Bikini season is right around the corner (dun dun dunnn) and with spring break quickly approaching, many of us feel the unnecessary pressure to modify our eating habits – or even worse, cease eating at all.
We are all aware the serious consequences that come from neglecting a balanced diet – we’re not going to preach that to you. But what if we told you a balanced diet really does mean balanced; that there is room for sweets – in moderation.
In December 2013, Shape magazine reported that the all-or-nothing mentality when it comes to dieting is proven not to work. If we try to eliminate all sweets, we run the risk of over-indulging when we eventually give in.
Think outside the box to satisfy that sweet tooth. Craving a cookie? Avoid buying a box of Oreos. Instead, purchase a single cookie from a bakery like Panera or Irving’s. That way when it’s done, it’s done.
If you’re a chocoholic, buy yourself a bag of Hershey Kisses. These small, simple joys can fulfill crazy cravings. Keep the bag in an unusual spot to avoid binge eating – but know that they will always be there to satisfy.
If you crave something rich in carbs, like a warm brownie (yum), then alter the rest of your diet that day to compliment the carb intake. Stick to grilled chicken and veggies for dinner.
Bottom line: it’s OK to indulge. We’re young! This metabolism won’t be around forever. After all, what is life without a little dessert?
Photo by Amanda Hunt