Here's a confession. Sometimes when I am reading bedtime stories to my son, I am really only thinking about one thing - dessert. So while I should be focusing on Shel Silverstein, I'm actually thinking about that peanut butter chocolate ice cream in the freezer.
Coming from a Korean background, dessert at our house was usually fruit. I'm talking orange slices and melon wedges. We did have ice cream and my mom baked an occasional carrot cake, but unless it was someone's birthday, we didn't have real sweets until I learned to bake. What's really kind of amusing about my effort to cut back on sweets is that I am trying to replace chocolate with - wait for it - fruit!At least during the summer, my options were plentiful. Now that the weather has fully ushered in fall where I live, I am craving things like hot chocolate and brownies! Of course, I realize I don't need to cut myself off completely. I'll happily have a treat so I don't always deprive myself. I'm just trying to be more judicious when I know I'm using sugar to make up for being tired. Sugar is a quick energy boost, but not one that makes me feel good at the end of the day. Sometimes, if my son hasn't already, I suggest an afternoon walk in the rain, and it always does the trick, even if I really have to motivate myself. Then I read that splashing water on your face actually boosts your energy. So I should be feeling really refreshed all winter if I expose myself to the elements instead of going for an afternoon treat. Either that or I need to find a really good apple pie recipe.