There are two schools of thought on when you just have to have a sweet.
School number one says: Don’t deny yourself. Have something good, enjoy it, and then get back on track. Try not to make it a habit.
School number two says: An alcoholic can’t have a moderate amount of alcohol. Just say no. Sweets create their own cravings. It’s easier to have none than to try to have a little.
I confess that I fall into both camps, though I’m more inclined to believe camp number two. That said, which school of though is right probably depends on you. The alcoholic may not be able to have occasional alcohol, but the non-alcoholic certainly can. If you struggle with weight management issues, and you find yourself addicted to the very foods that bring you down, you’re probably better off with the philosophy of school number two. Your brain doesn’t process moderation. Step away from the sweets. It’s easier in the long run.
But if you’re okay with an occasional sweet snack or treat, and weight control isn’t a big problem for you, go ahead and have some sweets from time to time.
And while you’re at it, consider these ideas for sweet-craving snacks that are least likely to produce out of control cravings of their own:
- Part-skim mozzarella stick or 1 oz cheddar with a medium apple
- Cubed Swiss cheese with berries or a small handful of dried fruit
- Apple or pear slices with nut butter
- Cottage cheese and fruit yogurt with cinnamon
- Cottage cheese with berries, apples, peaches, etc., sliced almonds and cinnamon
- Rice, almond, soy, or low fat cow milk and high fiber cereal or oatmeal with sliced almonds
- Plain yogurt sweetened with agave nectar, or xylitol. Add granola, almonds, berries, peaches, dried fruit, wheat germ, ground flaxseed or any high fiber cereal.
(source: The Healthiest Meals on Earth by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S.)