Last week, a guest poster over at MizFit’s had an interesting diet tip. As I consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur of weird diet tips, this one fascinated me simply for it’s sheer incongruity. Sue, a bodybuilder who promotes clean eating, suggested:
15 minutes before lunch and dinner suck on a sucking sweet (not a lollipop) with sugar.The small amount of sugar in a sucking sweet will contribute to your sense of fullness – allowing you to eat moderately and still feel satisfied.
This little trick also helps not to eat while preparing the meal. I have two small children and if I am not eating with them I usually have a sweet in my mouth while I am feeding them to help me keep from tasting their food.
I’m not sure what Sue has against lollipops nor am I sure that eating sugar will “contribute to my sense of fullness” – most studies suggest the exact opposite – but for you, dear readers, I was willing to take the risk. And hey, any excuse to eat cherry Jolly Ranchers. I live a tough life, I tell you.
The Lesser of Two Evils?
My second son decided he wanted to make a special treat for our Monday night ritual of family home evening: double chocolate chip cookies. For those of you that don’t dare click through that link before lunch, these are rich chocolate cookies studded with semi-sweet chips. They are also loaded with the usual evil trifecta of butter, white flour and sugar. One “serving” (about 5 cookies) has 467 calories and 26 grams of fat. Mrs. Fields wishes she could do that kind of diabetic damage!
So, raise your hand if you can make cookies without eating an unholy amount of dough. Not me, that’s for sure. A licked beater here, a chocolate covered spoon there and before I know it, I’ve eaten Julia Childs. It wasn’t exactly as Sue had suggested but I figured the caloric damage from a Jolly Rancher had to be less than a gut-bomb of double chocolate cookie dough. It took me sucking two ‘Ranchers (50 sugared-up calories) to get the whole batch made and in the oven during which time I learned two important lessons:
1. I only like cherry and blue raspberry (abomination of nature that it is) Jolly Ranchers. Green apple makes me cough – seriously! – and grape tastes like cough syrup.
2. When a four-year old says he wants to “help” make cookies, he means eat chocolate chips out of the bag until the dough is ready and then make “snakes” that actually look a lot like turds – apparently a cookie making theme at our house.
I ate no cookie dough. Not a bite. And? I didn’t feel deprived. It was weird, I tell you! The cherry/blue raspberry sweetness was so overpowering (thank you HFCS!!) that I wasn’t even tempted to lick my fingers.
Although I must say the effect wore off quickly and after dinner I had 3 cookies. Probably should have stuck with the J. Ranch.
Anyone else have a weird diet tip that really works? Do you eat blindfolded? Or only on blue plates? Or use doll dishes? Or, as one of you readers quipped to me via e-mail “I eat whatever I want. I just do it naked. In front of the mirror.” (You know who you are!!) Hit me up in the comments. The person with the best tip wins a limited edition grape-and-apple-only bag of Jolly Ranchers.