Before I start let me get the disclaimer out first:
Following are not life skills I am teaching or preaching to anyone. These are methods/tactics/rationalisation I do to deal with my own sweet tooth issues. So even if it sounds like advice, even if it sounds like I am steering you towards my ways, well it’s just your perception not mine. I am the author of this cheat sheet, however, the intended customer was myself. If you wish, you could copy and adopt any of my suggestive ideas, but you do so, at your own risk and advisement.
I have a serious addiction to chocolate, cakes, mousse, brownie, anything sweet I guess. My ideal house would have been the house made of candy in “Hansel and Gretel”. I am someone who would first check out the dessert menu at the restaurant. I order my main, depending on the dessert. If I like the dessert, then I will order a light main, something with no carb, a piece of fish etc. I just loooove sweets. Mainly dark chocolates and cakes. I like most cakes, I believe a good mud cake is an art form and cheese cakes should be on the menu in heaven.
This doesn’t mean that I don’t know the harm that sugar does to my body. But the joy it gives my tongue, the taste buds, which then sends the euphoric signals to my brain, to my mood, is all far greater and out weighs the harm it does to my waistline and the scales.
I believe that life is about balance. It is about strategies and maybe you can find a way to have the cake and eat it too. I have eaten salad for lunch and then finished it with a piece of mud cake. 50:50 I say.
So my strategies:
I rather have a piece of cake than a piece of bread. So that’s what I do.
I have very little carb (carbohydrates) through out the day, to save room for that chocolate at the end of the day or maybe sometimes even during the day.
I sip black tea or green tea all day long. No sugar and no milk. I don’t miss it in my tea, but I will definitely miss my chocolate at the end of the day. Even milk has a bit of Carb, so avoid that too, see this is all strategy.
I prepare most things at home, so there is no hidden sugar, eg bread, cakes, biscuits, most meals. We very rarely buy any pre cooked or fast food.
I don’t mind exercise, even a 6k run on a Sunday is worth it, if I can have a piece of cake.
So that’s my cheat sheet. It’s not perfect. But, hey it’s better than none. And I believe life is a balance.