I don't know what's worse, living with the irreversible disease of 'Sweet Tooth' or literally living with someone who NEVER craves sweets.
*Now that I think about it, it might actually be worse if we were to both have 'Sweet Tooth'.. guess we'll never know!
Since my significant other never craves sweets, it's almost like there's a part of me he will never understand. He's dating a girl that use to eat a whole pint of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream for dinner and who thought it was worth it to have ice cream and suffer (when I found out I was lactose intolerant), than not to have ice cream at all..
For some people the hardest part of living a healthy and active life is the active part; workouts are perceived as grueling. For others it's eating healthy; broccoli and spinach make them gag. But for me, the hardest part is not opening the freezer when I walk down the desserts isle at the grocery store. Ask Tanner, I walk down that isle EVERY time we're at HEB... just to look.
But what's life without your favorite tasty treats?! Maybe you LOVE pizza, fries and burgers. Ice cream, donuts, brownies and pies. There is NO REASON to give all of that up. We need to treat ourselves, we need to live life. So today I'm going to share with you how I weaned myself off of my daily ice cream meal, how often I reward myself and what I do for alternatives.
When the day came that I got incredibly frustrated with my lack of progress I made the decision that I need to be 100% in this, because it was worth it to me. I needed to cut out the daily desserts because it was keeping me from accomplishing my goals.
So I decided to cut out sweets until Saturday's. Boy did I look forward to Saturday's. For the first month it actually worked. Having a designated day for my treat actually felt like I was earning it. It felt like a reward. It tasted like a prize.
After a month of Saturday *indulgement* (yes, I made that word up), I picked two dates on the months calendar. I can't remember exactly which month this was, but if a birthday, holiday, wedding or some celebratory event was going on, that was a designated date for a treat. So for two months about every 2 weeks I got to reward myself with a tasty treat.
After one month of eating treats each Saturday, two months of eating treats every 2 weeks, I was now going on month 4 and knocked it down to 1 day. 1 day of 30 days in a month I got to look forward to a tasty treat. You may be thinking, that's CRAZY. For a girl that ate ice cream every single night to now restrict herself to 1 day every 30, that had to be hard! But believe it or not, it actually wasn't hard once month 4 rolled around. I weaned myself off of it by slowly cutting down the number of times I allowed myself treats. I didn't just go cold turkey because it wouldn't change the cravings or desire. But since I went month by month and weaned myself off, by month 4 I hardly craved sweets anymore!
Now, I couldn't have done it without my alternatives. These are what I find as permanent replacements now.
1) Halo Top Ice Cream: 5 grams of sugar per 1/4 container (FYI I don't eat the whole container). This is SO MUCH BETTER compared to Ben and Jerry's which is around 25 g of sugar per 1/4. Halo Top also has 5 g of protein per 1/4 container which is not comparable to any other ice cream out there.
The other night Tanner tried Arctic Zero which is probably healthier than Halo Top in terms of the amount of calories, (it has equal amount of sugar but less protein). However, it tasted like shit *lets be honest. I have tried all the soy's, coconut, yogurt, ice cream alternatives out there as I was exploring the alternatives to satisfy my sweet tooth while trying not to upset my stomach. Nothing has matched the creamy texture of ice cream *& I do mean, chocolaty, milky, cream and sugar ice cream. Everything else tastes like ICE and disregards the cream.
That is until I found Halo Top. Creamy and delicious + a much healthier option.
P.s We took this picture before we even tried each other's ice cream. *before we knew Arctic Zero tastes like shit.
Chocolate or Caramel Rice Cakes: Commonly known as styrofoam cakes. But have you ever tried the chocolate? Low sugar, moderate carbs, low calories!
Dark Chocolate Squares: The health benefits of dark chocolate are scientifically proven and the satisfying of cravings of many people impacted by 'Sweet Tooth' disease is taste bud approved.
Chocolate Shakeology desserts: Chocolate Shakeology with a banana blended in a smoothie is my late night treat, that I DO NOT feel guilty about. Healthy, nutritious and delicious! The most incredible thing about it? You're not limited to smoothies! You can make frozen peanut butter treats like my friend Jade does, or you can bake a cake and brownies!