Does it feel right to have dinner if there is no desert?

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Does it feel right to have dinner if there is no desert?

Bignuf Bignuf
As our diets get SERIOUS, the skipping of desert just seems to leave a void..even if we both feel full, and had a great meal. We are sure this is just programming and we are trying to break that programming.

Anyone else in the same boat?
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It just does not feel right if I don't have desert of some kind after dinner.
Bignuf , CSEA , ZenaidaMacroura , LikeSunshineDust , Howells , dhig , Gunsmoke
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I never had desert after dinner.
Kkay , cheetahpita , GravyCakes , K101 , leela , DeliciousSurprise , ThoughtsAblaze , ily , Shellz31 , The-IT-Guy-And-My-Secretary , Starkiller87 , kellyg , yw2
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Sometimes I have desert, other times not. Not a priority or gap if I don't.
Ryuson , Coralbell , Sir , Jon S , Yaoi Pervette (deleted) , Rossie , Naughty Student , Spoken Pandora , GenderSexplorations , wetone123 , Jul!a , CSEA , haley730 , newfoundlust , dv8 , mizzmilla , indiglo , Lummox , darthkitt3n , Pink Jewel , Lady Venus , Illumin8 , zracer , slynch , mcl272 , married with children , The-IT-Guy-And-My-Secretary , Pandahb , A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople) , Yiggi , Miss Morphine , leatherlover , El-Jaro , ellejay , hjtee , M121212 , Cream in the Cupcake , dude , namelesschaos , Katelyn
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Sunshineamine , Taylor , P'Gell , JessCee , Ms. Spice , Peggi , ThoughtsAblaze , Errant Venture , PussyPurr , M121212 , Allstars316
11
Total votes: 71 (67 voters)
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Ryuson Ryuson
Sometimes I feel like I should, but other times I really don't mind if I don't! I think that it depends on where we're eating!
09/11/2011
Ansley Ansley
I should hope you skip eating the desert, that would be kind of grainy.

I rarely, if ever, eat dessert with meals. We don't really get down with the devilishly decadent sweets that restaurants serve and I sure as heck can't be bothered to make them at home. Every once in a blue moon we will pick up a tiramisu.
09/11/2011
Jon S Jon S
we never have dessert only if we go to a restaurant
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Coralbell Coralbell
I rarely eat dessert. I usually only have it for special occassion dinners at home. I almost never order dessert at restaurants.
09/11/2011
Sunshineamine Sunshineamine
Only once in a blue moon do I have a dessert and it will be at a restaurant. It's usually cheesecake or tiramisu. If I made a cake at home or something I would have the whole thing gone in a day or two. Best to avoid it.
09/11/2011
Yaoi Pervette (deleted) Yaoi Pervette (deleted)
I don't always need a desert.
09/11/2011
Rossie Rossie
I rarely eat dessert, unless I've ate something loaded with msg, then I'll need something sweet afterwards.
09/11/2011
Taylor Taylor
I probably only have a dessert with a meal maybe 5 or 6 times a year (usually someone's birthday) I think of dessert more as a treat than as a normal part of a meal. I would usually rather eat more of the entree than have a dessert anyway though.

I know when I am dieting I crave EVERYTHING though, so I can see how it might create a "void"
09/11/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
We only have dessert on special occasions. My Man isn't a fan of sweets, we both have a number of relatives with weight problems (although neither of us do) and we didn't want our kids raised to expect dessert after every meal. I hate the child raising tactic of "clean your plate or you don't get dessert" IMO, it creates overweight children who are taught to ignore their bodies "I'm full" signals.

In our house, if you are full you STOP eating, even if you've only had one bite of food. If you aren't hungry, there is never any pressure to eat. Kids in the "Clean Plate Club" actually end up with more health problems than those who are allowed to titrate their own food intake, and I don't think food should be used as a weapon OR as a reward. Ever!


So, for us, desserts are for birthdays, holidays and company. My kids never ask for it, because it is rarely offered. there is always fruit in the fruit drawer of the refrigerator, and they know that, if they are still hungry after a meal. Although I think walking away from the table before one feels completely full is a very good idea, and I always do this. I encourage our kids to follow this example.

