I know just as well as the next girl that I’m bound to have those days when I just need a little treat. After all, we all deserve a cookie or cupcake once in a while, right? However, a couple months ago, I was at a point where I was treating myself to sweets…all the time. I had a little bowl of chocolates in my house around Valentine’s Day and I started off by having a piece only when I really wanted it. Harmless, it seemed. But before I knew it, I got into the habit of having a piece of candy at the end of every night.

It can be incredibly easy to slip further off the bandwagon once you’ve started to let up here and there—especially since sugar and junk food can be pretty addictive. So, I’ve come up with a little mindset that helped me curb my sweet tooth when I found myself indulging too often. It’s incredibly simple, but it worked for me. Ready for it? Here it is…

I remember that treats should be treats. Easy as that.

This might seem silly, but all it takes is some willpower and having the right attitude about being healthy. If you look at your diet and see what habits you’ve developed—especially if you’re trying to cut out junk food, sweets or soda—you should be able to identify your triggers. After you’ve done this, try practicing indulging in your “cheat” foods only when you need a treat. They should not be everyday diet staples, but treats for when you really need them. Had a really bad day at work? Pizza might be what you need (or try this recipe for a healthy alternative). Stayed on your workout routine for 6 days straight? An ice cream cookie sandwich might be in order. But if you’re really trying to get healthy and cut out the junk, you have to remember that pizza and ice cream can’t be your regular meals. Or else they aren’t even treats anymore!

This little trick worked for me, and I’ve noticed that now I only indulge in those little pieces of chocolate when I really need a treat (not every night). As I always say, the most important thing to remember is to have a healthy, balanced diet. Indulging is necessary every once in a while, but being strong and healthy is the best feeling of all.

Do you have any tips for limiting your favorite indulgent treats when you’re trying to be healthy?

I’d love to hear your tips in the comments, so leave them below!

XO Lauren

P.S. I’m going to be sharing many more guilt-free recipes here on the site in the next few months. But in the meantime, check out my Raw Vegan Strawberry Coconut Cheesecake or my Protein Cookie Dough for a healthy sweet tooth satisfier, and whip up this Cauliflower Crust Pizza the next time you’re thinking about ordering delivery.

Photo: Lili Et Nene