I’d be the first to raise my hand and admit to having somewhat of a sweet tooth. Okay, it’s more than somewhat of a sweet tooth. From the time I was a little girl I remember being the child in class who would volunteer to do anything for a piece of candy. “Sure Miss Evans, I’ll stand out in the heat and clap together erasers for a piece of candy.” That was me. When we got birthday treats at friend’s parties I always counted my candy to make sure I had the same amount as everyone else, and when I had extra money in high school, I’d head over to the convenience store to buy candy.
Sadly, my obsession with candy and sweets continued into college and adulthood. Even after I had my first daughter, I’d buy candy at the grocery store and slip it into my purse so I wouldn’t have to share it with anyone. When Easter, Christmas and birthday party candy was around the house I’d systematically work my way through the kid’s bags. The gooey chocolate candy like Snickers and Rolos went first, followed by the plain Hershey bars and finally I’d stoop low enough to eat the Tootsie Rolls and hard candy. The poor kids sometimes asked what happened to some of their candy, but I just shrugged my shoulders and chewed gum so they wouldn’t be able to tell I had just eaten chocolate.
I was ashamed of myself sometimes. But that didn’t stop me from eating sweet thing after sweet thing.
I worried about my sweet tooth when I finally began losing weight. I worried whether or not I’d be able to avoid eating candy and brownies long enough to actually lose some weight. The first couple of months I went cold turkey. I didn’t eat any chocolate and I said no to almost every dessert that came my way. I did eat a small piece of my own birthday cake, but let the other birthday’s slide by with no cake.
Eventually, I did have a piece of chocolate and even though I was hoping I wouldn’t like it anymore, I still did like it. So I had to reconcile my sweet tooth with my new healthier living lifestyle.
For the first year, here are some strategies I employed that helped me succeed:
Moratorium on chocolate for a while (fill in your weakness for chocolate)
Did not purchase chocolate secretly (if I bought it, I showed it to everyone and we shared it)
Decided ahead of time whether I was going to have dessert at social functions
Was not apologetic when people tried to make me feel guilty about not eating cake.
Planned for a sweet on occasion. Planned, prepared a small amount and ate what was appropriate.
Asked my husband not to bring chocolate home for me as a treat.
Gave myself some leeway because this was SUCH a new behavior
If you have a sweet tooth-how are you managing it? Diane