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Everything in Moderation: There’s Always Room for Dessert

Happy Thursday, friends!

I hope you loved yesterday’s playlist! Thanks to everyone who left comments – I’d still love to hear what YOU’VE been listening to as of late!

Today’s post is short and sweet. Literally.

Last night my husband and I did something pretty crazy. We went on a week-night date! Just call us crazy cats. But, we did have a good reason, we were celebrating his two year anniversary at his job. I am so incredibly proud of him and all of his hard work, so when he suggested going out to celebrate, I couldn’t say no!

We ate at a fairly new, (to Little Rock) restaurant called BJ’s Brewhouse. If you’ve been there in your own town, then you know it is de-licious. And filling. Which brings me today’s topic!

Everything in Moderation: There’s Always Room for Dessert

I think sometimes readers probably think, “how does she eat junk all the time and still run and blog about healthy living?” Well, I don’t eat junk and sweets ALL the time, but when I do, I do in moderation, and I’m sure to follow it up with a dose of exercise, and healthier habits the next day. I don’t guilt trip myself for rewarding myself every now and then. If 90% of the time I’m eating a whole, colorful, and balanced diet, I think I’m doing pretty good. I would be flat out lying to your face if I said what I ate was healthy 100% of the time. I have a sweet tooth the size of the moon, but I’d still call myself “healthy.”


I would consider Sweet Miles to fall into the “healthy living blog” category, but not every “healthy living blog” dictates healthy living as all organic, non-processed, low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free.

The good Lord knows I’m none of those, and I will never promote those diets/fads/lifestyles, if that’s not how I live day-to-day!

My motto for healthy living is “everything in moderation.” The Bible warns against all sorts of gluttony, so I’m also not talking about overeating and eating whatever you want all the time, but more so about portion control, smart choices, and common sense. Make sense?

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ย I’m not a fan of feeling restricted in what I eat, so I try not to worry too much about it, honestly. There’s too many other things in life to worry about, other than are my oats whole wheat or not. If I’m actually eating oats, I’m already off to a good start.

I truly believe you can live a healthy lifestyle if you just THINK before you eat. Just take TWO seconds and think about what you are about to put in your mouth. Is it a huge portion that might make you regret it later? Is your plate overflowing? Does it contain a thousand ingredients you probably can’t pronounce? Does it honestly, deep down inside your conscience, even appear to be healthy? Would your grandmother slap you upside the head for eating it? Are you already trying to come up with a justified reason to eat it? Is it man-made or could it have come from a garden?

Don’t over think it by any means, but just eat honestly. Be honest with yourself on whether or not what you are eating is a good idea.ย Sometimes a whole lot of a good thing, can still be a bad thing.ย Eat until you’re full, then put it down. Save half for later. Split it with someone. Don’t get up for seconds. But, enjoy that dessert because you probably deserve it. You can start over tomorrow. Better yet, take a long walk after dinner.

Everything in moderation is key. A little this and a little that here or there, isn’t going to kill you. But the stress of sticking to your crazy diet, might.

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I’m by no means promoting that you truly can just eat whatever you want. I’m promoting the idea that mess up days, are going to happen, and that’s okay. You’re human! That saving room for dessert every now and then is okay. Eating that dessert doesn’t suddenly make you “unhealthy.” That one soda here or one slice of pizza there, isn’t going to ruin your health. Just don’t be so hard on yourself! Your “diet” will NEVER be perfect.

Disclaimer: Obviously if you have a health reason for AVOIDING certain foods altogether, you’re not going to then eat them in moderation. Example: A person with Celiac’s or gluten sensitivity is clearly not going to eat gluten “in moderation.” A person who is lactose-intolerant, is clearly not going to just eat dairy “in moderation.” A person who is overweight with diabetes, is not going to eat candy “in moderation.” And a person who is legitimately trying to lose weight, isn’t going to load up on carbs and fats “in moderation.”

Hopefully that last point was common sense, ya’ll. I’m no doctor, but I’m hoping you were smart enough to assume that!

So, here’s to living a healthy lifestyle – one that allows for happiness, the occasional reward, and less stress! And plenty of running and exercise of course ๐Ÿ™‚

What are your thoughts on diets? Are you real restrictive on what you eat? Do you take time to enjoy dessert every now and then? Positive thoughts only please!


