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MANDIETERRIER1's Photo MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,968
9/27/19 12:35 A

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On Pinterest there are many recipes for individual servings of deserts.

This is great. Once you eat your individual serving. It's gone and you would have to do extra work to make another.

If you're like me. Diet cookies or sugar free/ fat free/ artificially sweetened weird fake diet food. Won't do the trick.



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9/9/19 4:49 A

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I loved sweets, and had tried low carb eating in the past without much success.
This year though I did try keto again. This time it worked. I was able to get past the desire for sugar and the weight has been falling off. Not like they tell you in magazines...losing 10 pounds a week...that does not happen for most people. But a pound a week for 30 weeks. Sometimes more, sometimes less..but over the course of this year a slow, steady loss. The results have been worth it. And after the first couple of weeks I find I can walk past a dessert counter and feel good about making the choices I have.
I did add whole grain, high fiber carbs back into my diet after a couple of months. I do read labels and avoid almost all added sugar. The majority of the sugar that I do eat comes from the sugar that exists in milk as I do drink a couple of glasses of milk a day.
I did have a challenge last month when our church group had an annual birthday party. We were to bring ice cream and cake. I wondered how I would do that. I found ice cream in single serve containers that were 100 calories each and a package of mini cup cakes that were 50 calories each. So at the party I had one container of ice cream and 2 mini cup cakes. I spread them out on my plate and took time eating them slowly. They seemed very, very sweet. I was not hungry afterwards and was glad I had planned ahead, because there were 10 big containers of ice cream and at least 10 large cakes to choose from. Most people ended up with a plate piled high. I was able to stay within my calorie range for the day and still participate in the party.
I have found that removing added sugar has made the weight loss journey easier. And now I do not miss sugar. It did take a few weeks to get to that point. I am glad I am there.

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9/7/19 6:44 P

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I have a sweet tooth and rather than completely remove sweets from my diet, I try to eat higher protein sweets so that they are more filling and I am getting protein rather than sugar. I am also a fan of Kodiak Cakes cups because it is a set size and I'm done. No fear of portion size like with ice cream etc.

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9/7/19 2:18 A

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I was thinking of aiming to go cold turkey and not buy anything close to being a cookie, but that kind of feels like punishment.

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Punishment? Why not look at it as loving and respecting your body instead?
If a smoker looked at denying himself a cigarette as "punishment", he would have a much harder time giving up the very thing that was harmful. Sugar is an addictive drug, much like nicotine.

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9/6/19 10:39 A

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Like you, I have been a binge eater. My sense is that the first few bites are delicious and the rest of the 3,000 calories are addictive eating, not in the least bit satisfying. The antidote to addictive behavior is mindfulness. We don't eat addictively and think about it as we're doing it. If you think about this more mindfully, you may realize that you don't actually WANT those cookies, you're drawn to them as a moth is to a flame--and you may end up just like that moth. I agree with all of the previous comments, and especially with the idea of eating better quality foods (they can be sweet, just not junk--a single bakery treat, something you make yourself, etc.) and doing it more mindfully. Especially, as you embark on this process, TRACK everything. Just the process of slowing down enough to enter it can be enough to change behavior slowly. I used to eat store-bought cookies just the way you described, but as my standards changed I now don't crave them at all. Way too salty, too junky. For me, it's homemade, and only one or two, or nothing. Good luck!

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9/6/19 5:55 A

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You have gotten some great ideas. I am going to come from another angle. How is your eating going? Are you tracking your nutrition? If so, are you eating enough? Are you meeting your macronutrient (fat, carbs, protein) needs? Are you saving some for a treat like a cookie at some point during the day? Are you eating enough fruits, which can help tame an sweet tooth?

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9/5/19 7:24 P

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OK, the easiest is to not buy the cookies.......easier said than done. What I do is stop at a bakery and buy ONE cookie. that helps. And make it a good one!

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9/5/19 8:14 A

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I absolutely love cookies! I don’t eat them all the time though. I make my own and try to keep them as healthy as possible. I will use minimal sugar or better yet dates or bananas to sweeten them. Substitute some of the regular flour for almond flour. Add some nuts or unsweetened coconut and don’t forget the dark chocolate chips, which are my favourite.

