WIAW 58: Calm Down, Sweet Tooth!


I had a big “ah-ha” moment last week: I’ve got a major sweet tooth. This isn’t exactly new news because I’ve been a fan of ice cream, cookies and desserts in general since I was a little kid. I certainly indulge in sugary treats from time to time – just not every day. To me, a life without sugar would just be sad. I think I do a pretty good job of balancing out high calorie treats with healthy food (and only eating “real” dessert 1-2 times a week) but I got to thinking a little more about my sweet tooth recently. What I concluded is that “sweet” foods are a trigger for me. When I eat something sweet (whether it’s sweetened by sugar, agave, stevia or anything else), I have a hard time getting the signal to my brain that I’m full.

I started thinking about how the foods I generally eat on any given day balance out between sweet and savory. Up until recently 99% of my breakfasts were sweet. Lunch and dinner are savory, but pretty much every snack I eat is on the sweet side too. Something I noticed: the majority of “healthy (convenient) snacks” on the market are on the sweet side (bars, yogurt, etc.). When I want to eat something quick for a snack, I generally whip up a protein muffin, eat some yogurt (with stevia) and granola or grab a protein bar. My snacks end up being larger than I really want because they seem to just make me want to eat more. And I have to consciously tell myself to stop and wait for my stomach and brain to connect with each other to say “okay… you’re done!”

I was talking to Paige about some savory snack ideas last week and she told me that sometimes she’ll eat something that would normally be considered as the protein in “a meal” for a snack. Even though it’s probably the same amount of calories as a typical snack, I never really think of eating a piece of chicken or other meat as a snack- but it definitely could be!

I made a list of different savory snacks ideas while I was on the plane on Sunday, which included: eggs + avocado, celery w + peanut butter, turkey rolled up with Romaine lettuce, a handful of Rotisserie chicken, hummus + veggies, tuna + Greek yogurt and spinach pancakes. I’ll be slowly making my way through these snacks over the next two weeks!

I decided to do a little experiment with what I’m eating (and cutting down on the amount of “sweet” that I eat) to see if anything changes. I was able to give up my gum chewing addiction (almost 7 months and going strong, baby!) and recently became a savory breakfast convert, so I think anything is possible. :)

Here’s my eats from Monday:

I started out the morning by having a little bite of banana w/peanut butter and then did something that I never do anymore: I went for a run. It was just under 20 minutes, but I still ran the whole time without feeling like I was going to die (running at high altitude ain’t easy!). After my short run, I did an hour of Bodypump (in my basement- practicing for the release of 87!). After that, I made my absolute favorite breakfast in the world (that I could easily eat for all three meals):

savory breakfast

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