that makes a difference too. Getting CONTROL over my weight has made me happier. I am now back on the quick start to go to the next level, I think 6-10 lbs... Good luck all of you.



Even Jillian Michaels alots 200 calories for dark chocolate every day!



Original Post by: mollybud

Does anyone know the nutritional value of the Banana Oatmeal cookie? Would like to try them but want to know the calories in each cookie. Thanks to anyone who knows.


I calculate these at 70 calories per cookie if the recipe makes 25.



I think your right balance is the key.  It's extreme eating that got me here and extreme dieting will be about as helpful in getting me fit...It's not cookie Friday for me but Pizza Friday! It requires way more planning to cut calories and increase activity by quite a bit, but darn it I live in Chicago and we do Pizza very well :)



"Have you learned how to eat your carrots and cake, too?"

My answer to this question is:  "Yes, I have."

If I decide I to eat a slice of cake or pie; a half cup of ice cream; or even a grilled steak, I do so without any feelings of guilt.  I plan our menus in advance and it is working well for me.  I also increase my workout routine either the day of or the day after I enjoy one of the aforementioned foods.

"Living a healthy life is all about balance, . . "  That statement says it all.

Very good article, thanks.Smile



I love food as well, like all of you food lovers, and in that is sweets.  I've decided that is time for me to loose weight and keep healthy eating habits and exercise regularly.  I too have been waiting for the person to partner up so I can be motivated but no luck in this department so I've decided to go solo.  I have a beautiful daughter and I want to be a good example to her and I don't want her to see a fat person as a mom and think that is ok.  So I've gone cool turkey, I've cut all my carbs and focusing mainly on veggies and protein, fiber and lots of water.  I'm making my repies very interesting and delicious, --to do this doesn't take that long, yesterday I ate a very delicious diner, grilled steak and a saute of green beans and onions.  It was great!  Today I'm going to have chicken saute with onions, mushrooms and cauliflower cook in white wine served with barley.  very simple and delicious! On my previous diet which worked very good I had whipped honey to satisfy my sweet tooth, I had dab a spoon of this and kept it for 20 minutes!  Is like a popsicle. 



I too have a very bad sweet tooth.  But I look at it this way.  I eat good all week long and then on Saturday is my free day.  If I want to enjoy some chocolate, cake, or ice cream I am allowed to do it on that day only.  I do look forward for Saturdays to come quickly. LOL.  I do love my food as well.  My kids motivate me to goto the gym everyday.  It is nice to have someone push you to go.  If I didn't have them then who knows I would be right back to where I was.



My husband and I are working on losing weight together and he is definitely not a happy man if he can't have a little something sweet in his life.  Last night I discovered that my No Bake Cookie recipe is only 100 calories per cookie.  We were so excited to say the least and one is chocolaty enough to give you your chocolate fix.



Learn how YOU can eat dessert with every meal and STILL LOSE WEIGHT!!! Buy my book!

Just kidding. I really do try to eat dessert with every meal. However, I always try to make sure that dessert is under 200 calories. So it's not a huge bowl of ice cream, or a giant slice of cake, but by Odin it is wonderful. I've been very successful so far and I owe a lot of my success to controlled indulgence in food.

And if you accidently go overboard with dessert, for instance you top your caloric intake for the day, then get really upset and really mad at yourself and channel that into exercise! Maybe that sounds masochistic but it works damn well for me.



