Healthy muffins: jazzijava / CC BY-NC-ND

If you truly want to be healthy, you have to get out of the “entitlement to dessert” mentality. Desserts contain too much sugar, fat and empty calories. Sugar calories can crowd out the more nutrient-dense calories contained in whole foods. Additionally, sugar is usually coupled with large amounts of fat in low fiber foods, contributing to the likelihood of overeating and obesity. It is also linked with diabetes, hypoglycemia, a weakened immune system and a host of other illnesses. Other sweeteners are very similar to sugar and artificial sweeteners have their own set of problems. Sweeteners are considered to be addictive, but the good news is that once you stop eating them for a few weeks, the desire for sweets can greatly diminish. Also make sure to cut out sweetened beverages.

Want to have your cake and eat it too? Try these ideas:

Maintain a very active lifestyle.

Limit sweet desserts to special treats, such as once a week.

Only eat a small amount (a bite-sized piece) and follow with some tea or veggies to clear your taste buds from the desire for more.

Don’t have any temptations within easy reach, or have a friend or family member guard your sweets.

Make your own healthy treats. Use quality whole ingredients, a small amount of healthy fats, and sweeten with fresh fruit, dried fruit, dates, stevia, or a very small amount of sweetener.

More information:

Why is White Sugar Bad For You?

From Sugar to Agave – How Sweet It Is?

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