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Cravings.

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

I’m talking about food folks!

By no means am I a nutrition expert, but I do know a few things. And I pay attention to a few others.

First I must recommend The Nutrition Diva podcast/weekly newsletter/books (all available on iTunes). She’s a factual breath of fresh air in the minutia of myths that abound when it comes to nutrition information.

If you’re like me the start of this New Year brought a RE-start of healthy eating habits. I’m a BIG proponent of nutritious victuals. But I’m also a BIG supporter of not depriving my sweet tooth. As long as you choose wisely there’s plenty of room for a daily craving.

When it comes to choosing your treat, take a minute and think about the
3 T’s:

~Timing~
I’d like to have a sweet something with my morning coffee, after breakfast, between breakfast and lunch, after lunch, and, well, you get the idea. But you should really limit yourself to one sweet-treat per day (and about 100 calories). Decide in the morning WHEN you’ll get your treat. Maybe you like yours as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. I personally like to save mine for after dinner. Just make sure you indulge when you’re not too hungry to avoid having more than ONE of whatever it is you choose to indulge in.

~Type~
There’s lemony, strawberry-y, coconut-y, and of course chocolate! Some people genuinely don’t have a sweet tooth (not something I can relate to!). but So maybe their cravings are of the salty, savory type. These rules still apply.

~Texture~
This is something that many people don’t realize. The texture of a desired treat is JUST as important as what its made of. There’s creamy, chewy, crispy, hot, cold……..pay attention to both type AND texture and you’re more likely to quench the little sweet monster that lurks inside.

I’ve recently found a couple of treats that satisfy yet don’t jeopardize:
Fiber One 90 calorie brownies (chewy, chocolatey, and available in a big box
at Costco)
Special K 100 calorie fruit crisps (these taste like pop-tarts and are also
available in a big box at Costco)
Skinny Cow Peanut Bars (Little Debbie also now makes a 100 calorie
version of her classic peanut butter crisps)
Skinny Cow ice cream treats (they have a great variety and they all taste
great)

There’s a slew of other 100 calories treats but the key is if you buy the box make sure you’re capable of eating only ONE of the packages. Most days I can do this, but sometimes I don’t. If you over-indulge one day don’t beat yourself up just start fresh the next. When it comes to nutrition your average is much more important than any one “good” or “bad” day.

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine thy food” Hippocrates

And sometimes that medicine is a bit of chocolate!

Happy Eating!