I challenged myself to 2 weeks with no desserts or baked goods. It was easier than I thought, but less effective, in the sense that I didn’t actually eat any healthier. I think I ate worse. Because salty snacks like Terra Root Chips and Nut Thins were allowed, I gorged myself on those. Are they healthier than a red velvet muffin? Probably. In the quantities I ate? I’d bet the muffin wins.
I found a lot of “healthy” sweet food that I used as substitutes, which also made it easy. Some of my favorites:
- Skinny Girl Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate bars
- Luna bars – Chocolate Coconut and Honey Peanut Pretzel
- Peanut Butter – Skippy Reduced Fat creamy is my favorite
- Flavor shots in my coffee (I only did this once!)
- Chocolate and caramel rice cakes
- Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal – Apple Walnut and Maple Pecan –These are delicious!
- Quaker Weight Control Oatmeal (because the Real Medleys have a lot of calories) – Banana Bread, Maple Brown Sugar, Cinnamon
I also cheated once or twice. I avoided sweets for breakfast for almost the whole two weeks. Then, last Friday, my coworker brought in donuts. Fucking donuts. They really are my vice. After a week of feeling crappy about my ankle and getting my period, I caved for half a glazed donut and half a chocolate covered one with sprinkles. It was so worth it. The 2nd donut I ate (in the form of cutting off little bites ever time I passed it) was not worth it.
I also had cream puffs at the 60th birthday party. What? It would have been rude not to!
Then I had Banana Croissant French Toast at breakfast on Sunday (which was technically the end of my challenge). Then I had a pistachio muffin this morning (they only have them in March! because they’re green…for St. Patrick’s Day…get it? so I have to have them).
All in all, this just taught me I need to focus on eating healthy things, as opposed to focus on not eating unhealthy things…if that makes sense? I need to shift my view, because no matter what I cut out of my diet, I’m going to find something terrible (and delicious) to replace it. I need to focus on finding awesome, good for me, delicious things to eat.
That seems obvious and I should have done that in the first place, but it is much easier to focus on one thing at a time. I find it much more difficult to just ‘eat healthy’ all the goddamn time.
Now I want more donuts!