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How I Learned to Enjoy Sweets Better

I love sweet things. If I were not inhibited by my sense of health (and other things), I would eat icing right out of the can, and lots and lots of candy. Up until recently, I have eaten sweets in a ceremonious manner where I save the sweetest things for last, because they are, in my opinion, the best part. I've done this since I was a child. And recently I've realized that this method actually causes me to enjoy my junk food less than otherwise.

Here's the thing: Let's say I have several cookies in front of me. I separate out the sweetest and best one, and save it for last. Meanwhile, the whole time I'm eating the other cookies, a part of me is thinking about eating that last one, and by the time I get to it, I'm a little sad, because most of my cookies are gone by now. After I eat it, I still have a serious craving for more cookies, because sugar is addictive for me. This does sound a little childish to me, but there's a part of me that still thinks this way.

Eventually I realized that this method of saving the sweeter things for last was not the best way to enjoy something. I realized that if I eat the sweetest cookies first, or the icing on the cake, then I can live entirely in the moment while I'm eating them. Then as I'm eating the less sweet cookies, or the part of the cake that doesn't have icing, I can satisfy the sugar cravings that I got from eating all that sugar before, without intensifying them. This leaves me feeling more satisfied than my other method.

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