I have no trouble avoiding desserts, cookies, and so on, but my downfall is sweetened drinks — iced mochas, sweet iced tea, a couple of spoonfuls of sugar in my hot tea or coffee. I now limit myself to a few sweetened drinks per week, and they’re extra delicious because I have more time to plan for and anticipate them, instead of the sweet beverages being just another part of my daily life. I’ve learned to love unsweetened iced tea and coffee, and add lime slices to my water.
Just for today: Craving a cookie? Have a few strawberries. Like your sugar with a little coffee? Try it without, and see if you can stand it. Then ask yourself at the end of the day: How did I feel today? Was my energy more even? Was I in a better mood than usual? Do I feel better about myself for doing something healthy for my mind and body?