Confessions of a Cookie Monster

"If I Eat Just One, It's All Over"

"The best chocolate chip cookies in the world are at my mother's assisted living home," says Mary Jo D, 63, a retired pharmacist from Hartford, Connecticut. "I'm trying to eat healthy, but every day when I visit my mother, a big platter of those damn cookies is sitting right in the entryway! They're fresh out of the oven... their aroma is divine, If I eat one, it's all over. I've gotta eat another, and another."

Are You A Cookie Monster?

Does one small indulgence turn into a unstoppable binge that doesn't end until the box is empty? If so, you may be a Cookie Monster. Here are 5 tips for dusting off the crumbs and getting back on track.

“I’m a cookie monster”

First off, keep in mind that slips, “those times when you just break free of healthy eating, are a normal part of lifestyle change,” counsels Dr. Coral Arvon in her emotional eating workshops at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami. “More than 99% of people who are shedding pounds and becoming more physically active have slips.”

“When we start anything new, from learning to ski to ordering healthfully in restaurants, we’re going to stumble,” says Dr. Arvon.

“But keep in mind that slips don’t necessarily hurt your progress. Even the biggest cookie binge is not the end of the world. What really hurts your progress is how you react to slips. Are you wallowing in chocolate cookies day after day? Or are you back on your feet again, dusting off the cookie crumbs, and heading in a healthy direction?”

5 tips for going from “I’m a cookie monster” to “I’m in control”

Indulge Your Cookie Craving

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“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fall.”Ralph Waldo Emerson

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