Despite all of the warning signs and media reports about teen and adult obesity, we generally continue to eat poorly. For example, as of June 30, 2008, McDonald’s earned $ 6 Billion. That’s a lot of Big Macs! And while many people can claim to have adopted a healthy eating policy at home, very few of us can honestly say that we never, or very rarely (once every 6 months) eat at the Golden Arches.
I believe I have a healthy diet. Still, I treat myself to one day per week to an indulgence. This not only keeps me sane, but it helps keep my diet on track too. During these indulgences, I kick my healthy eating policy and drag myself through the Golden Arches and order my favorite – a Big Mac Combo!
No doubt, one Big Mac once per month (or even once per week) won’t kill me, or anyone else. But what about those times when I lose my focus and find myself craving a mid-week treat? When this happens, I might fall of the healthy eating wagon and find myself walking through those doors and ordering a Big Mac several times per week. And this, unfortunately, sets in motion a terrible domino effect where I find myself indulging in the foods I really love – sugar-heavy, sweet-tasting foods like cookies, specialty chilled coffees, sodas After a few days, my energy level dwindles and I lack the motivation to work out. Within a few weeks, I gain 5 to 10 pounds.
And those extra pounds hurt because my hard work of the previous four to eight weeks would have been for nothing. I watch my body soften more and more just because I couldn’t maintain my discipline for healthy eating.
Luckily for me, I recognize that my true appetite hungers for sweet foods. Better yet, I have discovered an alternative to several weeks of binge bad-food eating. My new answer to these cravings is Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet.
A cookie diet? Yes, you read that correctly, a cookie diet. At least that is how they market the product, although I wouldn’t recommend that healthy eating individuals trade in their regimented meal calendar for a year’s worth of diet cookies. Rather, the cookie diet makes sense as a way to get through those rough patches. Instead of polishing off a bag of double-stuffed Oreos, I might pound back a couple of Dr. Siegal’s cookies. This literally satisfies my sweet tooth and I find it much easier to get back on track.
What I really like about his cookies is that they are in protein. Those Oreos have 1 gram of protein (and a lot more calories). Not only that, but Dr. Siegal’s cookies really hit the spot.
My recommendation would not be to order a three-month supply to replace your existing, healthy meals. But for those moments when you fall off that Healthy Eating wagon, Dr. Siegal’s treats are a great alternative to standing in line at the Arches and starting a self-perpetuating cycle of irresponsible eating and weight gain.
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