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How to Eat Dessert As Part of a Healthy Lifestyle

By Albertina Roca Subscribe to RSS | July 18th 2012 | Views:
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When most people go on a diet, the first change they make is to cut desserts out of their menu. They focus on what they can limit and subtract, rather than all the healthy items they should add to their diet, like fresh veggies and fruits, protein and whole-wheat grains, or just more physical activity. There's really no reason to suffer in order to be healthy, and depriving yourself of something you enjoy that's not unhealthy might have counterproductive results on your diet. Being a gourmet is all about the enjoyment of good food, but without sacrificing health in the process. Read on to find out a few tips on how to enjoy desserts and sweets without adding guilt or unwanted pounds.

Is Dark Chocolate Good For Your Health? Yes!

Chocolate, especially high-end chocolate is actually good for you. Cacao is rich in antioxidant flavonoids, a phytochemical also found in wine, grape, tea and grapefruit. And good news, antioxidants are GREAT for you! They're good for your skin, they prevent aging, they reduce the risk of heart attack. Of course, a square of your favorite dark chocolate may not prevent all your wrinkles, but their cumulative effect will certainly help.

Don't Feel Deprived

Most doctors and nutritionists will tell you that the key to a good diet is balance. A mantra for a successful diet is "don't feel deprived". Restricting yourself so much from things you love will only cause you to eventually fall into temptation and binge. Rather than doing this, leave room in your diet for indulgences. Leonidas Chocolates, delicious chocolates from Belgium, come packed in small boxes. So you can just take one, put the box back, and know that in a couple of days you can indulge again.

Desserts & Portion Control

A huge problem with American diets today is portion control. We tend to eat too much of everything! So with desserts (and with any other meal), limit yourself to a small piece, so that you don't have to feel guilty later. The solution? Individual sizes! Galaxy Desserts has a fabulous line of individual portioned desserts like tarts, cakes and mousses, even an incredible Chocolate Lava Cake. Everything is better when you share it with a friend, so if you feel like indulging after a meal, take one freezable individual dessert from the freezer, and split it. You'll get a taste of what you love, without any remorse later.

Don't cut out good things from your life! Have a bit (or a bite) of what you love, make sure to pair it with good food sense, lots of fruits and vegetables, a healthy workout regimen and lifestyle, and you'll achieve your health goals in no time at all!

Albertina Roca - About Author:
The author is an expert dieter. A love affair and jobs in the gourmet food industry has driven his in his chase to incorporate gourmet desserts and chocolates into her diet. Her favorite indulgence is Leonidas chocolates! For more information please visit http://www.gourmetfoodstore.com

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