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Always Eat Dessert

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I am incapable of not eating dessert. I’m not saying I have a cupcake every time, but in my head a meal is not a meal until it ends with something sweet. Ok, maybe not breakfast, but Oprah thinks it should.

In trying to find scholarly work that supports my theory that you can eat dessert and not gain weight, I came across the study in that Oprah piece and could go no further because it made me so mad. In the study, one group eats a “modest” breakfast while another goes “all out with a high-calorie (600) meal” that included a fudge brownie. Lo and behold, the dessert-at-breakfast crew lost more weight and maintained the loss longer than the brownie-less group. But here’s the thing: How is a 600-calorie breakfast considered a massive binge? If you ate three 600-calorie meals in a day you’d come in at 1800 calories, which for an active adult is really no issue at all.

My totally unofficial semi-professional opinion is that this is yet another misinterpretation of nutrition research and the “binge” group really kept the weight off because they were eating a substantial breakfast, not necessarily because they ate the brownie. (Although I do support brownie consumption.) I don’t know who decided that we should be eating 100-calorie bars and 60-calorie yogurts and shit for breakfast followed by 100-calorie cans of soup for lunch, but they are out of their minds. It just doesn’t work like that, and this study, I would argue, is proof of that… not so much that you should eat brownies for breakfast.

ANYWAY…

Growing up my mom always had some kind of cookies or brownies or fudgesicles or pudding or something laying around and it was common practice to wrap up dinner that way. So I still do it today.

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Chocolate in any form is my drug of choice, but last night I had vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries. Usually there are some spoonfuls of peanut butter with chocolate chips going on. I’m not too picky.

I guess I find that a little something sweet signals to me that the meal is over. I guess I also feel like life is just too short. Anybody else pro dessert?

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PS – These vegan chocolate cupcakes are from the Oh She Glows Cookbook. BUY IT.

11 Comments

  1. Preach! This post reminded me of The Calorie Myth. Only $2.99 on Amazon for Kindle!

  2. 1. I’ve always wondered what was so magical about 100 calories.

    2. I eat dessert after every meal, including breakfast. I am not consciously monitoring how it affects my weight, but it positively affects my mood.

  3. Janice Janice

    I am that person in my office who is constantly eating. I mean constant. Every time someone walks into my office I’m finishing off a bite of food. And yet I have been able to maintain my weight now better than I could at any other point in my life (I used to have a lot of issues with food, causing me large fluctuations in weight). The “secret”? Eating real food 90% of the time, and allowing myself that piece of chocolate when I know I really want it. Because I know for a fact that if I tell myself “no sweets!” I will be the one binge eating an ice cream cake at a birthday party, and reasoning that I’ll try harder tomorrow. By allowing myself treats I don’t have to be ashamed of when I do eat something I want. Does that make sense? I hope it does. But I am so glad you were able to proclaim your outrage of a measly 600 calorie meal considered as a binge. I am proud to say I no longer calorie count but listen to when my body is hungry and when it’s not, and stick to unprocessed food. It’s that simple, if you think about it.

  4. TaMo TaMo

    Eating a sweet after a meal is akin to having a smoke after a meal. It satisfies! (I don’t smoke, but there was a time. So, I speak from experience).

  5. Meg Meg

    Very pro dessert over here. Every time I try to tell myself that I need to stop with the daily dessert thing it lasts about a week and ends with me eating an entire tub of ice cream in one sitting. It’s much more sensible to enjoy it daily in moderation.

  6. Samantha Samantha

    Big bake here, dessert is a lovely treat!

    Which recipe is this? I have the cookbook but see two chocolate cake recipes. Thx!

    • pg 249 Double Layer Chocolate Fudge Cake prepared as cupcakes! (so good)

      • Samantha Samantha

        Excellent, thanks!

  7. “I don’t know who decided that we should be eating 100-calorie bars and 60-calorie yogurts and shit for breakfast followed by 100-calorie cans of soup for lunch, but they are out of their minds.”

    PREACH.

    Also, pro dessert doesn’t even begin to cover it. Give me chocolate, please.

  8. houdekj houdekj

    Boo to eating fluffed up chemicals! Preach it girlfriend! And yes, chocolate or some goodie daily is medicine for the soul. With all the recipes out there these days they can be decadent and non-diabetic-coma inducing!

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