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Should I not even buy the brownies?

Hi all!
I have a dilemma.
I've been trying to lose 15 pounds for quite some time, and my weight keeps yo-yoing so I never reach my goal, or at least I don't stay there very long.
I've lost 5 pounds, and have 15 to go, but I've actually just started to incorporate healthy habits into my lifestyle. I'm hoping that the changes and increasing exercise will take off the weight I have left to lose.
My one problem is my sweet tooth and the fact that I will eat a whole batch of brownies if they're in the house. I haven't gained enough self-control to resist yet, but I was wondering if this means that I just shouldn't have the borwnies in the house at all. I live with other people and they like sweets too and we've argued over having the cupboards free of processed cakes and sweets? Do I not buy the stuff or refuse to eat it? Or am I allowed to have some? I couldn't imagine a life without chocolate or sweets, so how do I deal??

Fri. Apr 3, 6:10pm

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Find alternatives. If you know you're going to eat a whole batch if they're there, don't put yourself in that situation. I find what helps my sweet tooth is the sugar-free Jell-O pudding packs. They're delicious and only 60 calories per cup. The milk chocolate bliss is my favorite.

Friday, April 03, 2009, 6:17 PM

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Agree! Find alternatives and keep your known problem food out of the house...don't allow it to be an option.

Friday, April 03, 2009, 6:18 PM

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Look into "No Pudge" brownies. They come in a pink box. They're made with nonfat yogurt, and they taste incredible! The best part- they have a 'single serving' recipe on the box that you can microwave 1 brownie with. :)

instant portion control!

Friday, April 03, 2009, 10:11 PM

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I'm the PP... that post sounded a bit spammy when I re-read it. I use them and love them. (I'm definitely not affiliated with the company!)... I've made them for company as well, and they couldn't tell a difference.

Friday, April 03, 2009, 10:13 PM

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Duh. Keep the brownies out of the house. You can bring them back after you reach your target weight and find that you can be satisfied with one. Or -- only order them when you are out. But again, only AFTER you have reached your target weight.

Friday, April 03, 2009, 10:30 PM

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Maybe set a date for the brownies, but only make half a batch and make sure you will be with others to share in the eating of them?

Saturday, April 04, 2009, 12:15 AM

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12:15 - That's a great compromise.

OP, I don't think the brownie/sweets issue has to be an all or nothing thing.

I think if you try 12:15's idea, you'll feel good and accomplished for at least 3 reasons:

1) You will enjoy the food you like.
2) You will have a sense of control over the food you eat.
3) Your health plan can involve others in a positive way.

Have a great healthy eating day and enjoy your brownie party!

As a side note..... It might also be a good idea to ask yourself and journal the reasons why you think you're holding on to those last 15 pounds.

Saturday, April 04, 2009, 6:30 AM

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One of my dessert solutions is BEST quality, out (as in restaurant), shared and special (as in planned event). I do this during periods when I have good control of my sweet tooth. I costs a whole lot more but it is a celebration.

Some other bean brownines. Get the best brownie mix (like ghiardelli) and take a regular size black beans (juice and all) and blend the daylights out of them. Add to brownie mix (don't follow instructions on box in other words) and bake. I bake them just a little longer than standard brownies. They are moist and delicious (sounds crazy but it is TRUE) AND they have just a little more health value. These brownies freeze really well too.

Bring home bakery brownies for your folks, enough for one serving each so there are no leftovers. Again, they cost more BUT the whole point of this is not eating the leftovers.

Figure out a way to make half a batch of conventional brownies and repackage the mix so you won't have tons of leftovers.

Make the brownies and give them to the neighbors after everyone has had one.

Saturday, April 04, 2009, 11:59 AM

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If the OP is anything like me I'd eat a 1/2 batch, a black bean batch, a No Pudge batch, etc. as quickly as I would my usual batch! For my problem foods, I HAVE to set up my environment for success and not have my most tempting foods in the house. Single serve brownies are everywhere! (Although, 'single serve' is more like - enough for 2-3 people, but it's still better than a whole batch.) There's no reason to make them at home or have more than one at home if they're your crazy can't control myself kind of food.

You know how you are around your 'problem' foods, OP. You know whether you can stick to reasonable portions when they're in the house. Of course, you're 'allowed' to have sweets in your life, but you know your ability to exercise portion control when they're around. Set yourself up for success.

Saturday, April 04, 2009, 2:00 PM

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words from a sugar junkie

there are many creative suggestions pick your poison...or also consider these:

Sugar is addictive. That is why there is sugar put into just about every food that doesn't even need sugar (like bread for instance). It makes the foods taste better, and the addictive aspect of sugar makes you crave that food.
It's one of the ways food manufacturers manipulate people.

I am a sugar junkie. It has been my experience that it takes about two weeks to get sugar out of your system so that you stop craving it. This means reading labels and buying foods that do not contain sugar. Often you need to buy these foods at health food stores.

I cut sugar completely out of my diet for a long time. I do eat small amounts of sugar in things now. But for my sweets I try alternatives when I am dieting: health food store fruit juice sweetened sweets, or dried fruit without added sugar. I try to limit the type of allowable sweets into my diet during dieting. I might eat sweetened yoghurt sometimes, or a 100 calorie bag of Kettle Korn or sugar free, or fat free hot chocolate. I have a limited menu of allowed sweets.

I find that the more I eat sweets the hungrier I am, and the more I crave sweets. If you have the strength to get sugar out of your diet for 2 weeks, you have a strong chance that you can stop craving sweets. If you use less sugar and a limited menu of less tempting substitutes, you will grow stronger in resisting and will not view you sugar favs the same...because they are not food that you eat. Does this have to be forever? No. But you might get stronger if you do this just for awhile and learn that you can resist.

Sunday, April 05, 2009, 2:30 AM

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