I love good food and eating is one of my favorite things to do. I also love going to the gym, lifting weights and trying my best to eat a balanced and overall healthy-ish diet. (I do get off track, especially around the holidays. It really is all about balance, though). I believe health, taking care of and respecting our bodies are essential to living our lives to their fullest potentials. Living a more balanced and wholesome life can extend our existence and prevent several lifestyle diseases like America’s number one killer, heart disease, type II diabetes and even cancer. If I can have any kind of control over getting sick with a lifestyle disease, then I will certainly do something to try and prevent them.
One my biggest challenges, though, is that I also have a major sweet tooth. At the end of lunch and dinner, my body craves something sweet. I would gladly eat several desserts a day, everyday, if I knew that my waistline and more importantly my health wouldn’t deteriorate at a more rapid rate.
Most sweets contain a lot of sugar. Sugar is a carb and carbs release serotonin to our brains along with endorphins that make us feel happy and calm. Plus, there’s the obvious that sweet treats taste delicious. Therefore we (or at least I) crave, crave, crave.
I try to limit myself to no more than one dessert a day at most (again, during the holidays, this rule flies out the window). On average, though, I try my hardest to only indulge two to three times a week. Often times when I am eating dessert, although I will be in pastry heaven and filled with baking bliss while eating it, I am also often plagued with guilt when I’m finished-guilt over eating something that isn’t very healthy. Upset with myself for eating the sugary goodness. Thinking I need to do more push-ups and jumping jacks to counter-act the extra calories I just consumed. This guilt doesn’t last for too long, however, and I’m able to move on with my life and eventually to the next dessert.
BUT, I would definitely prefer not to be riddled with this squalid guilt. As I’ve said, we have to treat ourselves and just remember to keep meals and nutrition balanced. There are even good times during the day to eat sugar, like right after a work out.
I want to be able to eat that treat after lunch and/or dinner most days of the week and feel ok and good about it. Therefore, I am going on this journey to acquire the knowledge and practice of healthier and alternative ingredient baking. This way I can bake my cake and eat it too.
I have been practicing my skills and knowledge with traditional baking and I am now ready to make the move to the healthier baking. I am a strong believer that you can still make an item taste delicious and delectable without containing a ton of sugar, refined sugar and fat.
I won’t stop making traditional baking items. There are some amazing recipes and goodies out there that we are all meant to indulge in!
For my own well-being and sweet cravings, though, I will be doing myself and hopefully others the service of enjoying baked creations that not only taste wonderful, but do the body good.