Original Post by: sherylboyd

I'm a big failure when it comes to dieting and exercise.  I'm now 53yrs old and still so angry for not being more fit.  It's easy to be sabotaged with food that co-workers bring in, they too need to lose weight.  I feel my health is suffering for my failures too.  I try to seek out others that are motivated individuals as I am not.  Depression sets in and then the "who cares" attitude begins.  I know how to diet I just don't find it interesting enough to follow it thru.  My day begins at 5a.m., I drive 150 miles to and from work each day, my husband expects a hot meal each night and by the time I feed the dog as well as my husband, clean the kitchen I'm flat out on the couch and sleeping by 9:30pm.  I mostly wish for a miracle but that would be unrealistic.  I'm currently trying to cut out starch, sugars and most fats, exercise, well I walk at work during the lunch hour.  But how long will it last....it won't.


sherylboyd - I feel for you too.  my excuse is I can get lazy and what ever is there I eat.  what has worked for me to keep me on track and not feel overwhelmed is to cook once a month - there is actually a website and book on this.  You cook all day one day a month and freeze the meals.  There are really good recipes and tips on how to make it taste good on the day you eat the meal.  I also take one day a week to cut up veggies and portion out snacks, etc.  - this also keeps me on track.

 

hope this helps.

d.



Same here.  I love chocolate and I too treat myself to some sweets, I just don't over do it this time around.  For instance, I made homemade chocolate chip cookies and had one and felt yummy in my tummy.  I sometimes make a pit stop at the yogurt shop and have about 5oz with fruit toppings, almonds, and a sprinkle of recess pieces minis. 



I hear ya! I feel like I'm pretty good about satisfying the sweet tooth.  If I have a cookie that day I just adjust my calories throughout. A few less at each meal. It evens out in the end and combined with a workout I'm not sabotaging myself.  I recently was out of town and enjoyed a glass of wine each night. I knew it was going to happen so I just accommodated it in my meal plans. I think too many people think diet means chicken, fish, and veges. As if anyone would succeed at that!!!  



Cookie Friday sounds like a great idea, as does the small indulgence during the week.  I struggle with my love of food, sweets especially.  I really do love fruit and like lots of vegetables, but they don't match sweets.  sigh :)  Maybe this will work! Thx!!



Original Post by: randeric

I eat whatever I want! I have lost 55.2 pounds and I think it is because if I want the cake or mcdonalds, I plan for it. So I will work it off, I think because I do that it saves me from binging. It's the way to do it!


I'm with you randeric. I am down over 42lbs and I adopted a similar attitude. While I eat well 80% of the time, if I know I'm going to indulge I plan for it and this really seems to work for me too. Congrats on 55.2...I'm right behind ya!!



Thank you so much for writing this blog! I have never been on a diet as I have always been pretty average with my weight. I quit smoking over a year ago and have put on 35 pounds! Being a smoker since I was 12, I never really "tasted" food, I just ate to eat. Now, I LOVE food, all of it- but my true weakness is sweets. I recently made a decision to eat healthier, I too bake at home (I'm just starting to change to healthier ingredients), and I am doing much smaller portion sizes. (today I grabbed 10 M&M's out of a co-workers bowl--not 100). I allowed the treat, but I'm NOT going to overindulge. I'm going to try to schedule the "special" treat, I love that idea! My biggest problem currently is finding the time to exercise!! I am a full time working mom going to school part time, and I also participate in a self help group... when can I get some exercise?????? Keep your fingers crossed for me, it's only my begining!



I totally agree! I cannot do a diet that tells me "I cant eat this or that" because I know I will fail....

I totally believe in monderation. I just make sure that I dont go over 1500 calories and my meals for the most part is nutricious and balanced. I can still have icecream for dessert but I do portion it now. I do half a cup instead of 2 bowls lol. I still eat out once a week. Just not 3-5x out the week.



I too have the worst sweet tooth and I know what it's like to deprive yourself and then end up splurging too much!  I like to buy those frozen bags of mixed berries (b/c they never go bad quickly like fresh fruit) and defrosting a cup or two of the berries in the microwave.  I add agave nectar and add some chopped walnuts for healthy fats, and it's an awesome dessert.  I think if you stop eating a ton of overly sweet things, you don't crave it as much.  I now crave fruit all the time!