Having a teenage boy around helps me not to eat them all. emoticon

Another thing that helps is to make the cookie balls and then freeze most of them baking just a few at a time.

You might want to consider not buying store made cookies anymore. Clearly having them in the house is causing you to binge on them. Having to make them from scratch (even if you end up eating a lot), might help limit the number of times you binge.


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9/4/19 9:35 P

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Not having 3000 calories of cookies a day is a punishment? Really? Yes, the idea isn't to deprive yourself, but you're actually so far on the other end of the spectrum that you're worrying about a problem that you are nowhere near close to. You do have to remember that your next trip to the grocery store will not be the trip that defines every other grocery store trip that you make. You're not etching the list in a stone tablet. It can change each time if you need it to. The way I see it you have two options.

The first is to cut out cookies long enough that you can break the habit of having them. Lent is a really great example of cutting something out for a set time that's long enough to really break the habit and build new habits once you reintroduce. You may find other things that you like as much that are better for you or you may gain some perspective during your cookie free time. There are people who can just decide one day to never have something again and never look back, but those people aren't usually in the same headspace that you seem to be with cookies. They are fed up with what the thing is doing to them and no longer see the value in having it around. You seem to think cookies are tasty and awesome, which is kind of the opposite headspace and tends to be a recipe for failure for most people. If me telling you that you can't fuels you to prove me wrong, by all means use it, but most people plain fail at cutting out things that they like and value in their lives.

The second is to wean yourself off. I am not sure how frequently you shop, but pick a number, say 5, and skip buying cookies one time and then buy them the next five trips. Then skip another trip and buy on the next five trips. Get used to this pattern and add another skip. So you'd skip two trips and then buy them the next four trips. Get used to that pattern and skip three trips and then buy the next three trips. Get used to that and skip four and buy two. Get used to that and then you skip five and buy one. Weaning yourself off is a slow process. I did it when I cut back added sugar in my tea. I used to have 2 Tablespoons per mug of tea and I would have multiple mugs of tea per day. One summer I decided that I was going to cut back and started by taking out a teaspoon or a half teaspoon per mug. Then I cut back a little more until I adjusted. It took me a year to adjust to drinking my tea black. But it wasn't painful in the least and I have not looked back. I sometimes choose to have sugar in my tea, but I no longer have to have it, which is incredibly liberating. I also feel that I should note that I did this around 2006, it stuck, and it wasn't painful to do. If cold turkey does not work for you, and it doesn't for many people, wean yourself off of it.

Some other ideas are to be more choosy in what you purchase. I can eat a pound of Skittles in an afternoon, but I also like Lemonheads and can make a movie theater box last a week. Don't buy the flavor that you inhale, buy the flavor that you like but can more easily moderate. You could also buy the high end pricey stuff, which usually limits how much most people can get. Making your own, no bulk or batch cooking allowed, is another great way to pace yourself. You burn more calories baking a batch of cookies on Sunday than you do tossing a package into your cart and most people find the increased time needs to be a beneficial limit. Speaking of making your own, what substitutes could you be using instead? What about a mug carrot cake for one? What about baking an apple and covering it with brown sugar, oatmeal and nuts? Some people like maple coated squash. What about Kodiak cakes with maple syrup? What about a fruit and oat muffin? What about trying your hand at chocolate souffles? Tofu can be whizzed up with chocolate or key lime juice to make a kind of mousse that you can have in a graham cracker crust. What about dipping strawberries in chocolate? What other sweet treat could you have instead, ideally something that has a bit of nutritional value?

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9/4/19 8:51 P

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I really do crave cookies, and even though I always bring a list with me when I go food shopping, I almost always come home with something that is too high-calorie and too irresistible for me to eat in a controlled portion, so I wind up blowing my calorie budget for at least the next two days. Any suggestions before I go food shopping again? I was thinking of aiming to go cold turkey and not buy anything close to being a cookie, but that kind of feels like punishment.

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