I am sitting here watching my beloved Packers play. I am also watching my wife bake cookies. She is making a double recipe of chocolate chip cookies. Since we had some left-over semi-sweet bakers chocolate (regular and white), she is using that instead of regular chocolate chips.
Here's my problem, I'm on this Die with a T and I really shouldn't be indulging my sweet tooth on such a delicious treat. You see, my sweet tooth is what got me into this mess in the first place. Before I started this diet, I had been a very bad person. One of the things I just loved to do, would be to have ice cream late at night. I'm not talking about just a few scoops, either. Hey, I'm no wimp I take at least a pint. I figure if I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it big.
This continued for several weeks and I was happy as a clam (a fat clam). The thing was, I started making it a nightly routine. It turned into something that I HAD to do to make my day complete. Sounds stupid, but I am a creature of habit. If I do something more than a few times, it will soon become a routine and from a routine it becomes a habit...good or bad.
After my yearly visit to the doctor and the diabetes warning, I knew that I had some habits to break, one of them being no more cartons of ice cream at night (which, as you know is the worst time to eat anything). I guess I should tell you that its been over a year since I've had any ice cream.
Now, what does this all have to do with chocolate chip cookies? Well, in one word...moderation. There is no reason why I can't have a fresh, hot, just from the oven, chocolate chip cookie and a nice cold glass of milk. I just can't have a bowl-full of them. It does no harm to have something you shouldn't (diet-wise) now and then. You just have to do so in moderation. If you can limit your intake of the "evil" foods, you will no longer have those intense "must have" cravings for those foods.
Diets are hard enough to stick to, we just don't need to make them any harder. Try and vary the foods you eat each day. Eating the same thing each day not only gets boring, but it can actually derail your diet. They say that variety is the spice of life. We all need something to look forward to and having something different to eat each day can help keep that spice in your life. There will be times when you will be tempted with an evil cookie or piece of cake. As long as you can control your portions, the occasional detour into SweetsVille can be achieved.
Now, about that cookie...
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