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Q Tips: Teens Vs. Sweet Treats – Win, Lose or Draw?

One of the hardest parts of a diet for everyone is resisting sweets. I know this is definitely true for me as I have a major sweet tooth. So, is it possible to somehow satisfy your sugary cravings while on a diet? The answer is yes! You’ve probably heard it a million times while searching for diet tips on the internet, but it’s completely true: Everything in moderation. When dieting, it’s important to push yourself to keeping a commitment; however, it’s also important that you don’t deprive yourself of the things you want because that could lead to overeating which can possibly ruin all of your hard work!

Since I’ve started trying to eat healthier, I’ve discovered that rushing into a diet is not for me. Eating less and less sweets every week but still allowing myself to have something is personally the best way for me to keep from overeating. For example, instead of waiting for the weekend to eat whatever sweets come my way, I’ll have a small treat every other two days or so. One day I’ll have a few graham crackers and another day I’ll have a spoonful of nutella. I’ve noticed that if I assign myself a day to eat whatever I want I usually eat too much because I know I won’t be able to have any dessert for a whole other week.

Sweet Temptations

Another way I’ve been satisfying my cravings has been with things like greek yogurt and fruit, cottage cheese and fruit, and frozen fruit. Basically I’m a big fan of fruit. Craving sugary cereal for breakfast? Oatmeal with a smashed banana and cinnamon tastes amazing and will probably satisfy that craving (it definitely has for me!) Craving ice cream? Place some greek yogurt mixed with some fresh berries in the freezer for a few hours and voilà! If you’re not one for fruit, there are a lot of recipes online that use healthier substitutions for their sweets. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to talk about those the next time I write a post, but for now I’ll leave you with a helpful sweets substitutions guide: http://greatist.com/health/healthy-baking-recipe-substitutions-infographic

Good Luck! : ) – VQ

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TRUE TEEN Confessions on Health & Fitness….

Hello! My name is Victoria. I’m 16 years old and currently living in El Paso. When I was first asked to write this blog post I wasn’t really sure what I should talk about. I never really took weight loss seriously until recently and even now I find it pretty hard to keep up. SO, I decided I’d talk a bit about how my experience has been so far and how it is for teenagers overall to achieve their goal of a healthy lifestyle.

When I first took an interest in losing weight I knew I had to do it the right way: healthy diet and regular exercise. I was never big on exercise, and my diet could’ve used a few more vegetables and a little less take out. I tried again and again to lose weight and overall achieve a more healthy way of life but I found myself constantly putting it off. Like I said, it wasn’t until recently that I decided this is what I wanted for myself and that I had to stick to it no matter what; and honestly, that’s all you can do! I won’t lie; motivation has to be the most difficult thing ever in terms of weight loss but if you really want it you’ll eventually come to realize that the struggle is worth it.

Teenagers have some advantages and some disadvantages over adults when trying to lose weight and they all depend on your daily life: Is your family one that eats out a lot or do they make home cooked meals? Does your school serve pizza and fries everyday for lunch or do they have a healthier option? My mom usually cooks healthy meals every night but that’s not the case for all teens. I have friends who want to lose weight but end up eating McDonalds every night because their parents are too busy/tired with work to cook a healthy dinner. They have learned to either cook for themselves or order a healthier choice on the menu like a salad instead of a cheeseburger. At school I always bring a packed lunch. Some days I’ll bring a salad, fruit, and crackers. Others I’ll bring a sandwich or something I can warm up from last night’s dinner. It’s always incredibly hard to resist the smell of pizza in my cafeteria but when so many of my friends are eating healthy lunches around me, it’s easier to withstand.

Victoria's typical school lunch

Victoria’s typical school lunch

Many high schoolers get their exercise from an extracurricular sport like basketball or volleyball. If you’re like me and don’t really have an interest in playing for a school sports team, you’ll find yourself searching for other ways to get active. Taking walks, going to the gym, riding your bike around the neighborhood, or even using a jump rope for a while are few ideas of what you could do. I try to do at least 40 minutes of exercise every day but my goal is 60 (If I can somehow overcome my love of sleep and get up a few minutes earlier to work out!) Homework is another factor that can keep you from exercising as well but I try doing a majority of it at school, during lunch, or while I’m waiting for my mom to pick me up so that I can have time to exercise at home.

So yes, that’s basically all I have to say for now! I tried to keep this post as compact as possible but as you can see there are a lot of different things to talk about! If there’s anything I’ve learned so far it’s to keep trying. You may find yourself eating an unreasonable amount of ice cream somewhere along the line or having a piece of cheesecake when it’s not your cheat day and that’s totally OK. The bottom line is that if it does happen you just have to accept it and try again. Remember that sweets are the best rewards ever and you deserve to indulge once in a while. So yes, I hope this has been an enjoyable read and I’d like to thank my aunt for asking me to write this! All I have is my own experience, but I hope this advice will help someone out there.