We were at a birthday party last night, and my youngest daughter actually ate one bite of cake and realized she was full. I think that is a good sign, if they can say NO to sweets based purely on their own body signals being honored and recognized.
09/11/2011
Yaoi Pervette (deleted) Yaoi Pervette (deleted)
Quote:
Originally posted by P'Gell
We only have dessert on special occasions. My Man isn't a fan of sweets, we both have a number of relatives with weight problems (although neither of us do) and we didn't want our kids raised to expect dessert after every meal. I hate the ...
I can relate to the "clean your plate" mentality. My parents were like this. We would be scolded if we didn't finish our meals, because they thought of it as wasting food. Needless to say, we were all fat! Both of my parents now have Type 2 diabetes.
09/11/2011
JessCee JessCee
Quote:
Originally posted by P'Gell
We only have dessert on special occasions. My Man isn't a fan of sweets, we both have a number of relatives with weight problems (although neither of us do) and we didn't want our kids raised to expect dessert after every meal. I hate the ...
We only have deserts on holidays or birthdays.

I couldn't put it better myself, P'Gell. I have always had to defend my opinion on the "clean your plate" issue with some know-it-all friends, I never realized how many people see it as a bad thing when a kid doesn't eat ALL of their food! I understand not wanting to waste food, but it's totally not worth my kid eating food their body doesn't want/need and becoming overweight!
09/11/2011
Kkay Kkay
I don't have sweets as a regular part of meals. If I want something sweet and I'm not hungry, I just have it. It'd be strange to me to always incorporate it as part of a meal.
09/11/2011
Spoken Pandora Spoken Pandora
Usually by the time I am done with dinner, dieting or not, I'm too full for dessert.
09/11/2011
Naughty Student Naughty Student
My guy and I have major cravings for sweet stuff but it is super unhealthy lol. So we try to eat sweets only one night a week and mostly on the weekends. Often we visit his parents and they have pie, ice cream, chocolate and all sorts of other stuff.

I never really had any deserts at my moms or dads, we only had desserts on occasion. I think we didn't have sweets (especially ice cream) at my moms because she was/is bulimic and having sweets around made her binge then purge. My dad never really had sweets because he could only afford the essentials.

If I make desserts at home I try to make low fat, low sugar desserts. So even if we eat a load of dessert, we don't feel as guilty. I love making blue berry pudding with fresh blue berries we pick i the woods. It's sweet but it isn't too fattening
09/11/2011
cheetahpita cheetahpita
Growing up, dessert was never part of dinner. We'd occasionally eat ice cream or cookies, but they weren't reserved for a specific time or meal - it was just a treat for whenever.
09/11/2011
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
the only time i eat dessert is when i go out to eat. when i was tiny, we would have dessert after every meal, but when i hit 6 or so, that trend stopped.
09/11/2011
GenderSexplorations GenderSexplorations
Depends on what we have for dinner. If it's a heavy dinner, no dessert, if it's a light dinner, dessert. Usually it's more of a sweet after-dinner snack.
09/11/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
It depends for me. At home I never really have dessert. Occasionally I'll get myself a bowl of ice cream or something like that, and if I'm craving that when I start eating dinner, I'll even end up leaving some of my dinner so I can have a little dessert without having to force feed myself. If we're out, I'll sometimes do the same thing.
09/11/2011
GravyCakes GravyCakes
i grew up almost never having desert. i usually like to fill up on dinner. im not a super huge sweets eater, & i don't really like having something sweet after dinner. i usually eat desert type foods at random times in the day if i crave them.
09/11/2011
Peggi Peggi
We eat our dessert first in our family so we always eat it
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haley730 haley730
I eat desert ever now and then
09/11/2011
K101 K101
I hardly even get a chance to eat dinner. LoL. Usually I'm eating in front of the computer or with my school work and usually don't have dessert, but I ALWAYS have a kit kat, m&m's or some kind of chocolate.
09/11/2011
Ash1141 Ash1141
I never eat dessert unless I'm at a buffet.
09/11/2011
ThoughtsAblaze ThoughtsAblaze
Well, I'm certainly not a fan of "desert" but I do like desserts.

I'm not a huge sweets person, but on the rare occasion when I buy them, I have a bad tendency of just gobbling them up in 24 hours. Thus, dessert for me is generally the opportunity to go out perhaps every other month for ice cream, gelato, etc with friends, or I'll snag a treat when someone in the office brings in baked goods.
09/11/2011
mizzmilla mizzmilla
doesn't matter!
09/11/2011
potstickers potstickers
I usually don't have dessert. It's a rare treat when I do. After dinner I'm usually full and don't want the extra calories just to say I had dessert.
09/11/2011
indiglo indiglo
While I am a fan of sweets, I only very rarely eat dessert after a meal. I'm usually too full from the meal. If I'm really craving something sweet after eating, I'll have a small piece of chocolate, just get a sweet taste in my mouth. Other times I'll just wait a couple of hours, and then have something dessert-ish!
09/12/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
I'm with Indigo. I don't have desserts, but I do like a small sweet to have afterwards.
09/12/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
I never bother with a dessert after dinner. I just don't see that it's needed and I'd be even bigger if I did that all the time.
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