I love desserts, but I don’t buy them. No cakes, cookies, brownies even. No pies. No pastries. The reason for this is that if I bought them, I would eat them. Non-stop.
Now that I’m almost 40, eating desserts non-stop has a direct and immediate effect on the amount of pudge located around my midsection. It is such a sad situation.
So I made a rule. That sounded harsh, so I called it a guideline. I made a guideline that said, I Shall Not Eat Desserts.
But then that was just way too punitive. What about chocolate cake? Mint chocolate brownies? Chocolate peanut butter cookies? No way was a guideline like that going to stick. So I added an exception: I Shall Not Eat Desserts—Except When I Make Them Myself.
And this, you see, is genius. It is genius for three reasons:
- It saves money, because desserts you make are much cheaper than those you buy.
- It is healthier, because desserts you make are made with healthier ingredients (relatively healthier, OK?) than those you buy. AND
- It reduces the pudge factor, because it is much more work to make a dessert than it is to buy one (so therefore it will occur much less often).
I have a few other exceptions, too, like if I’m at a birthday party, or someone else’s home, or anywhere near an Amy’s Ice Cream shop. I’ve never really been one for will power. But exceptions are what make a guideline doable, right?
Each month for the next who knows how many (I don’t want to make too many guidelines, now), I’ll share one of my favorite exceptions. (First up: just in time for the Fourth of July, blueberry pie!) I hope you enjoy them—you know I will!
© Amy Daniewicz