I agree with you.  But the only way that I can have a sweet treat and feel ok about it is to have a sugar free candy.  I totally love chocolate and I was diagnosed a diabetic last summer.  Though they still have calories, of course, they do have less and no sugar.  You have to limit yourself on these too though b/c they have sugar alcohol, which lead to calories.  I love love Russell Stover toffee squares, strawberry cremes, mint patties and coconut mounds.  I hope this helps you some and you can enjoy chocolate again.  Also, most candy companies make some sort of sf version.  Enjoy!



I use the 100 calorie snack packs that come in oreo or chocolate chip mini cookies.. delicious...but i have a question.

If you have a bag of cookies or a tub of ice cream in the fridge how can you only eat 2 cookies or 1/2 cup of ice cream when you know they're still in your cupboard or in your fridge full of yummy goodness for however long it would take you to consume the whole thing, especially if you're only having it once a week?

 I don't buy those things anymore because when your emotional eating or get off the wagon that would be the things i would go for.  I can see it working if you're out and about and grabbing a 1/2 cup of frozen yogurt or some dark chocolate, but to be able to control your portions and still be able to have those types of foods laying around the house definately wouldn't work for me.  I know it's all about portion size, but for me this definately wouldn't work. Who can bake only two cookies at a time??? Give the other 12 to my son?? lol, but i have it under control and figured out that the 100 calorie portion control packets of sweet thing is the way to go for me.

But it's all about a positive attitude and being able to believe that you can do it and not think that you're going to fail like someone posted above... of course you're going to fail, it's what you already believe is going to happen, and it will.............  the ability to control your mind and think  the thoughts you truly want to think, so it will help controlling your emotions so you can make better food choices, and really take charge of our lives to get rid of the BURDEN that surrounds our waistlines.



My 19 year old son just left for Army Reserve's basic training and I'm an emotional wreck! On a bright note, I am logging what I'm eating! I have been on every diet that there is. I've lost weight and gained it back plus more. I even had lap band surgery in May 2008 which didn't work for me. It only makes me feel like I have two stomachs now. I really think that it comes down to calories in and calories out. Personally, I can't continue to eat over 2500 calories a day and not exercise and think that I'll lose weight. What blows my mind is that there is 3500 calories in 1 lb. So to lose just 1 lb, you have to burn or reduce calorie intake by 3500! It really makes you wonder how many hours a day the the Biggest Loser contestants are working out to pull such huge numbers every week. But I agree with everyone that we cannot deprive ourselves of anything including sweets and fast foods. We just have to be accountable. It's not a diet, it's a lifetime change!



"If you have a bag of cookies or a tub of ice cream in the fridge how can you only eat 2 cookies or 1/2 cup of ice cream when you know they're still in your cupboard or in your fridge full of yummy goodness for however long it would take you to consume the whole thing, especially if you're only having it once a week?"

We now eat according to a planned menu.  If ice cream or cookies are not on the menu, they will not be a part of any of the meals on that day.  Six months ago, however, there would have been a very different outcome.



when I was on a doctor-supervised diet last year, my doctor recommended Hershey's kisses. She opened her drawer and showed me her bagful. I was allotted 3 kisses per day -- that's 77 calories -- and for months, that's what I took - on doctor's orders!!! It really helped with the sweet tooth. (and I buy the dark chocolate kisses.)



Hi Sheryl, I'm the same age as you, so I felt I needed to tell you that I share the frustrations of wanting to cut back on calories and having a tough time of getting enough exercise.

I think most of us would agree that we live an "all or nothing" lifestyle which is what brought us to this stage. I'm currently ramping up my walking, asking my kids to help with the dinner dishes, kitchen, dog walks etc., so I have more time to be sane.

Success for today is that I journaled the food I've eaten, will head out for a 15 min. walk in a few minutes w/coworker and have a freezer stocked with Trader Joe organic veggies that I bought yesterday. The scale was nice this morning; by cutting back the last 3 days, I've lost the 3 extra holiday pounds. I have 10 more to go to feel like a big success, and hope you too, continue to log on here to get inspired. Take time for YOU!!

