Tuesday, April 13, 2010
In Sweden, we have the concept of Saturday Sweets, "Lördagsgodis" (excerpt from Swedish Wikipedia using Google translator - with corrections: "Saturday Sweets was in the 1950s and '60s an established concept for parents and other guardians to limit children eating sweets to Saturdays. Limiting children's candy-eating to a single day of the week helped stave off cavities"). The concept still exists today, but is not very strictly adhered to by most.
My Dad, having a pretty serious sweet tooth of his own, challenged my sister (SYSTER YSTER) to rein in that sweet tooth gone amok. I got on the wagon too. So for a year starting from yesterday, we are limiting ourselves to "Saturday Sweets". If we have a party or other event where we know we will want to have sweets on another day of the week, we can "save" a Saturday's worth of sweets for that occasion.
If we fall off the wagon, we are obliged to prepare a delicious (but healthy) 3-course meal for everyone in the three families, i.e. 8 people. (I'd be really interested in seeing - not sure about tasting - what my Dad will come up with if he will be required to cook a 3-course meal!).
This challenge helped me today. I had bought some sweets from Egypt that I brought in to the office for my colleagues. I realized I'd owe my family a 3-course meal if I had any of it myself on any plain Tuesday. So instead, I put aside three pieces that I will keep stashed away and unless anything more appealing comes along, I will savor those three treats on Saturday.
Wish me luck...