These are the weekend treats that show up in the office kitchen on Monday mornings. Leftover birthday cake or weekend baking experiment or “sharing the calories”, as I like to call it. When I see all that decadent chocolate, my stomach starts calling out to me Smegal-style. I wants it. I needs it. My precious!
I’ve fallen for this trick many times over. I ask my cube mate to help me stay accountable. “Don’t let me eat another cookie,” I tell her. My sweet tooth is strong. But I’m trying to be stronger.
My latest technique to avoid the sweets is to give it a few hours. The email is sent, announcing that there’s something amazingly tasty in the kitchen. Usually, the young men in our office are racing toward the table. Their metabolism is much better than mine, and they probably work out each week WAY more than I do in a month. So I let them get their fill first. If I’m still craving the sweet, I might go peek my head over there to see if anything’s left. If I’m lucky, it will all be gone. Whew! Temptation has been extinguished. And if there’s any left over… well… I might cut a tiny slice.
There’s a yoga sutra (and I’m going off of some light research I’ve done – nothing serious or deep) that reads:
II.7 sukha anusayi ragah Pleasure leads to desire and emotional attachment.
I know that I have unnatural attachments to sweets and sugar and the lovely temporary feeling of euphoria when I’m nom-ing on a cookie with just the right texture. And it’s unhealthy. Not only is the treat itself unhealthy (man, why does butter and sugar taste so freakin’ good?) but my attachment to that pleasurable feeling. I really am trying to find ways to break this habit.
For you sweet tooths out there, how do you avoid temptation?