Dessert Threshold

Hiiii everyone!

Today baby L has her 6 month appointment, and I have a bit of a girls’ night tonight (clothing swap I am helping organize). It should be a good day!


Today I am just going to share my thoughts about something I did/something that happened Sunday & Monday. I didn’t want to make it a big deal (because it’s not) but I thought it’d be helpful to share my experience with you all. :)

And we’re talking food, so I am linking up with Jenn’s cyber eating party!


Dessert Threshold

On Sunday evening we went to a dinner at our friends’ parents place (with baby L sporting her huge bow). It was an outside affair with a bunch of people, and it was a buffet style dinner. After dinner the desserts (yes plural) were brought out. One of my favorite parts about dinner!

Am I right?! :)

Well, I wound up eating 1. a piece of a very decadent chocolate cake, 2. a piece of chocolate chip cookie cake, 3. a piece of rhubarb crumble, 3. a scoop of raspberry dark chocolate ice cream, and had 4. several bites of some dessert (not sure of the name). I wish I had taken pictures of it all, but I ate it with baby L sleeping in my arms. Yes I am talented, but no, I only have 2 hands. πŸ˜‰

That dessert may sound like a lot (or a little) to you, but let me tell you, it was all delicious! And I enjoyed every bite (well, maybe the last few not so much).

However, on Monday?

I was sluggish, tired, and just not as energized as I usually am. (For the record, baby L slept amazing that night, only waking up her normal 1 time to eat so I know it’s not because I didn’t get enough sleep). I didn’t teach my classes very well/everything felt off.

So guess who ate too much dessert–going past her dessert threshold–and paid for it the next day?


A few thoughts about this experience I wanted to share with ya:

  • I like dessert. I like sweets. I will continue to eat them. What I don’t like: when I eat a bit too much of it and it makes me feel yucky. I don’t often go overboard, but for some reason, that evening, I did.
  • I fully and consciously made the choice to eat that much dessert. No bingeing or even feeling guilty about it. I definitely was a bit frustrated with myself the next day, but I was NOT like “I’m never going to eat dessert again!” <—a huge change from how I used to be back in the disordered eating days
  • I don’t see food as black & white and I don’t label food as good or bad, BUT this experience reminds me yet again that how we fuel our body does matter! For myself and my body, I can feel/be just fine with a small dessert or two per day, but more than that? It just makes me feel sluggish.
  • I realized I have a slightly lower threshold for baked goods (cookies, cakes, crisps, crumbles, etc.) than I do for ice cream/fro yo/gelato. I have no idea why that is!!

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Have a GREAT day!! <3

Do YOU have different dessert thresholds??! What is YOUR all-time favorite dessert??! Chocolate chip cookie or ice cream???!

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  1. I’m not sure if I have a dessert threshold. Just yesterday one of my students and her mom brought us dinner and a huge bag of candy – which I promptly dug in to!
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  2. I totally get this. I love desserts and could eat tons of cookies. However, I don’t feel like myself and don’t feel like I have energy after eating all of that. I need to either stick to one of something, or just not have it. It saves me from feeling like crap for the day or the next day!

  3. I wish I had a dessert threshold. No such thing over here…
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  4. I’m definitely the same way – I love desserts and could eat them all the time, but I have to watch myself otherwise I find myself feeling like crap!
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  5. Yep, I’m pretty sensitive to feeling junky if I have a lot of sugar. I like variety in my desserts and don’t want to deny myself, so when I go to a party with several dessert options, I’ll often take just a little bit of each. And if I want more of a certain one, go back for more. That seems to keep me from a sugar-hangover πŸ˜‰
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  6. I’m so glad you addressed this! I am the same way. Because I love sweets so much, I do catch myself going overboard from time to time and I definitely feel it the next day. It’s always a good reminder for me that fueling my body well is important. I’m thankful I no longer have a disordered mindset about it all though. If I had an overly indulgent day several years ago, I most likely would have told myself “no more sweets” for the next week (ridiculous!). Glad we’re past that. πŸ˜‰

    Hope you and baby Lily have a good day! Hugs!
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  7. I totally know what you are talking about! The same thing happens to me – and the next day I feel just terrible. The issue for me is stopping in time the night before. . . because sweets always taste good and there is always room for more! Thanks for sharing. And that clothing swap sounds like lots of fun!

    • I am glad you feel similarly–I was hoping others would ‘get’ what I was talking about! It’s kind of silly to make a whole post about it….but I am glad I did! It’s good to know we all have the same weaknesses and then realize-“oh wait, maybe 5 {large} pieces of dessert is not such a good thing the next day?!” haha
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  8. Been there done that!!! Desserts are just oh so yummy and yes I feel it the next day…I feel it when I eat junk food too. I almost like that my body does that, reminds me WHY I am a healthy eater stick to whole foods most of the time.

    These days ice cream over cookies any day :)
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  9. danielle says:

    ohhhhhhh yeah, girl i totally feel your pain. even though my palette love sweets of all kinds, my tummy doesn’t sweet baked goods that much. i can handle a small bite or two. but honestly that doesn’t satisfy me. what i love and know i can handle are creamy soft things such as creme brule or gelato, froyo, ice cream. anything in that family. heck, i’ve made banana ice cream in a pinch. all that’s not as bad for my tummy, i can eat more and satisfy the sugar monkey. i love cake but if i have a slice it just doesn’t feel so awesome and i still want ice cream, so why not just eat ice cream with lots of yummy toppings? that’s my take :)

  10. Can I have chocolate chip cookie AND ice cream? Preferably a warm cookie with melty vanilla on top? Yum.
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  11. I loooooooooooove sweets, but I definitely notice it if I have too many. Not usually a night to next day thing like you, but if it’s during the same day. One of the volunteers at my full-time job brings us homemade cookies every week and I have to stop myself from eating them most of the time. If I have them when they first come in (8:30 AM), I seriously crave more (and give in and give in again) all day and by 3 PM I’m super sluggish and don’t feel awesome (and then going to work out after work is even harder). If I wait until later in the day, I can usually stop myself at just a couple and then they’re both delightful and I still feel good.

    In terms of favorite dessert, if I have to pick one, it’d be ice cream. I do love me some cookies though. Peanut butter, chocolate chip, peanut butter WITH chocolate chips, snickerdoodles… I don’t really discriminate. :)
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    • that is interesting about timing the dessert (during day or evening). That is awesome you know that about yourself!

      My weakness is def those type of gatherings where there are a ton of people and lots of yummy desserts. I usually do pretty well, but I think the weekend ‘celebration’ of our anniversary just lasted allll weekend in my mind πŸ˜‰
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      • The trouble is knowing I’ll feel totally fine if I indulge after dinner! πŸ˜‰

        Gatherings are definitely my downfall as well – not just with with sweets, but all food. It’s just too easy too keep eating when it tastes good. I think you mentioned it in a post awhile back, but I try to stick to “fill a plate” vs. “graze near the table.” Haha.
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  12. I’ve definitely overdone it and paid for it! It’s helpful to help keep myself in check the next time around. At dessert buffets like that, I TRY to choose 1 or maybe 2 small things… but it’s hard!
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  13. My favorite desert = cannolis (or cannoli pie). Have you ever had a cannoli? I used to think they were too sweet, but now, for some reason, I just love them. :)
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  14. I love love ice cream….but it is a difficult relationship….I tend to just feel like crap the next day. I’ve learned that I don’t feel the best with sugary foods. Boo!! I love to bake though for others.
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