Have you tried listening to podcasts yet?
I was late in the game, but now I'm obsessed. Podcasts make me so happy. They fill many of the mundane moments, like washing the dishes or folding laundry, with inspiration, education and comic relief.
The first step is getting to know yourself and what works for you.
Some people do best at stopping a bad habit, or undertaking a good one, by diving in head first; it's all or nothing. Others have more success with a baby-steps; they need to tiptoe into change. No style is better or worse, but the key to succeeding at your goals is recognizing what works for your personality.
I got to thinking about this because desserts are a classic example in which some people do better by saying, "absolutely no way!" Others can enjoy a bite or two, then easily refrain. I've never been one of those people that can nonchalantly bite into a brownie or a scoop of ice cream and then walk away satisfied. Just one taste awakens a beast within me ready to devour a mountain of ice cream.
The thing is, I also don't believe in total abstinence and definitely not want to have to say 'no' to all desserts for the rest of my life! Gretchen Rubin is likely on to something that many people, including myself, are most likely to succeed by understanding their nature and upholding a strict 'no indulgence' rule.
But, is that really happiness?! Are you really happier missing out on all the sweet treats in life?
If that genuinely works for you, that's fantastic! But, that doesn't work for me. Maybe it's the FOMO - I hate to be left out of the tasty fun.
Health does not have to mean missing out on all the sugar, spice and everything nice.
Healthy desserts may sound like a an oxymoron, but it does not have to be. The Zest style of treat means the ingredients provide nourishment with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, there's less of the not-so-good stuff, and it is delicious enough to make you feel satisfied.
I don't want to miss out on all the fun, but I also want to do well by my body. I don't want the instant gratification of overly-sugary and fatty desserts, only to suffer an energy crash or an upset stomach later on. Even worse, I don't want shame over what I ate to occupy my headspace taking away precious time from more important things in life. I want to relish the flavor and then feel content for the rest of my day.
That's the happy-medium we strive to offer - desserts that satisfy without guilt. You can enjoy them with full awareness that they are a treat, but one chosen with intention and self-respect.
In short, yes, healthy desserts really can be healthy. They nourish more than your body by feeding your spirit, your social life and your inner cookie monster! Gobble gobble!
With Love & Zest!