I have always had a sweet tooth and the list of cupcakes, cookies, and cheesecake that I would love to eat could go on forever! Thankfully, my change of lifestyle over the past two years of eating healthier has helped me limit myself to sweet treats only every so often. I recently read an article about the consumption of junk food in America that caught my attention. The study appeared in this month’s American Marketing Association’s Journal of Marketing to examine how Americans are hooked on processed food containing salt, sugar, and fat. Leader of the study, Kusum Ailawadi, and her colleagues were on a mission to determine how household income and education affect nutrition and food purchasing.
In particular, I can relate to this point: “the examination of people with “high self-control,” as defined by healthy practices, such as regular exercise and infrequent consumption of fast food or late night snacks. As expected, the self-controllers bought less junk food like sugary cola and potato chips. Yet they offset this benefit by consuming too much of “healthy foods” like yogurt and cereal, leading to a greater overall consumption of calories and sugar.” You can read the entire article here.
I don’t consume fast food, like NEVER, and rarely buy junk food, unless it’s something small I have been wanting on a day I allow myself a “cheat meal.” I also don’t buy yogurt or cereal, because many brands may contain added sugar that I keep out of my diet. The problem with sugar is it gets stored away as fat in your body, and the energy it may give you also gives you a major crash afterward (just ask a toddler after a birthday party with plenty of cake and ice cream!). Even butter has sugar in it. But you know what doesn’t – coconut oil!
My trainer has me incorporating healthy fats, such as coconut oil, into my diet 3 times a week to help with sugar cravings. One of my favorite ways to satisfy my sweet tooth is to make oatmeal, add in a tablespoon of coconut oil, and steamed apples with cinnamon. Having a protein shake with this meal in the morning also keeps me feeling full until lunch!