Many wonder as they pass by the sweet treats and goodies at the office, or at the holiday parties surrounding the season: “Do I resist, or do I go ahead and nibble a few?” The answer is, “it depends.”
Being down and out honest with yourself will help you make a good decision. Ask yourself these questions:
Can I control my sweet urges? If I choose one, will I continue to gorge on more? (Maybe you won’t in front of everyone…but will it begin a binge that ends on the way home, and at home?) If you are able to monitor and use self-control, choose the one that looks super yummy to you, and savor it in small nibbles that last about 5-10 minutes.
Is this a good idea given my health status? (If blood sugar control is important, eating sugary sweets is not such a good idea.) If No, then again, take the advice above.
Did I get my exercise in today? Yes? Take the advice above. No? You may go ahead, but you pre-decide to choose one small piece, and leave it at that. Or, you may choose to have none.
In all cases, don’t guide your choice by this statement: “I am ON a diet, I can’t”. Eventually, you will go off the diet, and give yourself permission to eat whatever you want, whenever you want, and however much you want. When healthy eating and exercise is a lifestyle, it’s OK to choose small amounts of goodies occasionally and appropriately.