 



I can't keep cookies or ice cream in my house, the temptation is too great. I allow myself 2-3 pieces of chocolate when I feel the urge. A weight watchers teacher once said that "Deprivation leads to bingeing". How true for me.Foot in mouth



I agree with Tina. If I don't get atleast one little treat a day,I could do some real damage when it comes to over eating. I have tried every diet under the sun and the more restrictive it is I have a greater chance of failing. I was doing really good on a diet and I think it was because I had developed a routine. Then the weekend hit and I had no commitments or schedules to follow and I slowly went back to my old ways over the long weekend. Does anybody have this same problem and if they do can you please tell me what you do in this situation



Honestly I used to think those flavored waters were a silly invention, but I now appreciate them since I had to cut out most of the sugar from my diet. They really do help with a sweet tooth because most of the fruit flavors are so sweet tasting. Also: bananas. A banana a day has helped ease the cravings. They are sweet and the texture seems more sinful than veggies or other fruits. 



I had a friend that lost a lot of weight and she ate 4 frozen chocolate kisses for her dessert every night - she said that was about 100 calories and they lasted a lot longer (don't chew) if frozen - the dark chocolate is a good idea!



Thank for this article! I´m going to try this method!



I am a evening eater and comfort eater at times. I have worked out if I keep my calories low through the day I can have a little party in the evening and it gets me through. It works for me. Cheers Robyneb.



What is the calorie count for the Banana Oatmeal Chip Cookies.



Try my YUMMY carrot cake muffins.  I don't have any kind of frosting calculated in, but if you want a sweet frosting, I suggest whipped marshmallow topping, at just 40 calories for 2 TBLS.  VERY tasty and satisfying without shortening or butter.

http://caloriecount.about.com/nutritious-delicious-carrot-ca ke-muffins-recipe-r310260

 



I've found that if I allow myself some type of sweet treat once a day and plan it into my calorie count, I'm less likely to slip up and binge on all my favorite sweet treats when I walk past them. This way, I don't feel as though I CAN'T have that cookie or piece of cake, or even a cup of ice cream if I want it ... I just have to plan for it. I also plan a "cheat day" once a month where I have whatever I want, within reason. I just have to be sure and get back on track the next day. This has worked very well for me in the past 4 months and so far I've lost 30 pounds.



wow! thanks for giving me permission to indulge a bit. i always feel guilty when i eat something tasty like cake.  recently i started to freeze bananas, i then take chocolate chips and melt them in a double boiler - (if you don't have a double boiler- i take a small pyrex bowl and sit it in a sauce pan that has water in it and slowly let it warm up and melt the chocolate chips) and dip the frozen bananas and place them back in the freezer for a nutrious snack. I guess you can do any fruit for that matter-like strawberries. i store it in a zip lock baggy. then when i have the urge for something sweet, i eat a little frozen banana- oh, i also cut it into smaller portions and only eat one.  

another thing i do for cake- i make my own frosting out of honey, vanilla- a few teaspoons, and one philli cream cheese stick.  i whip it all up. i control the sugar by the amount of honey i use. its really good and i justify it by saying- i need my dairy!! but its creamier and not as sweet as store bought frosting.  Try it!!  



Great advice!  I was thinking the very same thing.  Since we work, we should expect help at home as well.  It's a group effort like the income.  



There is getting it off and keeping it off.  I like the idea, that when I get to my goal weight, I can indulge here and there and use many of the strategies mentioned to keep the weight off.  

  However, I've learned that sweets will sabotage your weight loss progress. You could be struggling in the same five pound range forever if you splurge here and there.  

  What has worked for me is this;  I enjoy a small piece of 90% dark chocolate every night.  It is wonderful..filled with antioxidants..and it is not very many calories.  It does the trick.  I tell myself..when I get down 10 more pounds to my goal weight..I can treat myself to treats once in a while and keep it in check by getting on the scale.



I have a real thing for bread. I try to replace it with corn thins it helps and if anybody else can give ideas for replacements for bread I would be thankful.



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