So my method is to go ahead and have lots of treats around just be sure they follow my Ingredients List! READ LABELS and better yet make your own with good ingredients. I found that if you feel deprived that you will rebel and just go for the junk. And then you feel guilty afterwards. It's not about depriving yourself or feeling guilty we always give up when we feel that way. I know I tried pretty much every diet until I figured this out! Diets only make you fatter and much more unhealthy in the long run! Get this now they DO NOT work!!!!!
Now I have found I'm even a step further on that freedom road. I feel more in control I can choose more rationally. I don't down a batch (yes you read that right I'm talking by the dozens I'm sure those of you who have had or do have a sugar addiction will understand, they would "call" me until they were gone) of cookies anymore healthified or otherwise. I still enjoy a good cookie but I'm easily satisfied. It's another level of freedom I didn't think I would have. It's like for a long time I lived to eat. Now in these past few years I feel I truly eat to live. I'm am free-er then I ever thought possible. No longer controlled by a sugar addiction! I love it!!!!!
Chewy Nutty Candy
1 cup natural peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup nuts, chopped (we like almonds)
1/4 cup raisins (optional)
2 cups oatmeal
Chopped walnuts and/or coconut (to roll candies in)
Cook honey over medium heat until it reaches the soft ball stage using a candy thermometer. VERY IMPORTANT BE SURE NOT TO OVERCOOK OR THE CANDY WILL NOT BE CHEWY IT WILL BE HARD TACK;) Take off heat and add vanilla. Let cool some then add peanut butter, almonds, coconut and oatmeal. Using a spoon or small cookie scoop. Scoop up a ball of the candy and roll it in the chopped nuts or coconut. Place in fridge to cool. ENJOY!
Recipe Inspired by Hopkins' Healthy Home Cooking