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Why to Keep Sweets in the House

 
Do you struggle with your relationship with food? The reason might be that you pass judgment on what you eat. This can show up as labeling food as “good” or “bad”. 
 
The problem with this is the more that we restrict or label a food as bad, the more we want it. One of the most vilified foods are sweets. Here are three reasons why restricting sweets will not improve health in the long run. 
 
 
1. The more you restrict, the more you want it.
We think that if we have our favorite sweet in the house, we will have no self-control. But by having the sweets you love in the house, you become used to them. This is called habituation. If you know that you can always have something, you are less likely to obsess over it.

2. Sugar does not cause chronic disease. 
The media may blame sugar and carbohydrates for all chronic disease, but that does not paint the whole picture. Yo-yo dieting and restrictive eating is more likely associated with poor health. It increases the risk for osteoporosis, diabetes and heart disease. Restrictive diets also increase stress levels, which worsen overall health.
 
3. Sweets don’t need to be on a pedestal. 
This usually starts as kids. We are taught sweets are “special” or must be “earned”. They are also used as rewards or incentives. We learn that sweets are something to be strongly desired, yet we only get them sparingly. Food scarcity, real or perceived, changes eating habits. 
  

Give yourself permission to eat without passing judgment. You will be able to build trust with your body and obsess less about sweets. If you are struggling with obsessing about food, talk with one of our dietitians.
 
 
Elote (Mexican Corn on the Cob)
Servings: 8
 
Ingredients
 
4 ears sweet corn, peeled and silk removed 
1/4 cup olive oil mayonnaise 
2 limes, cut in half
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped 
1/3 cup queso fresco, or Parmesan cheese  
Preparation
  
1Grill corn over medium heat for 15 minutes, turning frequently. Corn should be slightly charred.
2. Spread 1 Tablespoon of mayonnaise on each ear using a spatula or brush.
3. Squeeze juice of 1/2 lime on to each ear.
4. Sprinkle each ear with chili powder and cilantro.
5. Top with cheese. Enjoy!
 
Serving Size: 1/2 ear of corn

Nutrition Information per Serving: 111 calories, 5 grams total fat, 1.4 grams of saturated fat, 15 grams carbohydrate, 2.3 grams fiber, 3.5 grams protein, 167 milligrams sodium, 236 milligrams potassium, 2.6 grams sugar
 
 
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