Some people have a sweet tooth; I have sweet teeth. Since I was very young, chocolate has been a close companion–comforting, encouraging, and intoxicating me. I’m sure there are some other sweets-lovers reading this, too! But, I also like my skinny jeans and my mini dresses. Here’s where the problem lies. You see, chocolate likes me–particularly my stomach and thighs; and, I like chocolate–particularly dark chocolate with caramel. So, what do I do? Can I have my cake and eat it too? YES! And I’m going to give you a go-to guide so you can enjoy both worlds as well!
1. A little of a lot is better than a lot of a lot. Need me to clarify? OK–say you like gourmet dark chocolate and cookie dough (rich like grandma used to make it). Have a little bit of both–not a lot of both or a lot of one. Variety is more satisfying and tricks your mind into thinking you’re really splurging! So, have a golf ball-size chunk of dark chocolate and a rounded teaspoon of cookie dough and don’t sweat it!
2. Having less of something makes it taste better. No really, I’m serious! Try eating three ice cream sundaes in a row (Pepto Bismol, please!!!). I’m sure you’ve heard it before: Too much of a good thing is a bad thing. So, if you know what sweets you like (I like Tiramisu, for instance), eat just enough to illuminate your palette, but not so much that you need your stomach pumped. At first, your mind might tell you, “Have another piece! You’re killing me!”; but, you can overcome such temptation–trust me! And, you’ll feel better and look better because of it.
3. 100-calorie packs should accompany you wherever you go. Not only will these low-cal treats help you keep the buttons intact on your super cute jeans, they’re also delicious! I’ve got stacks of these gems in my pantry, and they keep me sane and give me the afternoon kick in the pants that I need. Instead of sticking my hand in a box of cinnamon sugar cereal, I grab a 100-calorie pack and wash my worries away. Not convinced? Go buy a box of whichever kind you think sounds good and get back to me.
I hope my little guide has encouraged you that you can have dessert and your pencil skirt. Just a few adjustments here and there, and you’ll be workin’ a party dress in no time. Peace and whipped cream!