Today was my first day properly back at work since giving birth. The Husband and I decided a while back that weâ€™d both drop to 75% employment (or, err, try to squeeze in 100% of work in 25% less timeâ€¦) and function as stay-at-home mommy or daddy on alternating days. I work from home on Mondays and Fridays, and the Husband goes to the clinic Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Our plan worked out pretty well, even considering all the Hungry Henry interruptions (which were actually quite nice). I got a ton of work done, caught up on two weeksâ€™ worth of emails, and wrapped up a few projects. Nowâ€¦ I just have to survive tomorrow when Kristien goes back to work. Iâ€™m pretty nervous about having Henry all to myself â€“ my first attempt without help from the Husband or family. Gulp.
Eats included a delicious lunch salad.
Greens, almonds, apples, cast iron tofu, beets, carrots, and balsamic dressing.
Snack was rice cakes and hummus.
And dinner was another baby meal. This one was brought over by my friend Jen. I hope I can convince her to post the recipe for these AMAZING stuffed sweet potatoes on Peanut Butter Runner. I know they are filled with black beans, veggies, and topped with cheese, but I couldnâ€™t place the spices. So good.
Handful (or five) of pistachios.
And this is when we get to my How to Tame a Sweet Tooth questionâ€¦
During the last three months or so of pregnancy, I developed a massive sweet tooth. Truthfully, it happened after I passed the gestational diabetes test â€˜with flying colorsâ€™ and decided that I didnâ€™t need to worry about my sugar intake anymore (not logical but whatever). I got into the habit of having dessert every single night â€“ sometimes multiple desserts. Chocolate, ice cream, popsicles â€“ none of it was safe!
The trouble is now Iâ€™m totally in the habit of sweets. Sweets, of course, arenâ€™t a bad thing in moderation, but Iâ€™m pretty sure my consumption doesnâ€™t count as â€˜moderation.â€™ Iâ€™d really like to reign it in to an appropriate and healthy level before I try to start exercising again (One thing at a time, right? No need to completely shock my system). However, I feel like I bought a one-way ticket to Sugar Town and donâ€™t have enough money to get back home.
Case in point: Today I (mindlessly) had three toffees and four peanut butter cookies (also from Jen â€“ hereâ€™s the recipe). Itâ€™s taking some crazy willpower not to crush the rest of the box of cookies.
I guess I know how to tame my sweet tooth (stop keeping sweets in the house, portion control, blah blah blah), but knowing how to do it and actually doing it are totally different things.
So â€“ any advice for taming a sweet tooth without going cold turkey? Because â€“ letâ€™s be real â€“ a life without dessert just isnâ€™t the same. But I would like to stop slipping into a sugar coma every night at 9 PM.