As a nutrition and wellness consultant, everyone assumes that I always want to eat well and it comes easily to me. That is partially true; I love healthy foods and I can eat veggies and fruit until they come out of my ears. Every now and then I get cravings that are so overwhelming that I could eat an entire carrot cake if given the opportunity (and I have). Last night was one of those nights. I stopped by the grocery store to pick up a couple of items for dinner this week. I walked through the store with my list in my head. I strolled through the frozen food section to peruse the ice cream because I have been craving Haagen Dazs Peanut Butter Chocolate for months. As I looked through the frosted glass doors, there it was. A harmless little pint of ice cream….ok, not completely harmless. At 340 calories and 23 grams of fat per serving (1/2 cup), I could do some serious damage in a very short amount of time. Ultimately, it was the price that turned me off ($5.89). I could get two half-gallon cartons for that price! So I moved on down the aisle and scanned the less expensive options. Unfortunately, many of those brands contain a ton of chemicals that I cannot pronounce. So much for that idea!
I made my way to dairy section scurrying past the tasty cakes and doughnut display. I picked up my ricotta, which is why I had stopped to begin with and headed toward the front of the store. Trap #2 in the bakery reared its ugly head…one lonely slice of carrot cake. It was sitting there begging me to take it home. After all, I would split it with my husband and it is on sale! I weighed the options in my head; how long will I have to run to burn this off? Is it worth it? Do you need it? I put the carrot cake back. As I turned around, cream cheese brownies were staring me in the face. Mmmmmm….brownies….Just. Say. No.
As I walked out of the store with only the items I planned to purchase, I had a smile on my face. Victory!
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