There are several cookie diets around right now. The cookie
diet that is most famous is Dr. Sanford Siegal’s cookie diet, in which dieters eat special
“nutritious” cookies whenever they feel hungry and try to stick to 800
calories a day.
If you have ever tried to eat only 800 calories in a day you will see
how that diet might be hard to handle.
There are several other takes on the cookie diet around, most of them
based on the same principle of eating cookies pumped up with
nutritional ingredients in place of regular meals.
Substituting meals for cookies pumped up with vitamins is not a new
idea. In fact it has been around for decades. The problem is these
types of diets don’t work for most people.
First of all nutritious cookies just don’t taste as good as regular
cookies, and secondly they tend to cost a whole lot more. Even though
we long for cookies when we know we can’t eat them, when it turns out
that all we can eat is cookies, and then only 800 calories worth of
them all day long, cookies start to lose their appeal. Now that they
are no longer the forbidden food, but everything else is -- guess what…
you start to crave everything else and cookies quickly lose their
Here’s another take on a cookie diet. Develop your own healthy diet.
Pack it full of everything you know your body needs. Include generous
helpings of fruit and vegetables, pack in some oatmeal and whole wheat
bread, and include a little of your favorite fish, some chicken, pasta
and yogurt. Every once in a while, fry some fish up in a small amount
of olive oil and even include avocados, nuts, and eggs.
Then go out and buy a pack of your favorite cookies. Or your favorite
cookie dough (isn’t the dough sometimes better than the actual
cookies?). And eat a little. Just one or two. Maybe three.
Think of the cookie diet and how it would grow old if all you could eat
Use this thought to stop you overindulging.
Cookie eating is fun if it is short and to the point. If you overdo it,
it stops being fun and becomes guilt city.
While you savor your two cookies, try to enjoy every crumb, every
morsel, and remember that if you ate nothing but cookies all the time
you would quickly tire of them.
One of the reasons cookies taste so good is because you don’t get to
eat them all the time. They are one of the forbidden foods.
Why does a cookie diet sound so good? Because it plays on our
imagination to indulge wantonly in one of our favorite forbidden foods.
But it’s not really that cut and dried. Even if we could eat real
cookies all day without gaining weight, if cookies were as good for you
as broccoli, they would lose their appeal. If they weren’t forbidden,
they simply wouldn’t taste so good.
If it makes you feel better, look up the calorie count in three cookies
on the cookie bag label and count it in to your daily allowance. That
way you can eliminate the guilt and have your diet and your cookies too!
Who needs a cookie diet? You can eat cookies whenever you want to. Just
make sure that when you do, you enjoy every crumb and remember not to
overindulge. That really would spoil everything.
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