Pancakes. They’ve been on my mind all week. All the weather man has to do is mention snow, and I crave sugar. I thought the craving would pass, but it didn’t. The mere thought of pancakes made me miserable with longing. Clearly, my life wasn’t going to be complete without pancakes. How could food have such a strong hold on me? How could one food determined my whole mood? I asked myself these questions over and over…..Finally, it was clear. Why was I depriving myself of something I wanted? Since I began recovery, I have been completely against dieting. Dieting is the devil! I do believe in healthy living. To me that means indulging in what I want to eat, in the most healthy way possible. I have discovered that depriving myself leads to binging, which leads to depression, which leads to dieting. I’ve promised myself that I’d never fall victim to that cycle of torture again. So, after a walk through the pine tree farm with my mom and nieces, what did I do?
I decided to make pancakes! From the top self of the pantry, I pulled down my 1996 Betty Croker Cookbook. I had received it for my first wedding, back in the days when I’d first grown out my bangs and my perm; when my sole purpose in life was to be the perfect home-cooked-meals-kind-of-wife. That plaid cookbook was the holy grail of all newly-wed wives. For the first time in years, I found the dog-earred page that contained the beloved pancake recipe. Oh, the hundreds of times I’d made these over the years!
I wanted to feel better about my choice to eat pancakes, so I made a few substitutions. I had no idea whether or not the healthier substitutions would work. I was amazed! The pancakes were delicious! They were better than the original recipe. I will never go back to my old way of making them. In fact, next time, I will experiment with using applesauce for part of the oil, or using egg whites in place of the whole egg. Instead of putting blueberries in the pancakes, I might make my own sugar-free blueberry syrup. I will happily experiment a little more! These pancakes, as I made them tonight, were 67 calories apiece. A ate a couple of pieces of bacon with my pancakes. It’s always a good idea to eat protein with sugar because it helps to metabolize the sugar better. I’m happy now that I’ve had my pancakes. I’ve also had wine and chocolate today because those are all things I love. I ate within my calorie range and I realize that if I ate only vegetables for the rest of my life, I might be more healthy, but surely, I would’t be happy. Because, a girl needs to have the things in her life that she loves.
Remember, diets don’t work. If you constantly have to deprive yourself, you are setting yourself up for failure. Make healthier substitutions for the things you love. Eat smaller portions and enjoy your food. As a future health coach, I encourage you to do things that work for YOU!
What would you add to your pancakes? Comment below!