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    May 8, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I agree 100%. I consider my blog to be a healthy living blog and I will admit that I eat dessert every night. I am fairly careful about what I eat and I work at being healthy, but I will not obsess over it…I think that is unhealthy. I lead a very active life style and I eat a small portion of dessert almost every night and I do not stress about it :).
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    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
    May 8, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I totally believe in everything in moderation (unless certain foods make your tummy hurt!). Last night I was craving ice-cream, so I got it. Have you tried the Ben & Jerrys Peanut Butter Fudge Core flavor!? To. Die. For.
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    Lisa @ Two Martinis
    May 8, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    I ALWAYS leave room for dessert. What’s the fun in working out and trying to be healthy if there isn’t a ‘splurge’ once in a while?!
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    May 8, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Oh my goodness. I’m craving sweets so badly now that I’ve read your post! Congrats to your hubby and his work anniversary ๐Ÿ™‚
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    May 8, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    The PIZOOKIE might be one of my top 5 things in life! It is amazing. No matter how hard you try to make this at home, NOTHING tastes as good as getting one at BJ’s! Thanks goodness for moderation and MINI Pizookie’s, my wildest dreams came true! I can live on the PB ones, but my Bestest said the new Salted Carmel one is to die for too! All this writing and now I want to get one (I even refrained from ordering one on Sunday night)!!
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    Chrissy @Pink Polish and Running Shoes
    May 8, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    I don’t believe in depriving myself or restricting any foods, but I do try to eat healthy during the week and then I pretty much let myself do whatever I want on the weekends.
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    May 8, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    You make some great points. You have to LIVE first and foremost, and what’s the fun of living if you can’t have dessert now and then? I buy organic for foods that should be purchased that way, and the others I don’t. I try to eat paleo-ish, but I eat whole grains and quinoa and dairy. I know my body. I know how it reacts when I eat crap and I know I can tolerate dairy and gluten just fine. I think that is key, to know yourself. And like you said, take two seconds to think. Eat good things. Eat whole things. Pronounce your ingredients. It’s not hard! Thanks for the reminder.
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    Carly @ Fine Fit Day
    May 8, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    I love this! And I totally agree. Let’s face it, life without ice cream would be a pretty sad affair. I think it’s healthier to have a treat occasionally without stressing out over it.
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    May 8, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    We consider our blog to be Healthy Living too, but we eat what we want and LOVE sweets! You can live healthy in all sorts of ways and not have to “diet”.
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    cait @pieceofcait
    May 8, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    totally agree! lifes too short.. eat dessert and sometimes first ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine
    May 9, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I have a similar view on healthy eating. I try to eat natural and nutritious foods most of the time, but I also allow room for treats and I try not to be restrictive. There are some days that I don’t eat as well as others but I try to just move on and not worry too much about it. It can also be expensive to eat certain “healthy” foods, so I try to balance eating well while also keeping a reasonable food budget.
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    Erin @ The Almond Eater
    May 9, 2014 at 8:22 am

    I couldn’t agree more! Depriving ourselves of sweets would be cruel and if we are eating healthy and colorfully most of the time then I don’t see anything wrong with it! Sweets are necessary in my opinion ๐Ÿ™‚
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    Greta @ fueledbyfresh
    May 9, 2014 at 10:07 am

    I’m totally right there with you on everything in moderation! My husband and I recently started the paleo diet and we were super strict on it for 21 days as a form of a challenge and since then have veered slightly from “strict” paleo and I am totally okay with that! I am human and I enjoy things like ice cream and cereal. I don’t eat it all the time but when I do I don’t get upset with myself. My husband is more strict and hard on himself and I see him beating himself up when we veer off the paleo path and it just seems stressful. I try to explain to him the everything in moderation mantra, but he is totally a 100% or nothing guy. Oh well, at least I tried!
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    May 9, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I was ironically just talking to someone about this exact sort of thing when I clicked on the link to your post. I was trying to explain that it is okay to eat something unhealthy and you don’t have to wait until Monday to “start over”. I don’t believe in dieting and I treat myself every now and then, I will just then make the next choice a healthy one!

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    Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork
    May 9, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I completely agree with you. Food is meant to not only nourish us, but to be enjoyed.
    I make sure to have a healthy treat every day otherwise I would go crazy. Some days it’s really small and some days it’s a little bigger (like at birthday celebrations or the holidays). At a minimum I have a small piece of dark chocolate every day. Why dark chocolate? Because it’s good for you and it really satisfies my sweet tooth. I am a total chocoholic. And I could eat ice cream every day, but I don’t. Maybe once a month, but usually less.
    I also like to experiment with making healthy desserts. I’ve been making a small concoction lately that I call cookie dough: a few spoonfuls of full-fat plain Greek yogurt, about a teaspoon of peanut butter, a small handful of old-fashioned oats, and about a teaspoon of chocolate bits. Mix it all together and pretend it’s cookie dough. The fat, fiber, and protein are satisfying, so you’re not reaching for more.
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    dawn @ running the dawn
    May 10, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    yes! moderation! i’ve tried some more restrictive diets and i never stick to it.

    i do struggle with limiting my portions and not going over board…but that’s a whole other topice ๐Ÿ™‚
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    Kristin @ A Mom on the Run
    May 12, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I’m right there with you!

    I eat healthy most of the time and try to avoid overly processed junk, but sometimes you just need to indulge. (I say this as I’m eating dark chocolate covered pretzels that the kiddos got me for mothers day, haha!)

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      Sweet Miles
      May 16, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Hahaha! Much deserved dark chocolate covered pretzels though I’m sure!! OH! I still need to email you about WDW marathon! I need some more detailed into on finding discounts for places to stay, etc!!

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    Jessica Washburn
    May 13, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Moderation is KEY and yet at times when I’m stressed or having cravings it can be so hard. Another time I tend to throw caution to the wind is when I’m tired. It would be so much more wise to take a twenty minute nap, but for some reason, I’ll reach for something sweet. It’s like my brain thinks “Hey, that’ll give me an energy boost!” Duh. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Glad to have found your blog. Love the design. xo, Jess


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      Sweet Miles
      May 16, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Thanks Jess! So glad you stopped by! Yes, when I’m tired, all of my healthy eating is typically out the window! I’m the same way when it comes to drinking too much diet coke…I should really just close my eyes for 10 minutes and I’d feel better!

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